Transfer Student Application Process

Transfer Student Application Process

Transfer Student Application Overview

Welcome to UConn's Department of Digital Media & Design! We are excited to meet prospective transfer students and invite them to learn more about our DMD program!


Admissions to the School of Fine Arts as a Digital Media & Design Major is a two-part process. Transfer students must submit:
  1. An application to the University of Connecticut Transfer Admissions office and
  2. An online portfolio through SlideRoom.

Transfer applicants must apply through the UConn Application.  Please read the Transfer Application Instructions for current information and to apply online. 

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 a SlideRoom portfolio. Additionally, your application will not appear complete until a recommendation is provided by the DMD department to Admissions. Therefore transfer applications will NOT be reviewed unless a portfolio is submitted via SlideRoom.


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

  • February 1, 2023 - Deadline for applicant's portfolio to be uploaded to SlideRoom
  • February 1, 2023 - UConn Application due to Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • February 15, 2023 - FAFSA Deadline for Financial Eligibility


  • March 15, 2023 - 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, 2023 - Stamford housing deadline.
  • May 1, 2023 - General Regional Campus Application Deadline*

*Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. (NOTE: Stamford DMD transfer applicants are highly encouraged to meet the February 1, 2023 deadline in order to ensure placement, scholarship, and housing opportunities.)

All interested students may contact the University Admissions Office for more information at or at (860) 486-3137.

Additional Info for Transfer Students

The UConn Digital Media & Design department offers four-year undergraduate degrees at the Storrs (main UConn campus) and Stamford campuses. Residential housing is also 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 (B.F.A.) or Digital Media & Design (B.A.)) 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 UConn Application, indicate your second choice major and campus as well.
Transfer students who have previously taken courses in Art and/or Design should be prepared to submit course syllabi to UConn Admissions and UConn Digital Media & Design Department for additional transfer credit evaluation and course review. Please save your detailed syllabus (including assignment descriptions) and the full body of work created so that we can properly evaluate your transfer credits.

Students who are transferring from another Connecticut college/university may review transfer course equivalencies at Transfer Course Equivalencies.

Please know that due to the competitive nature of our program, we are extremely limited in the number of transfer students we can accept. Transfer applicants will be notified of their results approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the review period begins (February 1) and after their application is complete.


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.



Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio items below are to be uploaded to the Media section of Slideroom:

1) Create a 1-Minute VideoStudents Collaborating

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.

artwork of a cave2) 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

All Applicants (B.A. and B.F.A.) Must Upload a Portfolio to SlideRoom.
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.

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Please keep in mind that we DO NOT accept USB drives, CDs, or DVDs – only digital files uploaded to SLIDEROOM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applicant portfolios that have been reviewed through SlideRoom, in accordance with the deadlines indicated, 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.