First Year Student Application Overview
Welcome to UConn's Department of Digital Media & Design! We are excited to meet prospective students and invite them to learn more about our DMD program!
First-year admissions to the School of Fine Arts as a Digital Media & Design Major is a two-part process. You must submit:
- An application to the University of Connecticut online through either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. There is no preference in application choice and only one application is required. For more info, visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office
- An online portfolio through Slideroom.
Entrance into the Digital Media & Design program is highly competitive, and the portfolio review is a vital part of the admission process. Your application to UConn DMD will not be complete until you upload your Slideroom portfolio.
The UConn Digital Media & Design department offers four-year undergraduate degrees at both the Storrs (main UConn campus) and Stamford campuses. Residential housing is available in Stamford, a growing campus located just 45-minutes from NYC, in close proximity to DMD industry partners. You will be asked to choose a first-choice campus and major (Digital Media & Design (BFA) or Digital Media & Design (BA)) in your application.
You will also be asked in Slideroom if, in the event that your application to your first-choice campus is not successful, would you like to be considered for the other campus as a second-choice option? Please be sure to check the appropriate box, AND in the Common Application, indicate your second choice major and campus as well!
New England Regional Student Eligibility
The University of Connecticut participates in the New England Regional Student Program. The New England Board of Higher Education provides New England residents with a tuition reduction when they pursue certain majors at New England public colleges and universities. Due to its unique nature, UConn’s Digital Media & Design (BFA & BA) is one of the approved degree programs. Students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont are eligible for a significant discount on out-of-state tuition (175% of UConn's in-state tuition cost) when they choose Digital Media & Design as their major at UConn.
ALL FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS to Digital Media & Design: (Storrs & Stamford Campuses)
- December 1, 2021 - Priority Freshman Application Deadline for Merit & Honors Consideration
- December 30, 2021 - Early review deadline (portfolios submitted by this date are reviewed sooner.)
- January 15, 2022 - Deadline for Common Application and online portfolio uploaded to Slideroom
- February 15, 2022 - FAFSA Deadline for Financial Eligibility
- March 1, 2022 - Admissions decision notification begins
ADDITIONAL DATES FOR STAMFORD APPLICANTS ONLY:
- March 15, 2022 - Students interested in living in UConn's residential facility on the Stamford campus are advised to complete the admissions application in order to receive a decision and apply for housing before the April 1 Stamford housing deadline.
- April 1, 2022 - Stamford housing deadline.
- May 1, 2022 - General Regional Campus Application Deadline*
*Regional Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. (NOTE: Stamford DMD applicants are highly encouraged to meet the January 15, 2022 deadline in order to ensure placement, scholarship, and housing opportunities.)
All interested students may contact the University Admissions Office for more information at BeAHusky@uconn.edu or at (860) 486-3137.
The portfolio items below are to be uploaded to the Media section of Slideroom:
1) Create a 1-Minute Video
Create a 1-minute video that tells your personal story of engagement with, and affinity for, Digital Media and Design. Share your thoughts and reflections about the digital medium and why UConn is the place for you to advance your studies. We ask that you produce your video as simply as possible (use a smartphone or webcam) and keep the focus on you - we want to meet you and get to know more about you through your video. Your video will be judged on substance (what you have to say), not on production values (how you shoot or edit) so don’t worry about making the coolest looking video. Instead, focus on making a video that tells your personal story. Also, we will watch only 60-seconds of your video, so running longer than 1-minute will not help your application. The file format for all video submissions should be: .mov, .mp4, or .wmv.
2) Writing Assignment - "The Cave"
All applicants must complete a 250-word writing challenge consisting of a short story titled "The Cave." The story must not exceed 250 words and should be accompanied by a single image of a cave that you’ve created or obtained from a web search (using a search engine) or your own image. In your short essay, tell us about the cave, where the cave is located, where it leads, or who/what lives in the cave. What is special about this cave to you?
3) Your Artistic Portfolio
A portfolio is a collection of the strongest creative work that represents you - your artistic interests and experiences in art, digital media, design, and related areas. It should contain the best creative work you have made including: films/videos, animations, digital imaging, traditional art (drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media), web design, creative blogs, writing samples, and even work in math, science, technology, business, music, or other areas. The total file size limit is 60MB for your portfolio upload. Compress or zip your files prior to uploading if you think you may exceed that limit.
Please keep in mind that we DO NOT accept USB drives, CDs or DVDs – only digital files uploaded to SLIDEROOM.