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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.14 Communication, Media and Film 4.14.3 Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCMS)
4.14.3 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 or 12.0 full-course equivalents) may be taken either before or after the diploma portion of the degree (48 units or 8.0 full-course equivalents).


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies program is limited. Students requesting admission to this program are assessed within the same pool as those applying to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies.

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 over the entire diploma.

For the purposes of admission and graduation, no more than 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) in the diploma may have a "D" or "D+" grade. Students with excess "D" or "D+" grades will need to upgrade before being considered for admission if the diploma is completed first. If the diploma is completed after the University of Calgary requirements and there are excess "D" or "D+" grades upgrading will be required in order to graduate.

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



Students must adhere to the requirements set out in Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4.1, inclusive of 48 units (8.0 full-course equivalents) for an applicable diploma.

A maximum of 54 units (9.0 full-course equivalents) will be allowed at the junior or 200 level (including the 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) of junior transfer credit received as part of the diploma).


  1. Core Courses: 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) Communication and Media Studies 201, 203, 313, 369, 371, 381, 581, Communication and Culture 305.

  2. 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) from courses labelled Communication and Media Studies or Film 451, of which 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) 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 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • Students should consult a program advisor to ensure they do not exceed the limit for junior-level courses as the diploma transfers as 24 junior-level units.
  • 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 should enrol in Communication and Media Studies 201, 203, 313, 369, 371, 381 and Communication and Culture 305 as early as possible in their program of study.
  • 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.