Emily Carr University of Art and Design (formerly the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) is a public post-secondary art school located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, it was named after the Canadian artist Emily Carr in 1978. Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design's arms, supporters, flag, and badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on April 20, 2007. On April 28th, 2008, the Provincial Government announced that it would amend the University Act at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and recognize Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as a full university, which would be named Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The university began its operation under the new name on September 1, 2008. Emily Carr is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated to professional education and learning in the arts, media, and design. Formerly known as the Vancouver School of Art, it was established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. In 1978, ECU was designated a provincial institute before moving to Granville Island in 1980. A second building on Granville Island was opened in 1995. In 1995, ECU was granted authority to offer bachelor's degrees: BFA and BDes and honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), Honorary Doctor of Laws (D.Laws) and Honorary Doctor of Technology (D.Technology). In 1997, ECU was granted authority to offer Bachelor of Media Arts degrees (BMA). In 2006, ECI launched a Master of Applied Arts (MAA), and opened the Intersections Digital Studio. In 2007, the Great Northern Way consortium made up of Emily Carr, UBC, SFU and BCIT launched the Master of Digital Media program (MDM) at the Great Northern Way Campus. Emily Carr offers undergraduate degrees in visual arts, media arts and design. The Master of Applied Arts degree focuses on the specialized skills and knowledge needed to link art, design and media to industry and professional practice. Emily Carr has an articulation agreement with Vancouver Island School of Art.