Core Courses

The Bachelor of Media Studies program is an interdisciplinary program with a core curriculum across seven different disciplines:

  • Art History and Visual Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Film Studies and Film Production
  • Information Studies
  • Media Theory (in English and German)
  • Computer Science

The core curriculum ensures a broad foundation in the field of media studies with a focus on theory, research, and application both in and outside of the classroom. Each year consists of a required number of Core Courses, which must be completed within the cohort model.

 

In Year One, students take the Media Studies stream of the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP). By registering in CAP and selecting the Media Studies stream, students are automatically registered into 5 of the 6 core courses required in the first year of the Bachelor of Media Studies.

Students register in the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) in the Media Studies stream:

ASTU 100A (6 credits) (Term 1 & 2) – 1st Year CAP Seminar
CAP seminar focused on writing and reading, including both literature and introduction to academic scholarship. For students in Media Studies stream, ASTU 100 will focus on disciplines addressing media issues.

CRWR 213 (3 credits) (Term 1) – Introduction to Writing for the New Media
An exploration of and practice in writing for new media, including podcasting, blogging, and writing for websites, games, and online environments.

VISA 110 (3 Credits) (Term 1) – Studio Three: Digital Media
Foundation instruction in techniques and approaches to digital practice. The nature of digital technologies and their role in contemporary culture will be examined.

Introduction to Digital Arts consists of weekly one hour lectures and three hours of lab time. The course covers historical, political, theoretical, practical and technical issues in art and image making through the studio production of artwork with a focus on photography and moving image within digital media. The machine’s role in the creation and reception of representation and how it has changed through art history will be explored.

Students must obtain a score of 72% or higher in VISA 110 to continue to VISA 241.

FIST 100 (3 credits) (Term 2) – Introduction to Film Studies
Basic aesthetic, economic, sociological, and technological aspects of film.

JRNL 100A (3 credits) (Term 2) – New Media and Society
Development of new media technologies, their applications, and their cultural, political, and social impacts.

Additional Core Course:

Students must register in ONE of the below Computer Science (CPSC) courses in their first year in the BMS program. Students who think they may be interested in pursuing a Computer Science minor, or are confident in their math skills, are encouraged to register in CPSC 110.

CPSC 103 (3 credits) Introduction to Systematic Program Design
Computation as a tool for systematic problem solving in non-computer-science disciplines. Introductory programming skills. No programming experience expected.

CPSC 110 (4 credits) Computation, Programs and Programming
Fundamental program and computation structures. Introductory programming skills. Computation as a tool for information processing, simulation and modeling, and interacting with the world.

ENGL 232 (3 credits) – Approaches to Media Studies
Approaches to the study of media: philosophical; technological; cultural; theoretical.

FIPR 233 (3 credits) – Video Production I
Camera operation, lighting, sounds, and editing for video production.

FIST 240 (3 credits) – Media Industries
Overview of today’s film and media industries, and of the concepts governing their practices.

INFO 250 (3 credits) – Networks, Crowds, and Communities
Introduces network concepts and methods for exploring social and organizational connectivity for work, socializing, and knowledge production. Examines impact of social media on connections and span space and place; peer production on authority structures; ubiquitous mobile connectivity on daily life.

VISA 241 (3 credits) – Introduction to Digital Photography
Introduction to digital photography image creation in relation to contemporary art. Emphasis on digital camera use, file management, and digital print production.

*As long as BMS students have completed VISA 110 as part of their CAP Media Studies stream, they are not required to complete the VISA 241 pre-requisites of VISA 180, VISA 182, and VISA 183 prior to registering in VISA 241.

Additional Core Course:
If students were unsuccessful in their CPSC course in Year 1, or if they were allowed to delay taking CPSC (with permission from the Program Advisor), they must register in one of the below CPSC courses inYear 2. The CPSC requirement must be completed before Year 3.

CPSC 103 (3 credits) Introduction to Systematic Program Design
Computation as a tool for systematic problem solving in non-computer-science disciplines. Introductory programming skills. No programming experience expected.

CPSC 110 (4 credits) Computation, Programs and Programming
Fundamental program and computation structures. Introductory programming skills. Computation as a tool for information processing, simulation and modeling, and interacting with the world.

Credit Summary

Year Two Core required curriculum: 15 credits (5 courses)

Students are advised to add 12-15 credits of electives and Core Plus Credits.

To graduate in 4 years, students typically take 30 credits each Winter Session (Sept – Apr). When selecting core plus credits and electives some requirements and restrictions apply. See the UBC Academic Calendar for full details. Academic Advisors are also available for guidance.

ARTH 380 (3 credits) Art as Technology
Description will be available soon.

ENGL 332 (3 credits) – Approaches to Media History
History of media and technological change; literary, rhetorical, or linguistic methods of inquiry.

CRWR 302 (3 credits) – Writing for Podcast
Description will be available soon.

FIST 340 (3 credits) – Media Audiences
Overview of approaches for studying audiences and receptions of film and contemporary media.

VISA 210 (3 credits) Digital Arts
Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. Technical instruction in image and sound manipulation with an emphasis on the theoretical conceptualization of digital artistic media.

ARTH 480 (3 credits) – Visual and Digital Media Theory
A thematic examination of key arguments in visual and digital media theory, focusing on developments in lens-based and digital media in relationship to twentieth-century and contemporary artistic practice.

CPSC 344 (3 credits) – Introduction to Human Computer Interaction Methods
Basic tools and techniques, teaching a systematic approach to interface design, task analysis, analytic and empirical evaluation methods.

GERM 412 (3 credits) – German Media Studies (In English)
Major themes and methods in German media studies.

INFO 419 (3 credits) – Information Visualization
Basic theory and practice required to visually represent information. Introduces design principles and practical skills to create effective information visualizations. Examines effect of different visual representations on understanding and meaning.

INFO 456 (3 credits) – Information Policy and Society
Develops capabilities required to assess the need for information policies in professional contexts, evaluate relevant socio-technical dimensions and envision likely implications for specific communities and practice settings.