The D|MA Summer Institute is designed for high school students who are interested in exploring their creative potential by using the most current software and working with trained and experienced instructors and professionals. Students not only develop pieces that can be submitted for applications to college but also earn two units of college credit for attending class. In a short time they will taste the excitement of being a part of a cutting edge department that will help motivate them during their last years of high school and prepare them for college life. At the end of class students will have the ability to create their own online portfolio that they can show to friends and family and use in high school and college arts admission applications. Students can also stay in the UCLA residence halls to fully experience campus life.

Although our workshops are designed to last a week, we recommend that students enroll in both weeks to gain as many skills as possible and incorporate work from other modules. All workshops meet every day with hands on instruction in the lab for two sessions per day, totaling in 32.5 hours of instruction. Class size is limited to 20 students. Each class has two highly skilled instructors from the Department of Design | Media Arts teaching college level skills.

Find up-to-date housing and cost information on the Summer Sessions site.


The program fee is $960 for the program and $410 for housing.


Students may attend the Design | Media Arts Summer Institute as either Day Students or as Residential Students. We strongly encourage families to consider enrolling their child in the residential plan. By lodging together, students have the opportunity to get to know their classmates and UCLA better, and will be able to spend more time working on their art, and just relaxing. Choosing the residential option will also help alleviate any safety and time concerns inherent in an urban commute. Residential students will be supervised by the UCLA staff throughout the duration of their stay. Residential students are schedule to be housed in Sproul Hall for this program.

The cost of housing is $410 per person (based on double occupancy) which includes 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) each day. There are a number of inexpensive eating establishments conveniently located around the UCLA campus where students can purchase their lunch each day.

Note: Students enrolling in consecutive sessions who want to stay on campus during the Saturday evening in-between the 2 sessions should contact Summer Sessions after registering for the program.

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The day will be divided into two sessions, one in the morning beginning at 9 am and one in the afternoon ending at 5 pm. Classes last for one week (five days) and will meet 6.5 hours each day.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Instruction in lab. Students will be introduced to the workshop content. In some courses students will work in groups or individually.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
Students must bring money for their lunch. There are a number of inexpensive campus eating establishments located close to the Broad Art Center and around UCLA campus.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Students work on developing their projects with the help of instructors. One-on-one instruction is the main focus during this time. Some days there will be visitors from the field or the department giving input and showing work that is of interest, such as games, videos and print examples.


For students living in residence halls, there are many possible nighttime activities, such as movies, swimming, exercise and games. All activities are in groups and supervised by program counselors.

Thursday Evenings

Extended lab hours are usually offered from 6 pm -9 pm.

There is an Open House from 3:00 to 4:00 in the classrooms and a General Reception from 4:00 to 5:00 in the EDA. 1250 Broad Art Center

The closing reception with awards ceremony will be held in the Broad Art Center each Friday. Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation for all groups.

Program Counselors:

Matt Miller
Dongyi Wu


INSTRUCTOR: Pete Hawkes and Diego Gomez

In DESMA 1 students will learn basic and advanced photography skills using a digital camera. Students will alter/manipulate photos using techniques from the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and create layouts utilizing Adobe InDesign. Students will produce a printed piece incorporating photographs and typography.

At the end of the course students will be able to produce a magazine. Students will have the opportunity to explore the UCLA campus to shoot photographs and will participate in a field trip to a printing production house.


This course is offered every week but space is limited to 20 students. Register now!

See the student gallery of Summer Institute 2009


INSTRUCTOR: Yoon Chung Han

In DESMA 2 students will learn how web design works by starting with basic hand coding and then moving on to creating a hypermedia project with Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash software. Students will scan in photographs and manipulate images in Adobe Photoshop to incorporate into their web designs. Class will review various commercial web sites and Net Art projects to analyze successful use of the web and understand the enormous potential of the Internet.


This course is offered every week but space is limited to 20 students. Register now!

See the student gallery of Summer Institute 2009


INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Cecil

In DESMA 3 students will be introduced to game design fundamentals by analyzing popular games, as well as learning the different steps required to develop a digital game. They will learn about storyboarding, character design and animation, as well as programming.

Students will create their games using Macromedia Flash and ActionScript. At the end of the class students will publish their game on the class website. Class may include a visit from a professional game developer or field trip.


This course is offered every week but space is limited to 20 students. Register now!

See the student gallery of Summer Institute 2009



In DESMA 4 students will create a short music video. Students will shoot and edit their own work and learn the fundamentals of pre- and post-production. Students will create a storyboard and utilize the latest digital video software (Adobe Premiere/Adobe After Effects) to compose their video and audio clip.

At the end of this course students will burn a DVD of their finished production. This course will include a visit from a professional video producer who will help guide students in creating their own videos.


This course is offered every week but space is limited to 20 students. Register now!

See the student gallery of Summer Institute 2009


Class will take place in the newly-renovated Broad Art Center, home of UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture. The Broad Art Center is located beside the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, in the northeast corner of the UCLA campus.

UCLA Design | Media Arts
Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Dr.
Suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456

Phone: +1 310 825 9007
Fax: +1 310 206 6676

Getting to UCLA
Find out more information about location and transportation from the Summer Sessions website.

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More questions regarding the D|MA Summer Institute?

For questions concerning curriculum, labs, and the D|MA Program contact:

Carolyn Ramirez-La Faso
D|MA Summer Institute Assistant Director

Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Dr.
Suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456

Phone: +1 310 267 4907

For questions concerning enrollment, housing, and fee payment contact:

UCLA Summer Sessions Office
1147 Murphy Hall
Box 951418
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418
Tel: +1 310 825 4101
Fax: +1 310 825 1528


Students driving to UCLA each day for the Design and Media Art Institute should plan to park in Lot 3, located at the northeast corner of campus off of Hilgard Avenue. From Sunset Boulevard, turn south onto Hilgard Avenue, and make a right onto Wyton Road. Proceed to the Parking Kiosk to purchase a daily permit for $10.00, and ask to be directed to Lot 3.


Graphic Design: Pete Hawkes & Diego Gomez
Web Design: Yoon Chung Han
Game Design: Jonathan Cecil
Audio Video Design: Eric Siu