The Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) program at UBC is a direct-entry to first-year program with a limited number of available seats per cohort.

Those interested in the BMS program must complete a two-step application process:

  1. An online general application to UBC
  2. A supplemental application to the BMS program

The 2022 - 2023 Bachelor of Media Studies application is now closed.

UBC Application

All those interested in applying must submit their general online UBC application, and select the Bachelor of Media Studies as their first choice of program. If you select the BMS program as your second choice, your application will not be assessed. Alternatively, if you do not have a second choice program, we recommend that you select the Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Please keep in mind that you must submit all the required documents to UBC Admissions by the stated deadlines in order to be considered for the program.

BMS Supplemental Application

All applicants are required to submit a supplemental application  in order to be considered for the BMS program. Applicants are encouraged to use the supplemental application as a way to express their current interests and involvement in all areas of media studies.

Supplemental applications consist of the following three components:

  1. Personal info and UBC student number
  2. Portfolio
  3. Written Response

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

Please assemble and attach a single PDF document featuring 3 recent, original works that illustrate your interests and experience with media. The portfolio should feature your best work, and demonstrate how you facilitate critical ideas, concepts, values and ethics in your media making output. The work can also highlight creative approaches, formal rendering and relevant skills applicable to the study of media.

Please indicate the following:

  • Title
  • Date (year) of completion
  • Media type (example: interactive web-site, film, performance, poster, screenplay, etc)
  • Size, duration, or word count of the work
  • Materials, tools or programming language utilized
  • A maximum 50 word description for each featured piece

In total, the PDF portfolio should be a minimum of 3 pages and a maximum 10 pages.

The BMS is a multidisciplinary program that recognizes many forms of media. Below are some examples of the types that may be included in the digital portfolio.  Being a multidisciplinary program, we recommend that you include at least two (or more) different types of media.

Including drawings, sketches, graphics, paintings, photography, typography, designs, illustrations, technical drawings and/or examples of work for theatre or film production. Please include images with different vantage points for installation works or sculptures. Be careful about including multiple or random archives of visual work; instead choose a single image that you feel the committee must see.

Films, animation, podcasts or motion graphics. Please provide a still image as well as a hyperlink to an uploaded sample of the video in the PDF. Direct the viewer to a maximum 3-minute excerpt to watch. You may use a third-party site such as WordPress, Google Docs, Vimeo, Soundcloud or YouTube; content requiring a password will not be considered.

Creative writing, screenplays, journalism, etc. As well as academic papers or essays of a subject matter or topic that relates to media studies. All writing samples must be in English. For longer works, please highlight a 300-word excerpt that you feel the committee must read.

Interactive Media
Website design, game design, social media activation, smartphone apps, and/or other interactive work. Please provide screen shots, and if online please provide a link. If you have created the code, please document and include at least 100 lines of original code.

Please answer the following three questions in the spaces provided in the online form. Your written responses will help the admission committee understand your approach, current interests and involvement in media studies. It is advised that you write and edit your responses in a word processer first, and then copy and paste it into the text boxes provided.

  1. Introduce us to your unique perspective by giving us your notion of the term ‘media’ and an explanation of its role in our world. (Maximum 200 words)
  2. Name important challenges of our times that media can have a role in, and describe what that role can be. Explain what you believe are the responsibilities of those who contribute to the scholarly study of media, as well as when making media objects. Specify the ways you see the Bachelor of Media Studies program at UBC Vancouver guiding your intellectual and professional ambitions within the study paths it opens to you. (Maximum 200 words)
  3. Choose a media object that circulates in the real world - not made by you. For example, you can choose a scene in a film, newspaper article, podcast, artwork, mural, web-site, advertisement, youtube blog, a meme, etc. In the box that is provided in the online form, please provide a link to the media object. Start by describing and interpreting the media object you chose. Give a description, background information and/or context. For any work you select, you may wish to focus in on a detail, such as a particular scene in a film or area of detail in a photograph, etc. Explain why you choose this media object in particular; what does it mean to you? As well, how do you think it functions and operates as a media object in the world? Please be sure to cite any external resources that you use. (Maximum 250 words)

  • Consider submitting samples in different mediums to illustrate your range of interests, skills and experience.
  • Be creative and use your portfolio to show your interest, experience and familiarity with media studies.
  • You may submit more than one artifact together for one portfolio sample. For example, you may submit a short story with original illustrations to be considered as one portfolio item, or you can submit five photographs together as one portfolio artifact if they are a series that work in a purposeful way. Please be mindful of submitting a reasonable number of samples.
  • If a sample of work is a collaborative effort, please clearly state your role in its production.
  • Physical portfolios and letters of recommendation will not be accepted as part of the supplemental application.
  • Make sure all of your original pieces are not password protected or inaccessible in any way

Transferring into the BMS program

Transferring into the BMS program is an option, however, seats are limited and not guaranteed beyond successful application into year one.

Entry into the second year of the program is not guaranteed, and only available when a current student chooses to leave the program. The program does not allow for transfer into years three and four.

Current first-year UBC students 

Current first-year UBC students can apply to transfer into the BMS program. However, this could potentially add one additional year at UBC.

Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an Arts Advisor before attempting to pursue this option. After meeting with an Arts Advisor, current BA students must submit a supplemental application by the application deadline to be considered for a transfer into the BMS program.

Current second-year and beyond UBC students

For current second-year and beyond UBC students, two or more additional years could potentially be added to their UBC degree.

Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an Arts Advisor before attempting to pursue this option. After meeting with an Arts Advisor, current BA students must submit a supplemental application by the application deadline to be considered for a transfer into the BMS program.

Students who are currently enrolled in similar programs at other post-secondary institutions can apply for admission into year one. Those interested must indicate in their supplemental application that they are currently attending a similar program at another institution. Any previously completed courses will be considered as elective credits. This will mean a minimum of four additional years of study at UBC, as all BMS students must complete their core courses together.

Those interested in this option must complete the same application listed above.

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