Frequently Asked Questions about the BA in Digitial Arts & Sciences degree program.About the 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.
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.
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
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:
Career Resource Center (CRC)
J. Wayne Reitz Union
Assistant Director for Career Exploration and Education
College of the Arts CRC Liaison
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.
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.
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.
No, the BA in DAS degree does not particapate the PaCE program.
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.
Current UF Students who are considering changing majors into this program should contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Phillip Klepacki, as soon as possible.
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.
Yes. Transfer students should have taken the following courses in order to be considered for admission to the program:
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.
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.
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 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.
Your resume provides additional insight into your background and may possibly help the evaluation committee understand your work, statement, and motivations.
Your portfolio should consist of a representative collection of your original work comprised of a total of exactly 12 pieces from the following three areas:
If you submit 6 Digital Arts pieces, you would also submit 3 Programming examples and 3 samples of your Other Best Work for a total of exactly 12 pieces. If you were to submit 5 Digital Arts pieces, you would also submit 4 Programming examples and 3 samples of your Other Best Work.
The portfolio submission should not be an overwhelming process, but rather an incentive to feature your current state of creative and technical accomplishment. Again, it is understood most applicants do not have equal proficiency in all areas of digital arts and programming. Use this process as an opportunity to showcase your talents and strengths while learning and gaining a few skills along the way.
Digital Worlds applicants submit a web-based portfolio to UF’s SlideRoom portal. This includes:
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 our Required Software & Equipment page.
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)
Apply to the University by March 1; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by March 15.
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.
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