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



“The Coordinated Arts Program allowed me to ease into the university environment. Being surrounded by the same people every day provided me with a group to discuss class content and look to for support. The Media Studies CAP track also allowed me to get comfortable and excited about my major, Media Studies, before diving in headfirst. CAP also provided me with the opportunity to showcase my work through the CAPCON, which got me used to the idea of academic publishing and lecturing. I think that anyone both looking forward to the rigor of university as well as who’s nervous about having the support you’ll need in your first year should register with CAP.”

Ollie B., Media Studies, Media Studies Major, Art History minor



“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



“For my first year at UBC, I wanted to find a multidisciplinary program that would allow me to experience a wide range of subjects. I found in the Media Studies stream the opportunity to explore different areas within technology, art, and communication thanks to the reserved seats in CAP Media Studies. Also, I got the chance to understand the program structure and content before actually entering my major, Media Studies. Moreover, the cohort system was definitely a highlight of the program since some courses had only 20 students and I would often see the same people in different classes. This format definitely helped me connect with classmates and professors, engage more in discussions held during lectures, and present my works in class. Even though our first year was online, we found other ways to engage with each other and get involved in the UBC community from home: for example, when other CAP students and I worked as interviewers in the Accessibility Collective team of the CiTr Radio. We also were provided the support from upper-year students in Peer Mentorship sessions and an exclusive Media Studies advisor throughout the year, which was really helpful academically and personally.”

Helena V., Media Studies, Media Studies major 


“The Coordinated Arts Program was such a good way to get used to university classes with a smaller group of students. It made my first year a lot less intimidating academically! I was able to make friends more easily and take a variety of classes in Media Studies. I ended up realizing that the Media Studies program was not for me after doing my first year in the major and the CAP stream, but that was so valuable for me, as it allowed me to figure out what I wanted to study fairly early on. It also pushed me to follow my interest in journalism and get involved in the student paper, where I’m now an editor! I would recommend this to any first year in Arts that isn’t sure what they want to major in.”

Charlotte A., Media Studies, Political Science major (honours)