Sci | Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute



Participants of the Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Design Media Arts 6 – Art/Science and Technology Studio/Laboratory (4 units)

The Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute offers a cutting-edge, 4-credit lab/studio course designed specifically to expose High School students to the scientific method and artistic processes as complementary tools for rethinking traditional models of exploration and innovation by making connections between scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts.

Course material will include virtual lab visits, remote workshops facilitating hands-on experiments, and recorded lectures with world renowned artists and scientists. Through virtual engagement students will be exposed to the work of scientists and artists that explore new forms of creative expression, communication and collaboration within this multi-disciplinary field. In the face of COVID-19, SciArt Lab + Studio is leaning into the potentials of virtual and remote learning as means for further creative innovation and environmental sustainability.

To foster academic development, students will develop an original concept for a collaborative final project under the challenge of ‘Imagine the Impossible’. Building off of course material and guided by the assistance and skill of the base SciArt Team, student groups will create and deliver a multimedia presentation to share their work and ideas during the program’s live streamed closing ceremony.


Please view the 2020 program schedule prior to arrival. If you have questions about the syllabus or schedule, please contact

NOTE: This program will be completed entirely online. All listed course meeting times provided in the schedule are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). If completing the program in a different time zone, please make sure to account for the time difference.

Faculty and Instructors

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D.

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., founder and director of the SciArt Lab+Studio Summer Institute is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille (2011-2013). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume - Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.

Claudia Jacques

Claudia Jacques is a Brazilian-American artist, designer, educator and researcher, who serves as Associate Director for the program. She holds an MFA in Computer Art (School of Visual Arts, NY) and is currently an advanced PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK. Under Professors Roy Ascott and Søren Brier, she is researching space-time aesthetics in the user-information-interface relationship through the lens of Cybersemiotics. Intersecting art, technology and science, she designs interactive hybrid art and information environments that explore perceptions of space-time and the digital-physical. She exhibits and presents both nationally and internationally. She has published in Leonardo, TEKs, Art & Engine, etc., and serves as Art+Web Editor for Cybernetics and Human Knowing journal. Jacques also participated with three other scholars in a 2014-17 NEH Collaborative Research Project based at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has collaborated in various roles with UCLA’s ArtSci Center since 2011. Jacques is an adjunct associate professor at CUNY Bronx Community College and at SUNY Westchester Community College teaching studio, digital and communication arts.

James K. Gimzewski

James K. Gimzewski is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center at the University of California, Los Angeles serving as scientific director for the program. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years. Jim pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. His most recent honors includes the 2009 Fellow of The Royal Society, 2009 Carnegie Centenary Professorship from the Universities of Scotland, and 2008 Dr. Honoris Causa, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. His achievements include over 250 publications in international journals, 400 invited talks and 20 patents.

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg served as Director for the Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute for over ten years and now as Director Emeritus serves as advisor for the program. As a scientist and educator at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), his work focuses on developing integrated approaches to study material systems at the interface of traditional boundaries. Through the implementation of original experimental techniques, this research seeks to bridge the gap between our current understanding of nanomaterials and their fundamental properties with how these systems tend toward complexity at increased scales of space and time. Dr. Stieg's research activities are augmented by active collaboration with artists and designers on various projects, installations, and public exhibitions that directly inform the scientific process and provide motivation to develop new educational content that conveys the need for creativity in innovation.



Participants of the Sci|Art Lab+Studio 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.

Transferring Credit

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 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

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