Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts & Sciences

The Program

The BA in DAS degree crosses traditional college boundaries between the arts, communications, and engineering. Students will become versed in contemporary issues in social and interactive media, critical thinking, and creative design solutions. The emergent field of Digital Arts & Sciences is ideal for students whose intellectual and creative energies are not defined or confined by traditional academic disciplines. Whether your passion involves technology, design, or 21st-century storytelling, this degree will provide you with the critical thinking and practical skills to fuel the pursuit of your own individual dreams. The BADAS graduate will gain experience working in collaborative teams on media projects including 2D and 3D animation, digital production, game design and development, digital storytelling and communication. 

Cohort Experience
The BA in DAS curriculum is designed as a lock-step cohort experience. Students are only accepted into the program once a year to begin in the Fall semester. The cohort experience offers a unique opportunity to be a part of a community of learners who take a set sequence of courses together. This experience builds a valuable network of relationships inside and outside the program. 

Small Class Sizes
With our largest classroom holding a maximum of 50 seats, our students are able to work closely with their instructors and peers. Students can get one-on-one contact with faculty, participate in discussions, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Through a strong commitment to teaching, our faculty comes from diverse but complementary areas of expertise and our students benefit from close interaction with their instructors and research mentors. 

For information and support related to our Academic Programs, please email

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.

  • To schedule a tour of the Digital Worlds Institute, CLICK HERE to request a tour date. 
  • For additional questions, please email or call the REVE Front Desk at (352) 294-2000.

BA in Digital Arts & Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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). 

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.

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

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.

What do I need to get into 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.

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:

  • ARH2050 – Art History 1
  • ARH2051 – Art History 2
  • ARH2000 – Art Appreciation
  • MAC1140 – Pre-Calculus

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. 

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

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. 

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. The SSM would contain examples of the best original work they have done prior to seeking admittance to the BA in DAS 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 BA in DAS program. 

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. 

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.

All Digital Worlds-specific application materials for the 2017-18 academic year must be received by March 15.

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.

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 advisers, students are encouraged to take a full-time load each semester.

  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • How can I visit Digital Worlds?
  • Digital Worlds Institute tours are generally scheduled for the 2nd Friday of each month between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • To schedule a tour of the Digital Worlds Institute, CLICK HERE to request a tour date. 
  • For additional questions, please email or call the REVE Front Desk at (352) 294-2000.

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). 

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 1. The deadline for receipt of all Digital Worlds-specific application materials (see below) for Fall 2017 admissions to the BA in DAS program is March 15.                
    • 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
    • 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. 

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 junior year)
  • Transfer applicants: apply to the University by March 1; submit Digital Worlds-specific materials by March 15. 

What are the tuition rates?
Tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year can be found at the University Bursar website

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. 

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. 

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.  

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.