Digital Worlds Institute

BA in Digital Arts & Sciences

Portfolio Requirements

Your BADAS Portfolio in its totality will consist of the following:

  • Five short-answer applicant rationale questions
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume/CV
  • Original Work
    • Digital Arts (5 - 7 pieces)
    • Programming (2 - 4 pieces)
    • Creative Works (3 pieces)

In essence, your portfolio submission demonstrates your creativity and the current state of your foundational skills to the Faculty Admissions Committee.

A crucial part of your BADAS portfolio involves a body of original creative or technical work authored, documented, and presented in a digital format. The submitted portfolio should contain examples of the best original work you have done prior to seeking admittance to the BADAS program. This could be work completed as part of your previous education, or original work completed outside of the classroom, demonstrating passion, talent, and skill in one or more areas of the digital arts and sciences.

While most applicants may not have equal proficiencies in all areas of digital arts and programming, your portfolio submission demonstrates your creativity and the current state of your foundational skills to the Faculty Admissions Committee. 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.

Your representative collection of original work should comprise exactly 12 pieces. If you submit 6 Digital Arts pieces, you would also submit 3 Programming examples and 3 samples of your Creative Works 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 Creative Works.

Digital Arts (5 - 7 pieces)

Your portfolio should include 5 to 7 examples of digital artwork that showcase your artistic talents. Each digital arts example should include a brief explanation/description. Please review the examples listed below.

  • Digital illustrations/paintings (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, etc.)
  • Animations (e.g. Maya, Flash, Toon Boom, After Effects)
  • Digital photography (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Graphic design (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Videography (e.g. Premiere, Final Cut)
  • Sound design/composition (e.g. Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Audacity)
  • Video games (e.g. GameSalad, Game Maker, Unity, Unreal)
  • Modeling and Textures (e.g. Maya)
  • Character Design (e.g. Photoshop, Maya)
  • Custom Websites (e.g. Dreamweaver, Wordpress, Squarespace)

NOTE: Do not submit “project files” (for example a Photoshop .psd file). Submit the executable or high-resolution output file instead (for example a .jpg or a .png made from a Photoshop project, or a .mov or .mp4 file made from the Premiere or Final Cut project files).

Programming (2 - 4 pieces)

Each programming example should be submitted in the form of a PDF file and should include:

  • Your name
  • Computer code (copied and pasted into the pdf document)
  • Explanation/description of each code sample (indicating intent, scope, input, output, etc.)
  • Date when the code was written
  • Representative screenshots or illustrations of the running program

If you do not yet have programming examples, complete one or more Lynda.com tutorials below. These tutorials will provide you with the necessary knowledge to succeed in our program. You are welcome to include assignments from these tutorials in your portfolio submission as long as you follow the instructions above.

NOTE: Video Game and Website programming examples may be included in this category. 

Creative Work (3 pieces)

Your portfolio should include 3 additional pieces from any category or specialization you choose. Feel free to highlight other creative mediums or talents you would like the Faculty Admissions Committee to consider. You may include additional digital art and programming pieces as well. Please review the examples listed below.

  • Traditional art
  • Sculpting
  • Drawing
  • Figure studies
  • Dance
  • Creative writing
  • Concept art
  • Illustration
  • Cartoon
  • Comics

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