Application Info

The DANM MFA program admits new students once each year in the fall. The application period opens on October 1 and closes January 1 for admission the following fall quarter.

DANM Admissions Requirements

Prospective students in the Digital Arts and New Media program have a foundation in the arts with demonstrated interest in technology or a foundation in technology with a demonstrated background in the arts. Many, but not all, entering students have completed a Bachelor of Arts program in one or more of the arts disciplines (Art or Art History, Film, Multimedia, Music, Theater, Video, etc.) or a Bachelor of Science program in Computer Science or Computer or Electrical Engineering. Other successful applicants have a BA or BS in another field but are able to show substantial achievement in the arts, in technology or in digital arts.

Students apply online through the Division of Graduate Studies web site between October and mid-February for the following fall quarter. UC Santa Cruz requires that applicants complete the UCSC online application to be considered for admission to a graduate program. We will, however, provide access to a downloadable version of our application to those who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to submitting an on-line application, students are expected to submit an online portfolio. As of spring 2007, GRE scores are not required when applying. In addition, our computer programming requirement has been removed. There is no computer programming requirement.

Further information can be found at regarding the campus requirements for applying.

To Apply to DANM

  1. Read the Admissions Requirements and Application Guidelines on this page.
  2. Read the FAQs at
  3. Read the Application Filing Instructions for graduate studies at UCSC.
  4. Submit an On-line Application at the Division of Graduate Studies web site.

Application Guidelines

Statement of purpose (limited to 500-1000 words):

Personal History (limited to 500 words)

Portfolio Requirements:

Useful Information

The Division of Graduate Studies has a very useful FAQ about applying to UCSC.
For transfering transcripts, the UCSC School Code is 4860.

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