Undergraduate Application Process

Undergraduate Application Process

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Freshman admissions to the School of Fine Arts as a Digital Media & Design Major is a two-part process. You must submit the Common Application to the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office, but you must also submit 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 the Slideroom portfolio.
The UConn Digital Media & Design department offers four-year undergraduate degrees at the Storrs (main UConn campus) and Stamford campuses. Residential housing is now offered at Stamford, a growing campus located just 45-minutes from NYC, in close proximity to DMD industry partners. You will be asked to choose a campus in the Slideroom application, or you may select either.
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 the second choice campus as well!


ALL FRESHMEN APPLICANTS to Digital Media & Design: (Storrs & Stamford Campuses)

  • December 1, 2020 - Priority Freshman Application Deadline for Merit & Honors Consideration
  • December 30, 2020 - Early review deadline (preference given to portfolios submitted by this date)
  • January 15, 2021 - Deadline for Common Application and online portfolio uploaded to Slideroom
  • February 15, 2021 - FAFSA Deadline for Financial Eligibility
  • March 1, 2021  - Admissions decision notification begins


  • March 15, 2021 - Students interested in living in UConn's new 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, 2021 - Stamford housing deadline.
  • May 1, 2021 - General Regional Campus Application Deadline*

*Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. (NOTE: Stamford DMD majors are highly encouraged to meet the January 15, 2020 deadline in order to ensure placement, scholarship, and housing opportunities.)

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio requirements below are to be uploaded to the media section of Slideroom:

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Create a 1-minute smartphone video that tells your personal story of engagement with and affinity for Digital Media. Share your thoughts and reflections about the digital medium and why UConn is the place for you to advance your studies in the digital space. We ask that you produce your video as simply as possible 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 make a video that tells a 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 or WMV.

BA & BFA Students Must Upload a Portfolio to Slideroom

BA & BFA students must upload a portfolio to Slideroom.

A "portfolio" is a collection of the strongest work that represents you - your creativity, interests, and experiences in digital media, design, and related areas. It may contain any creative work you have made including: films/videos, animation, digital imaging, traditional art (drawing / painting, 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 limit is 60MB for your portfolio upload. Compress or zip your files prior to uploading.

The Cave

In addition to the creative work listed above, you 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 simple image of a cave that you’ve obtained from a web search (using a search engine). 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? It should be accompanied by a simple image of a cave that you've obtained. This assignment might be particularly useful for students applying to the Digital Culture, Learning and Advocacy or Digital Media Strategies for Business tracks, but is something we require all applicants to complete as part of their application.

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Please keep in mind that we DO NOT accept slides, CD’s or DVD’s– only digital files uploaded to SLIDEROOM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applicant portfolios that have been reviewed through Slideroom, in accordance with the deadlines indicated below, will be considered for admission into the Digital Media & Design program for the following fall semester. Portfolios received outside of these processes or after the indicated deadlines will NOT be considered. We do not schedule private review sessions.