Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an aspiring actor, or a concert pianist in the making – someone who’s at ease in front of an easel, at a keyboard, or behind the scenes – there’s a program for you at UBC. Come here to discover and develop your skills in film, theatre, music, visual art, creative writing, media, and more.

Explore your program options

Media Studies

Explore new media and examine the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and society in the Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that will enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors across the knowledge economy.

A professor’s perspective

UBC Music Bob Pritchard Laptop Orchestra

Meet Professor Pritchard, a music professor who’s using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

Music: Advanced Performance

Imagine having a world-class concert hall like The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in your backyard! In the Music: Advanced Performance program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study music theory, technology, and musicianship while completing four years of private instruction in voice, opera, piano, organ, guitar, harpsichord, or an orchestral instrument of your choice.

Art History and Visual Culture

Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you analyze diverse forms of art and visual culture, including “high art,” performance art, pop culture, architecture, and everyday objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The cross-disciplinary Art History and Visual Culture program on UBC’s Okanagan campus delves into the heart of human experience and identity.

The student scoop

UBC alumnus Nadine Bradshaw

Meet Nadine, a Visual Arts alumna who has fond memories of painting on mountain tops and staying up all night to install her fourth-year exhibition.

Theatre: Design and Production

Learn more about set, costume, lighting, and sound design, including set and costume construction, stage and production management, and other production technologies. As a graduate of the Theatre: Design and Production program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll be ready to work in professional theatre or film, or pursue advanced training in grad school.

See a full list of media and fine arts programs at UBC


Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Are you interested in learning a new language, helping to revitalize an endangered language, or understanding the roots of a language you already know? Have you ever wondered how language shapes culture and society, and how pop culture and social media influence language? One of UBC’s languages and linguistics programs could be for you.

Explore your program options


Study literature written in English from around the world, from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry in the English program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll also learn more about the English language itself, including its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media.

The student scoop

Meet Stephanie, a UBC alumna who majored in English and volunteered as a literacy mentor with UBC’s Trek program.

French and Spanish

Explore French and Spanish cultures in and outside the classroom, and learn how they’ve impacted Canada and other countries across the globe – all while refining your speaking and written skills in both languages – in the French and Spanish program on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

First Nations and Endangered Languages

Explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally, and internationally in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

A professor’s perspective

Christine Schreyer

Meet Professor Schreyer, a linguist and anthropologist who helped develop Superman’s mother tongue.

Speech Sciences

Study language structure, child development and language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and more in Speech Sciences on UBC’s Vancouver campus. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.

See a full list of languages and linguistics programs at UBC


Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

If you’re a high school student aged 15 to 18 and you’re interested in experiencing life at a top-tier university, UBC’s Future Global Leaders program might just be the thing for you. This unique pre-university program offers three streams covering a range of interests, which are all taught by top UBC professors, instructors, and coaches. There’s also a full calendar of social and cultural activities in and around Vancouver, and you have the option of staying in a UBC student residence to get a real sense of what university life is all about.

Choose from the following two-week program streams and get a head start on your university experience.

Focus on academics

Choose from more than 25 different courses taught by UBC professors and instructors through the Academic Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Try out a subject you’re considering for university or college, or explore a completely new interest!

Focus on English language

Work on your English skills with other teens from around the world in the English Language Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Gain confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while developing your leadership and academic skills – and experience life at one of the world’s best universities while you’re at it.

Focus on athletics

Thinking about playing baseball at the university level? Sign up for the Pre-Varsity Sport stream of the program and find out what it’s like to be a student-athlete at one of North America’s top universities. Train at UBC’s brand new state-of-the-art baseball facilities with some of the best varsity coaches in Canada while learning about the university and college recruitment process.


Joining the Future Global Leaders program will help you develop critical academic and social skills that will be valuable during the transition from high school to post-secondary life. You’ll also benefit from networking with like-minded students from around the world, and gain a real university experience in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

The 2018 sessions of Future Global Leaders will take place this July and August. Registration is now open.

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that comprises multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills? UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that while award-winning professors help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines, from human pathology, immunology, and biochemistry, to genetics, statistics, and medical microbiology.


What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which provides you with research experiences in laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a career that fulfills you.


What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, medical laboratory technology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.


What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

If you want to see the type of student that is a great fit for Medical Laboratory Science, read what alumna Lily Takeuchi has to say about her experience. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage of during her studies, and where her degree can take her.


I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna 


How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To be eligible for admission to this two-year undergraduate degree, you must complete a two-year general program of specific science prerequisites – which could be taken in first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science – or a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma program and specific chemistry prerequisites.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a science-based degree that challenges you academically, provides exciting opportunities to enrich your university experience, and opens the door to a breadth of in-demand careers? UBC’s Faculty of Forestry – ranked top 3 in the world – has five programs that span topics from wood engineering and sustainability to soil science and urban planning.

No matter which Forestry program you study, you’ll be part of a diverse, close-knit community where faculty get to know their students by name, and where you have ample opportunities to dig deeper into your specialization with research, travel, and unique classroom experiences.


Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, Forest Sciences is an ideal program for you. You’ll study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms and the ecology of plant and animal communities. This knowledge will help you better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration.

“I like the flexibility in terms of choosing what topic within Forest Sciences that I can focus on. There are suggested specializations, such as hydrology or entomology, but I’m also able to choose a topic that I’m interested in. There is a specialization in International Forestry, where students are required to spend time abroad and learn about forest ecosystems in a global context.”
–Jennifer Hong, 4th year, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences


Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines science – biological, physical, and social – and technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management and develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber. You can choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“Forest Resources Management offers an excellent avenue to receiving a bachelor’s degree and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. The demand for trained individuals inside and outside the province is constantly growing.”
–David Hamilton, 4th year, Forestry

Learn more about Forestry


Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered becoming a conservation scientist? Do you want to play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, such as wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land? In Natural Resources Conservation, the faculty’s most popular degree program, you’ll learn about the maintenance of habitats and the persistence of diverse natural resources, and gain a better understanding of the balance that is needed among environmental, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Program will give you the skills and knowledge to meet the big challenges our world is facing right now. It will help you think holistically about how different disciplines can come together to solve our biggest environmental challenges and achieve a balance between our increasing needs for goods and services and the protection of our ecosystems.”
–Valentina Coy, 3rd year, Natural Resources Conservation

Learn more about Natural Resources Conservation


Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing

If you’re an innovative thinker who loves to tackle problems, you’ll enjoy the blend of science, engineering, and business in the Wood Products Processing program. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations while you develop essential transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

“If you are interested in building a successful professional career in an innovative, creative, and sustainable industry, then the Wood Products Processing program will provide you with a strong foundation. The faculty offers a strong co-op program, positive tri-mentoring program, and a range of leadership-building classes.”
–Jonathan Jean-Hwa Chu, 4th year, Wood Products Processing

Learn more about Wood Products Processing


Bachelor of Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry program – the first of its kind in Canada, and the faculty’s newest degree – teaches you about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems. You could tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“If you are thinking of going into landscape architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, urban agriculture, or arboriculture, this is a great undergraduate program for you. You can minor in either Urban Green-Space Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning, or take courses from both minor pools.”
–Elliot Bellis, 3rd year, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry


Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make money – the average salary is about $3,000 per month – and begin building your professional network. All five Forestry programs offer co-ops so that you can learn about possible careers and jobs in your field of interest. UBC Forestry students have completed co-ops at organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

99% of co-op students reported overall job satisfaction
98% of employers said they would hire their co-op students again

Check out the Forestry co-op Instagram account to see the kinds of experiences UBC students are gaining as they get their hands dirty in labs and forests, and travel as far as Malawi. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

Think studying Forestry could be the choice for you? Take our quick survey to express your interest in joining an online info session about UBC Forestry.