UF’s Digital Worlds Institute is on the cutting edge of digital arts and sciences — both in our research initiatives and innovative approach to education. We are a recognized leader in combining arts, communications, engineering and science, with a focus on advanced media systems.
Founded in 2001 as a partnership between the College of the Arts and the College of Engineering, the Institute has grown its initiatives across six additional colleges at UF. The UF College of the Arts’ (COTA) mission is to foster creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence and innovation across disciplines. COTA achieves the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical-thinking skills and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination.
Digital Worlds Institute shares the COTA mission of serving as an educational, professional, and cultural resource for the campus, community, state, and region. Our undergraduate and graduate students contribute to and benefit from that commitment as we continue to develop a culture of creativity, innovation and access.
Our award-winning research and academic programs continue to attract diverse students who wish to make their mark in the 21st century. DW students are now working at companies like DreamWorks and Microsoft, and creating their own successful startups.
The Florida Legislature designated the University of Florida (UF) as a “preeminent” university in the spring of 2013. The lawmakers also allocated $15 million annually to UF for five years to support the University in its goal of joining the nation’s top-ten public universities. Outstanding students, faculty, programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities have made UF one of the nation’s best universities, public or private, and one of the best values.