Media Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This interdisciplinary program draws on curriculum from Art History, Visual Art, English and German critical media theory, Creative Writing, Journalism, Film Studies, Film Production, Information Studies, and Computer Science. You'll gain cultural technology competencies for the knowledge economy, enabling you to work across many different sectors in a wide range of capacities.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Why this program?

  • Study a core curriculum across seven different arts disciplines and computer science.
  • Enjoy access to restricted course offerings available only to Media Studies students.
  • Gain a broad foundation in media studies by combining theory, research, and practice.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • 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 Bachelor of Media Studies is a cohort-based, multidisciplinary program that provides students with a broad foundation and knowledge in the many disciplines that make up media studies. With competencies in theory, research, and application, the Media Studies program builds a foundation for a rewarding and dynamic academic or professionally oriented career. The program equips students to become creative, critically reflective, and socially engaged citizens.

Courses cover an exceptionally broad range of disciplines, including:

  • Art History and Visual Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Film Studies/Film Production
  • Information Studies
  • Critical Theory (English Department)/(German Department)
  • Computer Science

Subject to competitive academic average and portfolio submission, you can apply for entry to the four-year program direct from high school.

Experiential learning and research

Media Studies students have the opportunity to participate in media-related co-op and internship positions. Core courses each year include a community-based experiential learning component, where students are partnered with local community organizations to connect classroom learning with hands-on projects.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in their third year or gain work experience through UBC’s Work Learn and Co-op programs. Students have many opportunities inside and outside the classroom to work on projects that add to their portfolio of work, such as with The Ubyssey, the weekly student newspaper on UBC’s Vancouver campus, or with the 300+ student clubs.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

The BMS program offers students the opportunity to build a broad theoretical and research-based foundation in media studies, through study across 7 different Arts disciplines and Computer Science. The program combines coursework from Creative Writing, Art History, Visual Art, media theory, Film Studies, Film Production, and students have access to exclusive course offerings in Journalism, Information Studies, and Digital Media courses at the Centre for Digital Media.

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Your future

Media Studies students graduate with a broad foundation in media studies, opening up future career possibilities that range from marketing and communications and advertising, to project management and journalism. Graduates of the Media Studies program will be well equipped to flourish as agents of communications between specialized individuals.

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

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Media Studies

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Portfolio submission
  • Strongly recommended: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)

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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