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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.11 Communication, Media and Film 4.11.3 Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCMS)
4.11.3 Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCMS)

The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies degree is offered in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic or an equivalent approved program (see BCMS program requirements below for a list of approved diploma programs). The University of Calgary portion of the degree (72 units) may be taken either before or after the diploma portion of the degree (48 units).


Note: Students must apply separately to an approved diploma program and meet all its admission requirements and application deadlines.

When a student presents a SAIT or equivalent diploma for block transfer credit to the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies degree, the grade point average for admission to the Communication and Media Studies program will be calculated using the most recently completed 30 units taken to complete the diploma.



Students must adhere to the requirements set out in Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.3.1 Major Degree Programs.

Exception to junior credit limit: Students in the BCMS program are permitted an extra 6 units in junior level courses for a maximum of 54 units at the junior or 200 level. Junior courses transferred as part of the diploma (24 units) count towards this maximum.


  1. Core Courses: 24 units Communication and Media Studies 201, 203, 313, 369, 371, 381, 581, Communication and Culture 305.

  2. 12 units from courses labelled Communication and Media StudiesĀ or Film 451, of which 3 units must be at the 400 level or above.


Applicable Diploma: Completion of one of the following two-year diploma programs from SAIT Polytechnic, or an approved equivalent, with a grade point average of 2.00 on all courses.

  • Journalism (Print/Online Journalism; Photojournalism); New Media Production and Design; Radio, Television and Broadcast News; Film and Video Production; Graphic Communications and Print Technology


The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies can be taken with Co-operative Education but students may face sequencing constraints and/or require extra time to complete their programs. See section 3.3.8 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • Students who are unsuccessful in applying to the post-secondary institution offering the diploma may transfer to the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Calgary, or any other University of Calgary program for which they qualify. Courses already completed toward the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies.
  • Students completing their diploma in the semester prior to graduation will need to ensure that a transcript recording the diploma conferral is received by the University of Calgary by the transcript deadline date. Due to the processing time required, transcripts received after the deadline will be considered for the next convocation period. Please contact the Arts Students' Centre for further information.