Supplemental Application

All applicant to the Bachelor of Media Studies program are required to submit a supplemental application. Browse the tabs below to learn about the details of the supplemental application. Applicants are encouraged to use the supplemental application as a way to express their current interests and involvement in all areas of media studies.


What do I need to submit for the supplemental application?

To begin your supplemental application for the Bachelor of Media Studies program, you must have a UBC campus-wide log in (CWL) and an 8-digit UBC student number. The supplemental application consists of three sections.

After you complete your application at, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will contain your 8-digit UBC student number. You will need to this number to submit your BMS supplemental application.

Your written response should answer the below prompt. Your response should be no more than 500 words, and submitted in PDF format.

Tell us what led you to apply to the Bachelor of Media Studies program. Beyond practice, what are your interests in media studies? What questions are you asking about media, and what questions should people be asking about media? What do you think about changes in communicative practices? Explain how the Bachelor of Media Studies will help you achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional ambitions – especially, how the study paths open to you in the program speak to your interests and ideas. Please be specific.

Applicants are asked to create an online digital portfolio to host their three samples of work. Compose a digital portfolio of examples of your involvement in media, and your interest in media. It should contain samples of your original work that demonstrate a wide range of ideas and competency with different media and tools.  If you already have a digital portfolio, you are welcome to submit your current portfolio.

Applicants do not need to create or pay for a special domain name, and are welcome to use free hosting websites or website builders such as Weebly, WixUBC Blogs,, or WordPress to customize their website. Be creative and use the web platform (in addition to the three samples of work) as a way to express your interest, experience, and work in media. You are encouraged to submit samples of work from different mediums to illustrate your range of interests and capabilities.

The online digital portfolio should include:

  1. A short paragraph that summarizes your portfolio and how each piece is related to each other. Use this summary as an opportunity to frame your portfolio for the Admissions Committee. Show us your interest and strengths in media studies, and how this portfolio is a reflection of you. If an item is a collaborative effort, please clearly state your role in its production. Your summary must not exceed 300 words.
  2. Three samples of work.


What are some examples of work that I can include in my online digital portfolio?

  • Artwork or graphics such as drawing, sketching, painting, photography, typography, design, illustration, and technical drawing: and/or examples of work for theatre or film production. Digital submissions in .jpg, .pdf, format are preferred.
  • Films, animation or motion graphics no more than 3 minutes long. Video content must be uploaded to a third-party site such as WordPress, Vimeo, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Video content should be viewable on the applicant's online portfolio. Content requiring a password will not be considered.
  • Computer software code (please include and document at least 100 lines of original code that you created)
  • Images from a sketchbook or concept/idea book (e.g. studies and examples of your media/tools experiments, process explorations)
  • Interactive media (e.g. website design, game design, smartphone apps, and/or other interactive work)
  • Creative writing samples
  • Papers or essays in subject or topic matter that may relate to media studies
  • Work in advertising or public relations that include elements of communications and event management

Applicants are welcome to submit several pieces together as one sample: for example, you may wish to submit 5 photographs together as one sample of work. Applicants are encouraged to keep in mind that due to the high volume of applications and portfolios, they should be mindful of submitting a reasonable number of samples.

Pre-Submission Checklist

Before submitting your application, go over the below checklist to ensure you've completed all the requirements. Have you...

  • Prepared your written response as a PDF file?
  • Created a website for your three samples of work?
  • Uploaded video or audio content to a third-party site so they can be viewed easily without a password?