Capilano University

Founded 1968 | Vancouver, BC

Nestled in the North Shore mountains, a mere 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Capilano University is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanists alike. In 2019, CapU opened a new campus in Lower Lonsdale, in the centre of the rapidly evolving shipyards community. With six classrooms and flexible learning spaces, the design of CapU Lonsdale celebrates the natural environment. The kálax-ay campus in Sechelt, B.C. serves students on the Sunshine Coast and along the Whistler-Squamish corridor.

The university is best known for its jazz, film, animation and performing arts programs. CapU graduate Bria Skonberg and instructor Brad Turner were nominated for Juno awards in 2020. Graduates have worked on Oscar-winning animated films, including Disney’s Zootopia. Capilano’s paralegal, early childhood care and education, music therapy and design programs are also highly regarded. In 2021, CapU launched three new bachelor degrees in psychology, general sciences and kinesiology, along with additional options for customizable minors.

In 2020, the school began an Indigenous digital accelerator program, supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs in digital, technological and creative fields. The Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre welcomes Indigenous students and regularly hosts Elders-In-Residence.

The average class size at Capilano is 25, allowing students the opportunity for individual attention. The annual B.C. student outcomes survey found 95 per cent of bachelor degree students at Capilano were satisfied with their education.

Popular Programs

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Diploma in Business Administration

• Associate Degree in Science

• Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts

• Bachelor Arts—Psychology

School Size



• Degree $6,061-$17,497

• Diploma $6,061-$21,412

• Certificate $4,168-$13,238

• Post-Grad $3,543-$9,030

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Interaction Design: Students connect design and technology to prepare for an exciting career in tech.

• Tourism Management: Students prepare for leadership roles in the tourism sector by learning about business, communication, and tourism, and are encouraged to do a semester abroad.

• Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education: This program covers theory, research and practice so students gain the skills and knowledge to work with children and youth.