Sci | Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute

SCI|ART LAB + STUDIO SUMMER INSTITUTE

Program Start: Monday, July 27, 2020
Program End: Friday, August 7, 2020

UCLA Course Credit: DESMA 6 (4 units)

Important Note: UCLA has decided to transition all Precollege Summer Institutes to remote learning only. For more information, visit our Updates and Alerts page.


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Welcome!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

“The further art advances the closer it approaches science, the further science advances the closer it approaches art.” ― Buckminster Fuller.

Sci|Art Lab + Studio was established in 2007 with the goal to immerse high school students in both sciences and the arts -- bridging two cultures and building the future “third culture”. From the very beginning this program has inserted Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- we believe that STEAM is a much more exciting way to encourage creative thinking leading to innovation. The course is 4 undergraduate UC credits that are transferable and useful when students later apply to Universities.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein.

We ask students to IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE! to address challenges from a more holistic view and conceive of new ways of dealing with complexity in order to facilitate applications for innovation and creation in our contemporary society.

Sponsored by UCLA's Art|Sci Center, the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) this program brings together world renowned scientists, artists, professionals and instructors to provide a nourishing, yet challenging environment. The program is led and designed by Professor Victoria Vesna (Design Media Arts) and Professor James Gimzewski (Distinguished Professor, Chemistry) along with the Art Sci collective -- a dedicated group of experienced instructors who have been teaching in the program for years.

Our top priority is the health and safety during COVID-19, so we have decided to offer our program remotely in two sessions for 2020, July 27-August 7, and second date TBD. We are very excited about this opportunity as it falls in line with our mission and skills as a collection of artists, scientists, and creative technologists! Our programming will continue to offer rigorous workshops and lectures in science, art and technology and our curriculum will remain consistent with engaging and exciting workshops, lectures and discussions presented online. We will use platforms such as Zoom, Slack and Open Broadcast Software to present and archive the course material.

Course material will cover historical retrospective, surveys of current art and science collaborations, biohacking and at-home labs, bio art and design, VR (virtual reality) and AR Augmented Reality), coding, processing and digital animation. Every day, live instruction, tutoring and group work will be in the exciting program and students will get assignments off screen too so not to be in front of the computer for too long.

Lab and museum visits and other supplementary material will be held virtually. Through this diverse material, students will be exposed to the interface of science and art culture with a focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations. In order to maintain intimate learning, students will be placed in groups with instructors and receive close attention allowing for connection and participation with one another. Students will work on a collaborative final project for the course and these presentations will be live streamed, following a graduation ceremony at the end of the course.


Registration

Program Eligibility

To apply for the Sci|Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • 14 years of age or older prior to June 22, 2020
  • Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2020

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.

Application Requirements

The Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute is by instructor consent only. To participate, you must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • One 500-word essay, you can pick from one of the following prompts:

    • Choose a favorite sci-fi movie or book and tell us what ideas you find exciting
    • If you plan to pursue the sciences as a major in college, tell us about your art or music interests
    • If you plan to pursue the arts as a major in college, tell us about your interest in science and technology
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor (optional). Letters of recommendation can be submitted via email to sciart@cnsi.ucla.edu after registration is complete.

Applications are reviewed every two weeks and students will be notified by email of an acceptance decision.

NOTE: Students should compose the essay before beginning the online registration process. There will be text fields on the online registration form of which the response text can be copied.

How to Apply

Application for the Sci|Art Lab + Studio can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your essay response (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” if you wish to upload a letter of recommendation (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  6. Allow up to 2 weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable deposit ($150 for domestic students, $400 for international students) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

How to Make Registration Changes

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

How to Make Registration Changes

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Dates

JULY 27 - AUGUST 7, 2020

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

JUNE 5: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JULY 27 - AUGUST 7: Sci|Art Lab + Studio

UCLA Summer Sessions Transitions to Remote Instruction. Learn More.