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.
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.
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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 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:
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:
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.
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?
When can I apply to the program?
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.