Program of Study

Central to the Bachelor of Media Studies program are designated Core and Core Plus Courses from across the eight participating Arts units and Computer Science.

Bachelor of Media Studies Program Structure
63Credits of Core Courses in Years 1 through 4, ensuring broad competencies in the field of media studies.
12Credits of Core Plus Courses, allowing for further specialization in an area of media studies.
45Remaining elective credits selected by the student from the Faculty of Arts or any of UBC's other faculties. (Some requirements and restrictions apply. See the UBC Academic Calendar for degree requirements and program of study guide.)
120Total number of credits required for graduation.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Media Studies is broken down into three main areas: Core Courses, Core Plus Courses, and electives.

Students must complete the required Core Courses each year, and twelve credits of Core Plus courses.

The Bachelor of Media Studies is a minimum of 120 credits. A minimum of 48 of these credits must be completed at the upper level (Courses numbered 300 and above). For full details, see the UBC Calendar for detailed degree requirements and program of study. BMS students should note that the Faculty of Arts requirements (Writing and Research, Language, Literature, and Science) are not required as a part of the BMS degree program as these requirements are already built into the core curriculum.

Further Specialization

The program requirements for the Bachelor of Media Studies are intensive and structured so that students gain broad competencies in media studies theory, methodology and application. However, the program gives students lots of room to explore further specialization in the large number of elective credits that are part of the degree program, allowing students to explore further specialization in a minor, or adding breadth by taking courses from a variety of disciplines.

To specialize:

  • Students may focus both their Core Plus Courses and electives on a single area of study.*
  • BMS students are encouraged to add a minor to their degree.

To add breadth:

  • Students may focus their electives on another area of study or take courses from a variety of disciplines.*
  • For example, a student interested in global politics may choose to concentrate electives in Political Science, and develop expertise in an area of political action (for example, electives in gender and race studies). Similarly, a student interested in the environment and sustainability may choose to concentrate electives in Geography. See here for more sample study paths.

*Some requirements and restrictions apply. See the UBC Academic Calendar for degree requirements and program of study.

Learning Plan

In consultation with the Arts Academic Advising and the Program Manager, each student will develop a Learning Plan to guide them in choosing electives and co-curricular opportunities such as co-op terms, study abroad, field placements, and courses that incorporate community-based research.