Experiential Learning

BMS 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. BMS 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, UBC Vancouver’s weekly student newspaper or with the 300+ student clubs on campus.

Throughout your time at UBC, you’ll take courses in theory, research methodology, and learn how to apply their skills through hands-on application outside the classroom. We encourage students to take advantage of the social and learning opportunities offered by both the BMS and the Faculty of Arts, but also in the campus community as well. Students can make the most of their degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their knowledge outside the classroom.

Benefits to Students

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community
  • Learn how to apply classroom knowledge in a hands-on setting

Arts Co-op Program

Students in the Arts Co-op Program work in a wide range of positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and gain work experience during their studies. Students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world. Students earn non-academic co-op credit for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree.

Intake occurs each September and is open to students with at least 27 credits completed. Bachelor of Media Studies students are encouraged to apply at the start of their second year to begin their first co-op term in the summer between Year 2 and 3, and are encouraged to complete their second co-op term during the second term of Year 3 to accommodate the cohort schedule.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program integrates academic learning with the development of professional skills and networks through part-time, volunteer positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience support non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. These work experiences help students expand their knowledge, experience, contact base, and chances of future career success. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, charities, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment.

Internships are part-time, unpaid positions that range from 8-12 hours per week and 4-8 months in duration. Applications open in September for positions in January, and January for positions in May.

Go Global

Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.

Career Development

Arts students can start building their careers while still completing their undergraduate degree. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall offers information on what students can do with their major and career advising.

Through the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, students have access to:

  • Career resources and advising ranging from resume and cover letter workshops, interview and presentation skills workshops, Work your BA and LinkedIn workshops, as well as the Arts Career Xploration each January.
  • Work Learn international undergraduate research awards, designed for international undergraduate students who are interested in research and subsidizes professors to hire students to work on research projects. The program provides students with workplace experience through undergraduate research opportunities, especially for students interested in research as a career.
  • Work Learn program, which subsidizes meaningful work experiences for students on campus.
  • Mentorship programs which match students with an industry mentor and/or faculty mentor to help students build and expand their networks, develop- leadership skills, and learn more about UBC.

Workshops and events are held throughout the year.

Student Leadership

By taking on leadership or mentorship roles, students gain the practical experience sought by employers. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of experiences students may gain. Explore leadership and mentorship opportunities through the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall.

Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Arts Tri-Mentoring Program

Tri-Mentoring connects Arts students with industry and faculty mentors, and with one another.  Each year, UBC alumni are matched with a junior (1st /2nd year) and a senior (3rd/4th year) student.  Matches are based on academic and career goals, and expose students to careers in their area of study.

Intake occurs each September.  Participating departments change from year to year.