Every student is responsible for designing a program of study that meets degree requirements, and is encouraged to consult B.M.S. Advising for assistance with course and program planning. The student retains all responsibility for meeting requirements.
B.M.S. students are expected to make regular progress in their program requirements each year, completing Core Requirements as scheduled. They are further expected to register in designated sections of Core Courses each year, along with peers in their cohort. Requests to the Program Chair for registration exceptions must be made well in advance; students should consult B.M.S. Advising. Timely access to seats in Core Courses is not guaranteed to students who do not follow the program of study as scheduled; as a consequence, graduation may be delayed for these students.
Students are encouraged to register on their assigned date of registration, noting that admission to a degree program or specialization does not guarantee space will be available in any specific course or section, and that not all courses are offered each year. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they meet course pre-requisites, co-requisites and other registration restrictions or requirements. Students are encouraged to consult departmental advising offices for information about posted registration restrictions.
Students are responsible for their registration, and are expected to verify the courses and sections in which they are registered. Students may not attend courses, or sections of courses, other than those in which they are registered. Registration in conflicting course activities is not permitted. Those who register on waiting lists must check their registration to determine whether they have been placed in the course by the department, noting that such changes in registration may occur after classes start.
Students in their first 30 credits of university-level study are encouraged to register primarily in 100-level Arts courses. Students granted advanced credit may register in courses for which this credit serves as a prerequisite, but are advised to register primarily in lower-level courses while completing their first year of university-level study.
Students in their second 30 credits of university-level study are encouraged to register primarily at the 100- and 200-level, following degree requirements. While students may register in any course for which they meet the pre-requisites, they should be mindful that upper-level courses are generally designed for students already well-prepared for advanced study in the subject area.
Students in their upper years of study may register in any course for which they meet course pre-requisites, co-requisites or other registration restrictions or requirements. Some courses do not permit 4th year students to register. Students are encouraged to ensure that they register in courses necessary for their degree requirements.
Students may not earn credit for two courses with significant and pre-defined content overlap. Students are fully responsible for their registration, and are advised to check the Course Schedule for course equivalencies and to review the Science Credit Exclusion Lists to avoid unnecessary registration. Note that credit exclusion does not imply that courses are interchangeable, and meeting program requirements may necessitate the completion of a specific course. Students registering in courses dealing with probability and statistics should exercise particular caution.
Students seeking entry into language courses beyond the introductory level and in need of advising on which course to choose should consult the department teaching the language.
By completing a full course load of 30 credits each Winter Session, a Bachelor of Media Studies degree may be earned in four years of study. Students who wish to register for more than 30 credits (32 credits for first-year students) in any Winter Session or more than 12 credits in any Summer Session must first obtain permission from Arts Academic Advising. Such authorization is normally given only to students with demonstrated high academic standing in a sufficient number of UBC credits completed in the most recent Term or Session. See the Arts Undergraduate website.
Note that credit load impacts eligibility for student loans, sponsorship, housing, varsity sport, and recognition on the Dean’s List, as well as eligibility to both receive and retain awards and scholarships. Students are strongly advised to consult the Arts Undergraduate website and to seek advising from the appropriate department or unit when selecting or modifying their course load.
Registration in Graduate Courses
Outstanding undergraduate students may apply to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for permission to register in a maximum of three courses, or 9 credits, at the 500-level. Students must receive the permission of the course instructor, Arts Academic Advising, and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Normally such permission will be given only to students who have completed 75% of their 300- and 400-level requirements (no fewer than 36 credits at the upper-level) with a minimum overall average of 76%.
Change of Registration
In the Winter Session, students can add one-term courses within two weeks of the course commencing; two-term courses can be added within three weeks of the course commencing. Students who add courses past the first day of class are not entitled to academic concession for missed content or assessments or for increased academic load, and should anticipate that they will be responsible for covering missed content. Normal drop and withdrawal deadlines apply, regardless of when the course was added.
In the Winter Session, students can drop one-term courses within two weeks of the course commencing; two-term courses can be dropped within three weeks of the course commencing. Dropping courses prior to the drop deadline will result in all record of registration in the course(s) being removed from the student's transcript.
Thereafter, students may withdraw from a one-term course up to the end of the eighth week of classes, and up to the end of the twelfth week of classes for a two-term course. A 'W' indicating withdrawn standing, will display alongside the course on the student's transcript, but is not included in the calculation of averages. See Refund of Tuition Fees for the fee refund schedule. Course change dates vary in the Summer Session depending on start and end date and the length of the course. Consult the Summer Session course schedule for individual course information, and Refund of Tuition Fees for the fee refund schedule.
Up until the final withdrawal deadline, students can withdraw online from a course using the Student Service Centre. After these dates, Students are not normally permitted to withdraw from courses but can apply for Academic Concession. Students are responsible for their registration, and are strongly advised to verify it each term prior to the deadlines for change of registration. Failing to successfully complete an intended change of registration by the posted deadline does not constitute grounds for academic concession. Students who cease to attend or otherwise fail to complete exams, assignments, or other course requirements and have not received approval for a late withdrawal will receive a grade reflecting requirements completed in the course. See also Change of Registration and Withdrawal.
Repeating a Course for Higher Standing
A student who has passed a course is permitted to repeat it once for a higher standing1. Students who are repeating a course which they have passed must be aware that credit will not be awarded for it again and the previous grade will not be replaced.
1Exception: A student who has passed a Science course will not be permitted to repeat that course for higher standing as outlined by the Academic Regulations of the Faculty of Science. Courses on the Science Credit Exclusion Lists are considered to be the same course for the purposes of this rule.
A student may repeat a failed course only once. This restriction does not apply to MATH 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, and 105, which may be repeated twice, or to the Writing Component courses ENGL 100 and WRDS 150, either of which may be repeated until passed.