Design Media Arts

Design Media Arts Summer Institute


Participants of the Design Media Arts Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Design Media Arts 5 – Introduction to Design | Media Arts (4 Units)

During the two-week program, students explore a variety of media examining different practices and design methods applied to the domains of type, net, worlds, and video. Broadly addressing a common theme, all four classes contribute to the creation of an integrated, multi-media exhibition at the end of the residency. Each class is taught by one instructor and one program assistant; class size is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

All four classes below will relate to and influence each other, and they will contribute to the creation of an integrated, final, multi-media project.


Students explore graphic design as image-making coupled with basic typography through a series of fun and fast-paced assignments and exercises. All projects encapsulate a yearly theme while addressing form, composition, hierarchy, and creativity. Students develop a design process and critical visual vocabulary through experimentation and group critiques.


This course focuses on the internet as a medium for creative expression and artistic intervention. Through examples and small exercises based on a given theme, students study the web in the tradition of art and activism. Using techniques like collage, appropriation, and strategies of artistic self-expression, students analyze these forms for their aesthetic and social potentials. References to relevant artworks are provided, both in and outside the field of Net-based art.


Electronic games offer an exciting mode of interactive storytelling. Virtual spaces and intangible systems can strike complex moods. In this course, students learn the basics of how games are developed and explore "Worldbuilding" as a form of visual narrative, playfulness, and immersive participatory experience. Students use Unity4D game engine to build and dismantle 3-Dimensional games.


Video is a powerful medium capable of capturing, parsing, and imagining environments and stories. In this course, students learn the exciting properties of time-based media and ways to enable their creative potential. Exploring the technical and experimental approaches to cinematography, animation, and sound, students gain a basic understanding of video-making and the strategies to create unique perceptual events.



  • Students will need access to an Adobe Creative Cloud all apps license. UCLA will provide free temporary access to the necessary CC product license(s) for students that do not already have an existing subscription. All enrolled students will receive additional details closer to the start date of the program
  • Either a “Student” or “Personal” license for Unity is required. Both are free for individual learning use.
  • Laptop or desktop computer (minimum 8GB RAM, 40GB free disk space, discrete graphics chip with minimum 2GB VRAM, screen resolution at least 1920x1080).
  • Webcam, microphone, internet, and a smartphone with video capabilities
  • Paper, glue, pencils, and magazines.
  • In addition to a laptop or computer, an iPad or second monitor is optional but strongly recommended.
  • Headphones are optional but recommended.

Faculty and Instructors


The DMA Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department's undergraduate curriculum. Instructors for the DMA Summer Institute are graduate students and alumni of the department's prestigious MFA program.

Please visit UCLA Department of Design Media Arts for more information about the DMA undergraduate and graduate programs.



Participants of the Design Media Arts Summer Institute will be awarded 4 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better)
NP Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.

Program Dates

JULY 12 - JULY 23, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 12-23: Design Media Arts Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.