Media Studies

“The CAP experience was an invaluable opportunity for me as a first-year. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allowed me to explore many areas I thought I might be interested in. Some of these courses are impossible for first-years to enroll in without the reserved seats for CAP students, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to discover whether I would like that subject early on in my degree! The cohort-based nature of CAP also helped me make some of my best friends at UBC. After taking CAP, we all split into different majors, but we are still connected by those same foundational memories. The network you establish in CAP will be widespread and irreplaceable in future years.”

—Claire L., Media Studies, Media Studies major


“I am so glad I was a part of the CAP program first year for several reasons, but the most prominent reason being that it taught me how to think critically about the world in ways I had never been taught before. It also transitioned my mindset nicely from high school to university because while the classes are rigorous, the professors are approachable and the subjects are intriguing. When I make art pieces now, I begin by asking myself “does this piece have a larger social or political meaning behind it so that my audience can connect with it?” I would highly recommend the CAP program to any incoming Arts student.”

— Simone W., Culture and Media [now Media Studies], Visual Arts major


“I think CAP was a great way to get integrated into university life from high school because there was a mix of both smaller and larger classes which allowed me to get to know and become friends with my smaller cohort, as well as meet new faces. All the courses and their respective professors truly helped expand my interests in different fields, as well as showcase what UBC had to offer. There was a great emphasis by the professors on learning valuable studying and writing skills in our first year that we would build and improve on throughout our post-secondary careers. I really appreciated the lengths the professors went to assure us that we were all capable scholars, even if we face hurdles or struggle in some areas. I also participated and presented my research at the CAP conference, which presented a great conference experience for new academics such as myself that allowed me to present my findings amongst friends, peers, and faculty members. I cannot recommend CAP enough!”

Caroline T., Media Studies, Theatre Production and Design major, English Lit minor




“I always wanted to pursue my career in the field of communications, but it was not a program offered in UBC. However, when I came across the CAP Culture and Media stream, I took the risk in joining this year long program, with courses I had no intention in ever taking. Little did I know, if it weren’t for this program I would not have been exposed to such interesting courses like Film Studies or topics belonging to Gender, Race, and Social Justice, in which I immediately fell in love with.”


— Vivian C., Culture and Media [now Media Studies], Sociology major



“Being part of the New Media and Society stream [now Media Studies] really helped solidify my goals and visions for my UBC experience. I am really interested in journalism and social activism and both of these areas were explored in my program. It did not take me long before I decided to pursue a PhD route after my undergrad program. The professors in the program exposed me to the potency of fostering social change through education and taught me the importance of using our critical thinking skills when engaging with social phenomena.”

— Skyler W., New Media and Society [now Media Studies], Sociology major (honours)