A male student of the Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Media Studies program talking to a fellow student

Media Studies (BA)


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

If you are excited by a future in the entertainment arts, digital industries, TV and radio broadcasting, alternative and activist media, social media strategy and marketing, public service and policy work, film and documentary production, web design, the gaming industry, or any combination of the above, then this program is for you.

Media Studies is the communications program of choice for digital communicators. Digital Media Courses will help you develop the most marketable, transferable skills out there – critical thinking, collaboration, communications and research skills. Consider adding Media and Communication Studies to your Bachelor of Arts.

The Media Studies (BA) Program

Media Studies explores the convergence of communication, culture, and technology. Courses are designed to encourage students to develop their communication skills — written, oral, visual, multimedia — and increase their critical awareness of the ways various media shape culture. They learn specific technical skills for communicating and researching online, and explore online publishing using hypertext and hypermedia. Existing first- and second-year courses balance theory, discussion, and face-to-face interaction with a strong emphasis on applied skills developed in computer labs and through distance learning strategies. In many respects, students are introduced to what is called the “new media.”

All courses include components to develop strong critical thinking, collaboration, and research skills. Students are supported to research contemporary media, both Canadian and international. Wherever possible, relationships with local media enterprises, broadcasters, and creators are encouraged. Course participants are supported to respond creatively, and in alternate media, to assignments.

Media Studies courses have been on the cutting-edge of online and distance delivery at VIU, and received provincial Innovation, Enrichment, or New Era grants every year since 1996. The department plans to continue this commitment to alternate modes of delivery, providing options for students and practical demonstrations of information technology in the service of learning and research.

Media Studies is multi-disciplinary in nature, with a particular focus on the impact of media on culture and content production. Assignments are designed to integrate insights from literature and popular culture, journalism, policy and regulation, political economy, media analysis, anthropology, sociology, history, gender studies, and art. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers: from writers and artists, to teachers, public service workers and entrepreneurs.

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Year 1Three credits chosen from MEDI 111112113.

Year 2Three credits chosen from MEDI 200205211.

Years 3 and 4: Minimum of eighteen credits of Media Studies courses numbered 300 and above.

Updated 
Friday, November 30, 2018

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

7,042.26

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

20,121.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erin Johnson
Phone: 604-485-8033
Email: erin.johnson@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult Student Services/Advising at 604-485-2878 or email pr.studentaffairs@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Coyne
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: Amelia.Coyne@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Zoe Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Zoe.Doiron@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Coyne
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: Amelia.Coyne@viu.ca

Comments

Questions about becoming a student can be directed to the Office of Future Students at 250 740-6672 or email connect@viu.ca.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Zoë Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Zoe.Doiron@viu.ca

Comments

Please contact Advising at 250-746-3509 or email advising.cowichan@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

International

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Next Intake(s)
  • September 6, 2022

Accepting International Applications
Yes
Application Fee
$150.00
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
International Admissions Officer Contact

Name: Elham Akhoundi and Yuzo Ishida
Email: study@viu.ca

Comments

For prospective international applicants, please send your inquiries to World VIU at WorldVIU@viu.ca.

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