Digital Worlds Institute

BA in Digital Arts & Sciences

Essential Information

Frequently Asked Questions about the BA in Digitial Arts & Sciences degree program.

About the Program
What will I learn in the BADAS program?

The BA in DAS degree crosses traditional college boundaries between the arts, communications, and engineering. Students will become versed in contemporary issues in social and interactive media, critical thinking, and creative design solutions. The BADAS undergraduate will gain experience working in collaborative teams on media projects including 2D and 3D animation, digital production, game design and development, digital storytelling and communication. 

What career paths are available for BADAS graduates?

BADAS students will be competitive for 21st-century careers in sectors of the entertainment, technology, media, and communications industries such as digital animation, technical art and systems design, marketing and public relations, game design and development and the plethora of emergent fields increasingly using interactive digital media content and technologies.

Jobs include:
Animator, Architectural Modeler, Art Director, Compositor, Concept Artist, Creative Director, Digital Photographer, Digital Storyteller, Game Designer, Information Designer, Interaction Designer, Media Director, Motion Graphics Designer, Moviemaker, Music And Sound Designer, Producer, Production Artist, Program Manager, Project Manager, Projection Designer, Social Media Developer, Stop Motion Animator, Storyboard Artist, Studio Artist, Television & Film Animator, Video Editor, Visual Effects Artist, Web Designer

What technologies and software packages will I learn to use?
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • For animation: Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Blender
  • For game development: Unreal Developer's Kit, Unity3D, Torque
  • For systems design: Java, Javascript, ActionScript, Python
  • For audio design: ProTools, PureData
Are there networking or internship opportunities?

Gainesville is emerging as an epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurial activity in new media. Opportunities for employment or internships are available at the University and from time to time at the Digital Worlds Institute during both the academic year and summer months. DW students are also notified on a consistent basis via the Student Bulletin about different job and internship opportunities in the area.

DW students are also encouraged to use the UF Career Resource Center (CRC). The CRC helps UF students choose their major/career, figure out what they can do with their lives, start a job or graduate school search, and network with employers. All services, except counseling/advising, are available to alumni as well.

Tools available for Undergrad Students:

  • Résumé and cover letter critique
  • Employer information sessions
  • Mock interviews
  • Online tools to research companies
  • Professional development workshops
  • Internship opportunities

Career Resource Center (CRC)
J. Wayne Reitz Union
352-392-1601
http://www.crc.ufl.edu

Allie Ricker
Assistant Director for Career Exploration and Education
College of the Arts CRC Liaison
Email: AlexandraR@crc.ufl.edu

Can I take one course at a time?

In order to stay on a timely path to completion, and to remain engaged with a consistent cohort of student colleagues, students are encouraged to take a full-time load (15 credit hours, or five courses) each semester. Coursework requires consistent participation and meeting regular deadlines; they are not “self-paced” courses. Therefore, while part-time registration may be accommodated with approval in advance from the faculty and appropriate student advisors, students are encouraged to take a full-time load each semester.

Admissions
Can I be a Digital Arts & Sciences major as a freshman?

Although students are not formally admitted to the BA in DAS program until the spring term of the sophomore year, students may apply to UF as freshmen and complete lower-division requirements before applying for admission to the Digital Worlds Institute.

What is the 2nd Year Portfolio Review?

A portfolio review will be conducted during the second semester of your sophomore year at UF to determine if you will be allowed to continue in the program as a major at the junior/senior level. Please contact the contact our Academic Advisor, Phillip Klepacki, during your freshman year to learn more about the portfolio review process.

Does DW participate in the PaCE Program?

Yes, PaCE students may choose Digital Arts and Sciences as a freshman. Completion of lower-division coursework, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and a successful portfolio review are required before students are allowed to transition to campus.  

Does DW admit students who have completed their AA degree as a high school student or otherwise known as HSAA applicants?

To be accepted into the BA in DAS program, HSAA students must submit a portfolio application directly to Digital Worlds by the March 15 deadline. If approved, they will immediately start upper-division coursework. If not approved, they are welcome to apply again next year or pursue a Minor in Digital Arts & Sciences.

How can I change my major to Digital Arts & Sciences?

Current UF Students who are considering changing majors into this program should contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Phillip Klepacki, as soon as possible.

What are the minimum transfer requirements for UF?

A transfer applicant is an undergraduate student with at least 60 transferrable semester credit hours and that has not earned a Bachelor’s degree. Visit the UF Admissions Office website for the minimum transfer requirements.

Are there prerequisite courses that I need to have taken prior to applying?

Yes. Transfer students should have taken the following courses in order to be considered for admission to the program:

  • ARH2050 – Art History 1
  • ARH2051 – Art History 2
  • ARH2000 – Art Appreciation
  • MAC1140 – Pre-Calculus

Freshman applicants to UF interested in the BA in DAS should complete all general education requirements, including these prerequisite courses, during the first two years of study.  The DAS advisor is available to meet with freshmen and sophomores for course-planning assistance, though all lower-division students must still meet with their assigned academic advisor. 

Do I have to submit a secondary Portfolio Application in addition to my Transfer Admissions Application?

Yes, to be accepted into this program you must also apply directly to the Digital Worlds Institute via portfolio application. Late applications will not be accepted.

The BA in DAS program is limited access. Having the minimum GPA, prerequisite coursework, and portfolio does NOT guarantee admission. Admission decisions are primarily determined by competitive portfolio review. The Digital Worlds Institute will not accept students whose portfolio does not demonstrate sufficient ability to achieve success within the BA in Digital Arts & Sciences program at the junior/senior level.

What should I include in my Portfolio Application?

In order to be admitted, you are required to assemble a collection of materials. This portfolio should contain your best and most recent work. The entire application helps the Digital Worlds Faculty to evaluate your achievements, as well as artistic and academic potential.

Personal Statement of Intent
A Personal Statement of Intent (PSI) refers to an original document created by the applicant that details their interests, motivations and rationale in seeking acceptance into the BA in DAS program. Said statement should be between one and two pages in length, and demonstrate not only serious intent to pursue the program, but also writing ability appropriate for an upper division student at a major American University. 

Resume/CV
Your resume provides additional insight into your background and may possibly help the evaluation committee understand your work, statement, and motivations.

Supplemental Support Material
Supplemental Support Material (SSM) refers to a body of original creative or technical work authored, documented and presented in a contemporary digital format. The SSM would contain examples of the best original work they have done prior to seeking admittance to the BA in DAS program. This could be work completed as part of their previous education, or original work completed outside of the classroom demonstrating passion and accomplishment in the general area they intend to pursue in the BA in DAS program. 

How do I submit by Portfolio Application?

Digital Worlds applicants submit a web-based portfolio to UF’s SlideRoom portal. This includes:

  • There is a $10 submission fee that you pay online after you set up and review your portfolio.
  • Images and videos can be labeled and ordered after they are uploaded. Include the title of the work, medium, size and date. You may also include the URL for your website.

Maximum file sizes:
images: .jpg, .png or .gif – 2 MB each. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72 dpi.
video - .mov, .wmv, .flv – up to 20 MB;
PDF - 10 MB per document.

Please see SlideRoom for additional instruction for submitting work. For technical assistance, contact support@slideroom.com

What are the computer requirements? (Software & Equipment)

Please see our Required Software & Equipment page.

When should I apply to the program?

Freshman Applicants
Apply to the University by November 1; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by March 15 of the sophomore year (to begin coursework in the junior year)

Transfer Applicants
Apply to the University by March 1; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by March 15.  

When will admission decisions be announced?

If all application materials are complete at both the Office of Admissions and the Digital Worlds Institute, students will receive official notice from the College of the Arts on or around the end of April. 

How can I visit Digital Worlds?

Digital Worlds Institute tours are generally scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month between 1pm to 2:30pm. For additional questions, please email visit@digitalworlds.ufl.edu or call the REVE Front Desk at (352) 294-2000. CLICK HERE to request a tour date. 

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