Media Studies

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

The Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC Okanagan is currently awaiting Ministry approval. Please contact bms.ok@ubc.ca with any questions or concerns.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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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
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Media Studies
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    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:

Your future

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.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

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 competitive scores, 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. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Media Studies

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Portfolio submission
  • Letter of intent

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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