Digital Worlds Institute

BA in Digital Arts & Sciences

Portfolio Requirements

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

  • 10 examples of your original work (across multiple categories)
  • 500-word essay prompt
  • A Brief Personal Video
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume/CV

Original Work

The Digital Worlds Institute is looking for portfolios that represent foundational cross-disciplinary skills across three primary areas detailed below.

All applicants will submit a portfolio of their own creative work; this work could have been completed as part of your previous educational experience or could also be original work completed outside of the classroom. Applicants must include a title and description for each submission, and detail their role and method used in the creation and development of each. 

Your representative collection of original work should be exactly 10 pieces comprised of examples of your work chosen from the three areas below. While most applicants may not have equal proficiencies in each of these areas, it is highly recommended that students submit a diverse portfolio of their work that includes samples from each of the areas detailed below.  

Digital Design

This may include examples of:

  • Digital illustrations/painting (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, etc.)
  • Game art (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Character Design (e.g. Photoshop, Maya)
  • 3D modeling and textures (e.g. Maya, Blender, Substance Painter, ZBrush)
  • Photography (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Graphic design (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

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).

Time-Based Media

This may include examples of:

  • 2D or 3D animation (e.g. Maya, Flash, Toon Boom, After Effects)
  • Video production (e.g. Premiere, Final Cut)
  • Motion graphics (e.g. After Effects, Cinema 4D)
  • Audio (e.g. Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Audacity)

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).

Interactive Media and Programming

This may include examples of:

  • Video game design and development (e.g. Unity, Unreal, JavaScript, C#, C++)
  • Web-based/mobile app design and development (e.g. Dreamweaver, HTML 5, Java, Swift)
  • UI/UX (Axure, Sketch, OmniGraffle, InDesign)

If you do not yet have coding 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS: While most applicants may not have equal proficiencies in all areas of digital arts and coding, your portfolio submission demonstrates your creativity and the current state of your foundational skills to the Digital Worlds 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. Use this process as an opportunity to showcase your talents and strengths while learning and gaining a few skills along the way.


Additional Portfolio Submission Material

Essay Prompt
In 500 words or less, please describe why you are interested in the BADAS program, what past experiences you have in creative digital media and/or technical work, your post-graduation plans and how the BADAS program will help you achieve them.

Brief Personal Video
All applicants are required to make and submit an original video with a maximum length of one minute. Mobile device or cell phone videos are perfectly acceptable. You are encouraged to be authentic and heartfelt in answering the question below. 

What are your motivations to do interdisciplinary work in the Digital Arts & Sciences and what do you believe you will bring to this interdisciplinary program?

Unofficial Transcript
Please attach an unofficial transcript showing all college credits earned so far.

Resume/CV
Please attach your resume/CV.

Follow the instructions for uploading the required portfolio at https://ufl.slideroom.com

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