Explore new media and internet technology, while developing your artistic, technical, and critical-thinking skills. Working on collaborative teams, you'll have the opportunity to tackle socially and economically relevant projects and develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that meet today’s employment needs.
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Why this program?
- Explore media-related courses in multiple disciplines, including the arts, data science, cultural studies, creative writing, psychology, and sociology
- Learn from experts, including software engineers, interactive animators, sound artists, multimedia artists, and computing technologists
- Train to be a leader in innovation and social entrepreneurship
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies / Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Media Studies
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
The Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan campus combines digital media arts, visual arts, computer science, social science, humanities, and creative writing to help you develop the artistic, technical, and analytical skills you need to understand new media and the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and in our society. You’ll graduate a creative, articulate, culturally informed, critically reflective, and socially engaged citizen.
Experiential learning and research
As a Media Studies student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in research and work with local organizations on projects related to your coursework. You can also:
- Take part in the Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards program.
- Apply for a Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Undergraduate Research Award.
- Take on media-related co-op positions or gain work experience through the Work Study program.
- Build your portfolio with The Phoenix, UBC’s student newspaper on the Okanagan campus.
- Volunteer abroad with the International Education Travel Subsidy.
Through interdisciplinary coursework, you’ll build the digital skills required to pursue graduate studies or a career in gaming, web design, interactive media, journalism, creative writing, film production, or public relations. As a Media Studies graduate, you’ll be equipped to work with still images, sound, moving images, digital animations, virtual and data worlds, simulations, and games. You’ll also be adept at interface and interactive design, the application of encoded media practice, and the construction of networked environments and communities.
English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.
General admission requirements
- Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
- Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.
Degree-specific requirements: Media Studies
- IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
- Portfolio submission