What will I learn?

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.

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


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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $39,573.60 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,319.12
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,


British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $39,573.60 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,319.12
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Okanagan Campus

3333 University Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V1V 1V7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Successful completion of the Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points including at least three Higher Level courses as well as additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Other English language requirements: CAE(Certificate in Advanced English ): Minimum score  of B; CAEL(Canadian Academic English Language assessment): Overall score  of 70; TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): ): Minimum score  of 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE); MELAB(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview): 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test; PTE(Pearson Test of English (Academic)): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60.

For international students

Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school: Higher Secondary School Certificate awarded on completion of Standard XII. Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Degree-specific requirements: Media Studies

  • Senior-level Math (Pre-Calculus) is strongly recommended
  • Supplemental application, written response, and portfolio of work

English Language Admission Standard: Canadian Academic English Language assessment - Overall 70; Cambridge English Qualifications – 180; UBC Certificate in English – 600; International English Language Testing System (Academic) - 6.5, with no part less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Overall: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60; Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test - Overall: 90, Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21.


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