Portfolio Requirements

On this page you will find detailed information on what is required for the portfolio submission, along with tips and suggestions such as accepted samples of work. Please read this page very carefully before beginning your portfolio submission.Portfolios will be accepted starting in August with a final deadline of January 31 each year.

Required Information and Documents:

1. UBC Student Number
You will be assigned an 8-digit UBC student number once you have started an online application to the UBC Okanagan campus. Please have this ready when submitting your portfolio.

2. Written Response (500 words max), in PDF Format
Tell us why you wish to apply to the Bachelor of Media Studies program. What are your interests in media studies? What do you think about changes in communicative practices? Explain how the Bachelor of Media Studies will help you achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional ambitions. The written response must be submitted in PDF format and must not exceed 500 words.

3. Summary of Your Portfolio (300 words max), in PDF Format
Please write a short paragraph that summarizes your portfolio and how each piece is related to each other. Use this summary to show us your interest and strengths in media studies, and how this portfolio is a reflection of you. If an item is a collaborative effort, please clearly state your role in its production. Your summary must be submitted in PDF format, and must not exceed 300 words.

4. Portfolio of Work (3 Samples)
Compose a digital portfolio of examples of your work. It should include samples of your original work that demonstrate a wide range of ideas and competency with different media and tools. Work that you will upload to the portfolio submission must be smaller than 5MB in size.

The portfolio may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Artwork or graphics such as drawing, sketching, painting, photography, typography, design, illustration, and technical drawing: and/or examples of work for theatre or film production. Digital submissions in .jpg, .pdf, format are preferred. Images must be no larger than 180dpi at 4”x6”.
  • Films, animation or motion graphics no more than 3 minutes long. Video content must be uploaded to a third-party site such as WordPress, Vimeo, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Applicants can then submit a URL as a sample of work. The URL must be viewable without a password. Content requiring a password will not be considered.
  • Computer software code (please include and document at least 100 lines of original code that you created)
  • Images from a sketchbook or concept/idea book (e.g. studies and examples of your media/tools experiments, process explorations)
  • Interactive media (e.g. website design, game design, smartphone apps, and/or other interactive work)
  • Creative writing samples
  • Papers or essays in subject or topic matter that may relate to media studies
  • Work in advertising or public relations that include elements of communications and event management

Applicants are welcome to submit a reasonable number of pieces together as one sample: for example, you may wish to submit 5 photographs that are part of a series together as one sample of work.

Note: You can submit either a ZIP file containing all of your images and other required documents OR a single PDF doc containing your images and other required documents.

Pre-Submission Checklist

Before submitting your application, go over the checklist below to ensure you’ve completed all the requirements. Have you…

  • Submitted only 3 samples of work? Extra samples will not be considered.
  • Submitted your written samples in PDF format? Other formats will not be accepted.
  • Uploaded video or audio content to a third-party site so they can be viewed easily without a password?

Click HERE to submit your portfolio.