Your degree in Media Studies

Skills you’ll develop

During your Media Studies degree, you’ll develop important skills to help you understand new media and the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and in our society.

These skills may include:

  • Analyzing and interpreting media, drawing upon visual art, critical media theory, journalism, English, creative writing, film, information studies, and computer science
  • Critically thinking about and assessing various mediums including radio, television, cinema, blogs, data, social media, books, interactive media, photographs, and more
  • Collaborating on projects that question the nature and effect of various means of communication
  • Exploring cultural phenomena while developing your artistic and creative ability
  • Designing, organizing, and completing projects grounded in research and media theory
  • Effective written and oral communication skills used to express opinions and perspectives related to new media
  • Innovating new applications through hands-on development experience
  • Technical skills in digital media production and development

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including technology or software development, graphic design, interactive media, gaming, web design, communications, consulting, government, non-profit, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Advertising designer
  • Advertising specialist
  • Animation programmer
  • Archives manager
  • Art critic
  • Art director
  • Communications manager
  • Communications policy researcher
  • Community arts coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Content developer 
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • E-learning specialist
  • Event planner
  • Festival organizer
  • Filmmaker
  • Fundraiser or Grant writer
  • Graphic designer
  • Interactive media consultant
  • Journalist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media relations officer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Multimedia manager
  • Online marketing manager
  • Product design
  • Photographer 
  • Public relations manager
  • Production assistant
  • Social media account management
  • Media campaign manager
  • Software development manager
  • UX designer
  • Videographer
  • Video games project manager
  • Visual effects producer
  • Web developer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Media Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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