Current UK Students please use the Change of Major/Adding Second major DMDE application

Transfers from other institutions please use the Digital Media Design Degree Entrance Application (Transfers from Other Institutions)

Welcome to the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies Digital Media Design application.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Digital Media Design prepares students to create images and artifacts for existing and emerging creative industries and practices. This degree can lead to a variety of careers in art and design, allowing flexibility for students looking to pursue their interests and hone their skills for a variety of careers and applications.

Existing within the School of Art and Visual Studies, this technically and conceptually rigorous program engages art and design as concurrent creative practices. Here, students can explore multiple areas of interest, including graphic design, digital drawing and illustration, photography, video, animation, digital fabrication, programming for the web and robotics, and print media. In addition, students engage with other arts and academic areas to inform and inspire their creative work.

We look forward to learning about you and your future creative goals.


As of July 1, 2019, the Digital Media Design major is a competitive Selective-Admission program. This means that all students interested in this major must submit this application and be accepted into the program before they can declare the major. Please be thoughtful and take time when preparing and submitting your application.

A faculty committee will review applications following each round of deadlines.

Application deadlines

For Freshmen applicants, the deadlines are:

December 1 is the UK Early Decision and UK SCHOLARSHIP deadline! February 4 is the early decision deadline to apply to the DMDE program using this Submittable application form.

February 28 is the deadline for regular decision for the Fall semester.

Applications submitted after February 28 and before May 2 will be reviewed for Fall admission.

Applications submitted after May 2 will only be considered for the following Spring semester.

October 11 is the deadline for Spring semester applications.


For Changes of Major within UK and adding Digital Media Design as a second major please see Digital Media Design Degree Entrance Application (Current UK Students) for the deadlines.

For Transfers from other institutions please see Digital Media Design Degree Entrance Application (Transfers from Other Institutions) application for the deadlines.


FAQs for the Digital Media Design major Application Process

Q: How do I apply for entrance into the Digital Media Design program? 

A: Using this form, follow all instructions on submitting your application. 


Q: What information do I need to provide for the application? 

A: Along with general information such as name and address, you will need to provide:

  •  Your unweighted high school GPA
  • SAT or ACT scores (if you have them)
  • Responses to three writing prompts
  • Optional letters of references. If you submit letters of reference they should be written by a non-family member who can speak to your abilities, character, and potential to succeed. This letter should also indicate your relationship to the writer and how long you have known one another.
  • A portfolio. While this is optional, a portfolio is highly recommended and the work does NOT have to be from a class. If your writing references your art or design work, you should include examples.


Q: What should be included in the required written statement of intent? 

A: You will answer several questions that will guide you through the statement of intent. The Committee would like to know your future plans and interest in the field of digital media design. 


Q: What are the minimum GPA and ACT/SAT scores required for the application? 

A: The minimum GPA and minimum ACT/SAT scores will fluctuate depending on the number and quality of the other applications in a given application cycle. This is a competitive program and standards will vary during each application cycle. (If due to Covid-19 you do not have ACT/SAT scores you will be able to indicate that in your application form and will not be penalized)


Q: Is there a minimum grade or GPA I must maintain while in the Digital Media Design program?

A: Yes. As a Digital Media Design major, you must earn a ā€œCā€ grade or better in all major requirement courses. Grades will be reviewed at the end of each Spring semester and students who have not earned the required grades will be advised to choose another major. 


Q: If my application is not accepted can I reapply?

A: Yes. You can reapply with updated statements and portfolio. Please do not submit an identical application.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.