Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts & Sciences

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The University of Florida Digital Worlds Institute offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS). DAS is an interdisciplinary field featuring an exciting curriculum that blends significant aspects of digital arts, technology, communications and live performance.

The Bachelor of Arts in DAS (BADAS)  degree will allow a choice from three potential areas of concentration for students:

    • Systems Design – Focused on technical art and digital animation. Students will learn digital animation, interface protocols and programming, game design, and media systems development. Appropriate for those with strong interest and some background in technology or programming.
    • Media & Storytelling – Focused on using digital media to effectively communicate and craft new forms of stories. Students will learn strategic digital communication, linear and non-linear narrative, messaging, and branding using traditional and emerging technologies including social media. Appropriate for writers and communicators wishing to acquire fluency and expertise in the digital arts and sciences.
    • Design & Production – Focused on using digital media to design virtual and augmented environments, projection and audio design, and digitally-enhanced performances. Appropriate for students with identified interests in traditional areas including music, dance, theatre and design arts wishing to merge these interests with digital technology and production techniques.

The annual application period for the 2015-16 academic year has now passed. If you need more information on admissions, please email: advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu

Should you still have questions after reading all of the FAQs below, please send them via EMAIL to: advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu

Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students:

Digital Worlds Institute tours are generally scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please call the REVE Front Desk at (352) 294-2000 for more details or to sign up, or email visit@digitalworlds.ufl.edu with your name, the number of people in your party and your areas of interest.



BA in Digital Arts & Sciences


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


About the BADAS Degree Program:

What will I learn in the BADAS program? 
What career paths are available for BADAS graduates?
What technologies and software packages will I learn to use?
Are there networking or internship opportunities?
What do I need to get in to the BADAS program?
Are there prerequisite courses that I need to have taken prior to applying?
What are the computer requirements?  (Hardware and software)
What is meant by a “Personal Statement of Intent” (PSI)?
What is meant by “Supplemental Support Material” (SSM)?
What does the SSM need to contain?
How many items does the SSM need to contain?
Any specifications as to what is or is not acceptable in the SSM?
How can I submit digital copies of my PSI and SSM work?
Can the BADAS be taken in either a traditional or an online format?
Can I take one course at a time?
Can I begin the program in the spring term?
When will admission decisions be announced? 
How can I visit Digital Worlds?


About the University of Florida Policies:

What are the admissions requirements for freshmen? 
What are the admissions requirements for transfer students?
When can I apply to the program? 
What are the tuition rates?
What classes will transfer to UF if I am not a Florida resident?
Does UF allow/participate in the dual enrollment program for students?
What if I am not able to complete all prerequisites in time and have already completed my 60 hours?  Can I finish them at UF, or will I have to start over as a freshman?
I already have a Bachelor’s degree, but am interested in your program.  Am I eligible to apply?


About the BADAS Degree Program:

What will I learn in the BADAS program?
Depending upon their chosen area of concentration, BADAS students will learn and develop their fluency in a variety of areas including 2D and 3D animation, digital production, game design and development, digital storytelling and communication, and digital performance production (including audio and projection design).  Top 

What career paths are available for BADAS graduates?
BADAS students will have a number of career paths available to them depending upon their area of concentration and personal goals and motivations. 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. Top 

What technologies and software packages will I learn to use?

    • 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 Top 


Are there networking or internship opportunities?
Gainesville is emerging as an epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurial activity in new media. While it is an exciting place to live and study, we recommend that BADAS students plan to concentrate on their studies while in the program.  That said, opportunities for employment (particularly for Work Study students) are available at the University and from time to time at the Digital Worlds Institute during both the academic year and during the summer. Top 

What do I need to get in to the BADAS program?

Students seeking admission to the program must meet the University of Florida admissions standards and requirements, and additionally must provide a Personal Statement of Intent (PSI) and Supplemental Support Material (SSM) directly to the UF Digital Worlds Institute. Submitted materials will not be returned – students should keep copies of all SSM materials submitted. Top 

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:

    • ENC 1101 Composition (Expository and Argumentative Writing)
    • RTV 2100 Writing for Electronic Media
    • ARH 2500 Non-Western Art
    • THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation

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.  Top 

What are the computer requirements?  (Hardware and software)

Please see our computer requirements pageTop 

What is meant by a “Personal Statement of Intent” (PSI) ?

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 BADAS program. It is recommended that the statement be between one and two pages in length, and demonstrate not only serious intent to pursue the program, but also a level of writing and communications ability appropriate for a student to be accepted into a program at a major American university. Top

What is meant by “Supplemental Support Material” (SSM)?

Supplemental Support Material (SSM) refers to a body of original creative or technical work authored, documented and presented in a contemporary digital format. Depending on a student’s intended area of concentration in the BADAS program (i.e. Systems Design, Media & Storytelling, or Design & Production), the SSM would contain examples of the best original work they have done prior to seeking admittance to the BADAS 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 BADAS program. Top

What does the SSM need to contain?  
SSM submissions in each of the areas might include:

    • Systems Design: Examples of original software, video games, computer code and/or scripting written by the student. Also, examples of original animation, motion graphics or technical design or artwork created by the student and presented to the BADAS Faculty for review via website, data disc or another professional digital medium.
    • Media & Storytelling: Examples of original writing, scripts, audio or video creations or perhaps documentation of performances, movies or other narrative forms created by the student. Alternatively, examples of effective digital communications (i.e. websites, branding or marketing campaigns or strategic communications, etc.) created by the student and presented to the BADAS Faculty for review via website, data disc or another professional digital medium.
    • Design & Production: Examples of original work either previously produced or designed for production in a theatrical, non-traditional or digital venue. This may take the form of audio or video recordings, conceptual treatments or proposals for digitally-enhanced live performance productions or perhaps an entirely new form of production that combines human performance with technology (i.e. streaming video, live interactive performance, etc.) created by the student and presented to the BADAS faculty for review via website, data disc or another professional digital medium. Top

How many items does the SSM need to contain?

We are looking for 6-8 examples of your best work related to your intended area of concentration. Top 

Are there any specifications as to what is or is not acceptable in the SSM?


As long as the work is your own original creation, or made in collaboration with another whose specific contributions are identified in the description (i.e. I did the video and (another) did the music and audio) your submission ought to be acceptable as a means of assessing your skills and motivations for study in the program. Top 

How can I submit digital copies of my PSI and SSM work?

  • There are two ways to submit your work:

    • 1. Send the materials on a data disc (CD or DVD) or flash drive to:
      • BA in DAS Admissions
      • Digital Worlds Institute
      • PO Box 115800*
      • University of Florida
      • Gainesville, FL 32611-5800
      • *If you are sending materials through a courier service that requires a street address instead of a PO Box, please substitute “1389 Stadium Road” for the PO Box in the address above.

The annual application period for the 2015-16 academic year has now passed. If you need more information on admissions, please email: advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu

All Digital Worlds-specific application materials for the 2016-17 academic year must be received by March 15, 2016Top

Can the BADAS be taken in either a traditional or an online format?

The admissions applications of qualified students with appropriate AA or AS work completed will be reviewed and, upon acceptance into the BA in DAS program, the upper division coursework can be taken as either a traditional on-campus experience or as a fully online experience. Top

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, both on campus and online, 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. Top

  • Can I begin the program in the spring term?
  • Due to course sequencing, we only currently only admit students to begin in the fall term. Top 
  • 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: TBA  Top 
  • How can I visit Digital Worlds?
  • Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students
  • Digital Worlds Institute tours are generally scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to sign up:

About the University of Florida Policies:

What are the admissions requirements for freshmen? 

Admissions qualifications for freshman applicants can be found on the Office of Admissions website.  Students who enter UF as freshmen will apply to the BA in DAS program in the second semester of the sophomore year by submitting their Portfolio Application Packet, Personal Statement of Intent (PSI), and Supplemental Support Material (SSM). Top       

What are the admissions requirements for transfer students?

    • 1. Submit the UF Application and $30 nonrefundable application fee six to nine months before the term begins.
    • 2. Meet application deadlines. The transfer application must be filed with the Office of Admissions by March 15, 2016. The deadline for receipt of all Digital Worlds-specific application materials (see below) for Fall 2016 admissions to the BA in DAS program is March 15, 2016.                
    • 3. Submit all high school and postsecondary transcripts.
      • The Office of Admissions requires official transcripts, which can be sent to UF in two ways:
        • paper transcript received by UF in a sealed envelope
        • electronic transcripts sent from your institution directly to UF. (Most Florida public high schools, universities and community colleges prefer to send transcripts electronically, saving you up to two weeks’ response time.)
      • The Digital Worlds Institute also requires copies of your transcripts, although unofficial copies will suffice (e.g. a photocopy of your official transcript, or a printout of your online transcripts).  Please be certain that unofficial transcripts include your name and the name of the institution(s). 
    • 4. Submit documentation of two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 sequential semester hours at the postsecondary level, or document an equivalent level of proficiency.
    • 5. Apply to a specific track in the Digital Arts & Sciences program (Design & Production; Media & Storytelling; or Systems Design).
    • 6. Meet college and major prerequisite courses and minimum GPA requirements.
      • Digital Worlds minimum GPA:  2.0
      • Prerequisite courses:
        • ENC 1101 – Composition (Expository and Argumentative Writing)
        • RTV 2100 – Writing for Electronic Media
        • ARH 2500 – Non-Western Art
        • THE 2000 – Theatre Appreciation
    • 7. Be in good standing and eligible to return to any institution previously attended.
    • 8. Submit proof of immunization and health insurance prior to registration.
    • 9. Understand that meeting minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to the university or the BADAS program. Top 

When can I apply to the program?

Freshman applicants: apply to the University by November 1; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by sophomore year (to begin coursework in the junior year)

Transfer applicants: apply to the University by March 15, 2016; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by March 15, 2016. Top 

What are the tuition rates?

Tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year can be found at the University Bursar website.  Top 

Which classes will transfer to UF if I am not a Florida resident?

All transcripts are reviewed by the UF Office of Admissions to determine completion of general education and foreign language requirements.  It is the prerogative of the student’s college to determine how transfer credit satisfies the specific degree's course requirements.  No official evaluation of transfer coursework will be completed by Digital Worlds until the Office of Admissions has created a UF transcript for the student. Top 

Does UF allow/participate in the dual enrollment program for students?

Yes, UF accepts dual enrollment credit, and offers opportunities for dual enrollment, both on campus and online.  Visit the Dual Credit Enrollment website for more information. Top 

What if I am not able to complete all prerequisites in time and have already completed my 60 hours?  Can I finish them at UF, or will I have to start over as a freshman?

Any deficiencies in general education coursework can be completed at UF, although students pursuing the online option should realize that not all such courses are available online.  Further, online students who are not Florida residents will be charged out-of-state tuition for any general courses taken.  Top 

I already have a Bachelor’s degree, but am interested in your program.  Am I eligible to apply?

The University of Florida does not admit students seeking a second bachelor’s degree.  You may wish to look into our MA in DAS graduate program.  Top