Media Studies

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Explore new media and internet technology, blending artistic, technical, and critical-thinking skills. As part of collaborative teams working on innovative, socially and economically relevant projects, you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of skills and experiences to meet today’s employment and entrepreneurial needs.

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

  • 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
  • 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.

Media Studies combines artistic, technical, and analytical skills to help you understand new media and the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and in our society. You can apply to the four-year program directly from high school. Thirty students are accepted into the program each year. Admission is based on academic average and a portfolio submission. The program equips students to become creative, articulate, culturally informed, critically reflective, and socially engaged citizens. Media studies combines coursework from several areas, including computer science, creative writing, digital humanities, history, media studies, and visual arts.

Experiential learning and research

Media Studies students have the opportunity to take media-related co-op positions and participate in courses that involve research, or work with local companies and organizations on projects related to coursework. Students can also take part in the IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards program, apply for the FCCS Undergraduate Research Award, volunteer abroad through the IKBSAS International Education Travel Subsidy, gain work-related experience through UBC’s Work Study Program, or build their portfolio through roles with The Phoenix, the official students’ free press.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

Through interdisciplinary coursework, you can build the skills needed to pursue a career in gaming, web design, interactive media, journalism, creative writing, film production, or public relations, or to pursue graduate studies.

Graduates will be accomplished in a range of digital skills, including still image, sound, moving images, digital animations, virtual and data worlds, simulations, games, interface and interactive design, 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 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

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) (IB Math Studies is not accepted for programs requiring Math [Standard or Higher Level])
  • Portfolio submission
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