As an engineering student at the University of Florida, I have a chosen a new career path whose birth symbolizes its core principles; technology, engineering, innovation and creativity. Digital Arts and Sciences engineering is a relatively new degree that requires students to complete all core engineering courses (all calculus courses, physics, chemistry, etc.) as well as develop a deep understanding of software engineering, coupled with other courses such as programming for computer graphics, animation, interactive modeling and animation, art history, operating systems and many more (a full description can be found here).
The dual nature of this career path demands students to be prepared to use “both hemispheres of the brain,” thus resulting in a new form of academic development offering the rare combination of strong technical skills, alongside creativity and intuition, as well as an understanding of multimedia development. Students become a hybrid of skills from two seemingly disparate worlds, but are they really that dissimilar? Most importantly, when combined they can live in perfect symbiosis and give you a new kind of innovative potential.
DAS gives its students a new place that did not exist before, one where innovation is not confined to a specific academic area. We seek to blur the lines, cross them, and re-bind them in ways that work – whether conventional or not. Many DAS students immerse themselves in areas like software engineering, HCI, UX, general design, gaming, fine arts, music computing and many, many more.
We DAS students realize that the DAS career itself is in its blooming stages, and that many are unfamiliar with what we do. I guess the title can be misleading, but we are solid engineers dedicated to new forms of creative and technological innovation.
Follow this link to read an article about DAS that was written by the head of the DAS department at the University of Florida. It is an interesting read giving some more insight into the program, enjoy!