Experiential Learning

Make the most of your media studies degree by participating in opportunities that apply your growing academic knowledge to the real-world.


Develop professional skills and experiences


Test possible career paths


Build your professional network and resume


Participate in local or international programs

Arts Co-op

Graduate with more than a degree and explore your career options with Arts Co-Op.

As an Arts Co-op student, you’ll gain 12 months of paid work experience and a network of professional contacts through a variety of opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors. During the course of your degree, you’ll alternate between study terms and three paid, full-time work terms.

Arts Co-op partners with a diverse range of employers to provide transformative workplace learning experiences for your personal, academic and professional growth while helping you prepare for your future career.


80% of employers consider co-op students as potential future employees


Co-op graduates earn 15% higher starting salaries than non-co-op graduates

Manage your job search

Enhance your job search skills through extensive and specialized pre-employment training, including resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, personalized career coaching and ongoing workplace support.

Expand your skill set

Diversify your degree and stand out to employers by gaining transferable skills and experiences in a broad range of roles. Some professional skills that you can develop include:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Research, analysis and project management
  • Communications and writing
  • Digital media and technology
  • Leadership and teamwork

* Note at 0:03:51: In light of how COVID-19 may have impacted students’ studies, changes were made to credit requirements to provide more flexibility to students; Students must have completed at least 21 credits at the time of application and as of May 2021, have at least 21 credits remaining to complete their degree. 

Study Abroad

Partnered with over 200 universities and institutions worldwide, UBC offers many study abroad opportunities for students to gain perspective and international experience.In the BMS program, students are challenged to think about media from a multitude of perspectives, and to be an active part of the globalized world. That is why we encourage our students to study abroad in the second term of their third year.

The Bachelor of Media Studies program at UBC has partnered with three European universities to offer a distinctive and unique exchange opportunity:

  • Free University of Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • Copenhagen University (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Ludwig Maximillan University of Munich (LMU) (Munich, Germany)

Chosen specifically for their expertise in media research, theory, and application, students will have the opportunity to study from specially chosen curriculum that complements the curriculum here at UBC. More than a regular exchange program, students who opt to study with one of our partner universities will have a rich academically-focused experience, designed to focus on European media and open doors to media in another part of the world.

Centre for Digital Media

Located at the Great Northern Way campus, the Centre for Digital Media (CDM) is a partnership between UBC, Simon Fraser University, the BC Institute of Technology, and Emily Carr University of Arts and houses the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program. The campus is a fusion of top-tier technology, industry, business, the arts and the general community. The CDM houses the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program as well as industry studios and a variety of industry and professional development events.

Students in the Bachelor of Media Studies program have opportunities in their fourth year to register in some of the CDM’s courses.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program (AIP) integrates academic learning with the development of professional skills through part-time, unpaid positions supporting non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the lower-mainland. Internships offer meaningful workplace experiences to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts.

External Opportunities

We have compiled a collection of opportunities available to BMS students outside of the UBC community. These opportunities are an excellent resource for students to take advantage of for personal and academic growth in the digital media community.

An online magazine that covers a wider range of topics including film, television and literature. Students can use this resource to have their work edited and published by a committee of established cultural critics.

A UBC volunteer-run magazine that covers pop culture criticism and event updates. Students can have their work published and distributed across Vancouver and Victoria.

The UJAH provides students with a publishing platform for undergraduate research and artwork in art history and visual culture at UBC.

A platform tailored for millennials  that provides multiple ways for changemakers to connect, collaborate and help each other out. Students can create a cause, or support a cause.

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