Your degree in Media Studies

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:

  • Analysis and interpretation of media drawing upon visual art, critical media theory, journalism, english, creative writing, film, information studies, and computer science
  • Critical thinking and assessment of various mediums including radio, television, cinema, blogs, data, social media, books, interactive media, photographs, and more
  • Teamwork and collaboration on projects that question the nature and effect of various means of communication
  • Exploration of cultural phenomena while developing your artistic and creative ability
  • Design, organization, and completion of projects grounded in research and media theory
  • Effective written and oral communication skills used to express opinions and perspectives related to new media
  • Innovation of new applications through hands-on development experience
  • Technical skills in digital media production and development

Explore 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Media Studies Student Association
Meet other UBC students in your program through events and programs.

Departmental events
Network with Media Studies students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Media Studies co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

The Ubyssey
Volunteer to write articles for this weekly online student paper, no previous experience required.

Discorder Magazine
Submit articles, illustrations and photographs to amplify independent and underrepresented voices.

PRISM International
Contribute contemporary writing or participate in a fiction, poetry, short form, or creative non-fiction contest.

Cinephile, UBC’s Film Journal
Write research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage with debates appropriate to film, media, and cultural studies.

The Garden Statuary
Share your essays, poetry, photographs and other work in UBC’s English Undergraduate Journal.

Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture
Showcase undergraduate research, artwork, and writing in a peer-reviewed journal.

National mentorship program
Discover mentorship programs for aspiring media producers with the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture job board
Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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