Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts & Sciences

Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS) is an interdisciplinary field which offers degrees in both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Sciences formats. Since 2001, the Digital Worlds Institute has overseen the Bachelor of Arts in DAS (BADAS). Since then, its program has developed a new and enhanced curriculum that blends aspects of digital arts, technology, communications and performance. We are now accepting applications for students to enroll in the updated interdisciplinary degree program for Fall of 2015.

If, after you have read all of the FAQ below, you still have questions, please send them to via EMAIL to: advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu.

Digital Worlds Institute TOUR set for this Friday, December 12th from 1-3pm

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.(Tours will be scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month.)



BA in Digital Arts & Sciences


The new BADAS degree will allow a choice from three potential areas of concentration for students:

  • Systems Design –Focuses 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 a strong interest and some background in technology or programming.
  • Media & Storytelling – Focuses 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 –Focuses 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.

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

Program graduates will have a number of career paths available to them depending upon their area of concentration and personal goals and motivations. Specifically, 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 a 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 the summer. Top

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

Students seeking admission to the program must meet 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?
No.  Although previous coursework in digital arts or digital media may be helpful in compiling an admissions portfolio, no prior coursework is required for transfer students beyond that which fulfills the requirements of the A.A. degree.  Freshman applicants to UF interested in the BA in DAS should complete all general education requirements during the first two years of study.  Top 

What are the computer requirements?  (Hardware and software)
Please see our computer requirements page hereTop 

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 such a 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.

The PSI and SSM would typically be submitted at the same time the formal application to the University of Florida is made (or shortly thereafter). Top

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

There are two ways to submit your work, either:

A) Send the materials on a DATA Disc (CD or DVD depending on how large the files are) to the address given here:

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.

OR

B) If the files are small enough to be emailed, you may send via EMAIL to: advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu with a Subject Line: SSM for <your_FIRST_NAME> <your_LAST_NAME>. 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, 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, 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 

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 

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

Upon acceptance into the BA in DAS program,  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 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?

Currently, due to course sequencing, we only admit students to begin in the fall term. Top 

When will admission decisions be announced?

We intend to announce the first round admissions decisions on or around April 15.  In the case of second round applicants, decisions should be announced on or around May 1. Top 

How can I visit Digital Worlds?

Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students:

          •  Friday, December 12th from 1-3pm

For more information or to sign up:

          •  Phone: (352) 294-2000

          •  Email visit@digitalworlds.ufl.edu with your name, the number of people in your party, and your areas of interest.

          (Tours will be scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month.) Top

About the University of Florida Policies:

What are the admissions requirements for freshmen? 
Admissions qualifications for freshman applicants can be found at http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/ugrad/frqualify.html.  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 Personal Statement of Intent (PSI) and Supplemental Support Material (SSM). Top       

What are the admissions requirements for transfer students?
In addition to meeting the standards and requirements of the BADAS program, applicants must meet the University of Florida minimum admissions requirements for transfer students, found at http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/ugrad/trqualifying.html.  

All transfer students must do the following:

  • Submit the University of Florida application (http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/start.html) and a $30 nonrefundable application fee. Our deadline is March 1st, but, preferably, candidates would send materials six to nine months before the term begins. On the UF application page, follow the link for “Transfer/Readmission” (do NOT choose “UF Online”).Ensure that all transcripts and any other supporting documentation requested by Admissions (test scores, evidence of foreign language fulfillment, etc.) are received by the deadline.
  • Submit the Personal Statement of Intent (PSI) and Supplemental Support Material (SSM) to the Digital Worlds Institute by the deadline of March 15th.  More information on these requirements can be found at http://digitalworlds.ufl.edu/programs/ba-in-das/#badas6.  Materials can be submitted electronically to advising@digitalworlds.ufl.edu, or by mail 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.

All applicants should understand that meeting minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to the university or the BA program. Top

When can I apply to the program?

Freshman applicants:  apply to the University by November 1, submit PSI and SSM by March 15 of the sophomore year (to begin coursework in the junior year)

Transfer applicants:  apply to the University by March 1, submit PSI and SSM by March 15. Top

What are the tuition rates?
Tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year can be found at http://www.fa.ufl.edu/bursar/current-students/tuition-and-fees-2014-15/.  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. More information is available at http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/students/dceTop

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 not all such courses are available online.  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