UCLA Design Media Arts
Summer Institute 2020
Program Overview
The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is one of the nation’s top design departments offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in media creation, which fosters individual exploration and innovative thinking.
Geared specifically for high school students, the department offers the DMA Summer Institute, a two-week program with morning and afternoon classes introducing design practices in the contexts of print , net , worlds , and video . The program is taught by professionally trained and experienced instructors using the most current software and technology.
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The summer institute culminates in a final exhibition and the creation of a portfolio-ready body of work that students may include in their college applications in related fields. It also provides students with a rare opportunity to sample college life in a cutting-edge design department, while earning four units of pass/no pass UC credit.
The DMA Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department's undergraduate curriculum.

Broadly addressing a common theme, all four classes contribute to the creation of an integrated, multi-media exhibition at the end of the residency. The theme for 2020 will be Lights and Shadows. Each class is taught by one instructor and one program assistant; class size is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

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 our undergraduate and graduate programs.

During each class, students receive one-on-one instruction and work both individually and in groups to develop their own projects.

Two classes are offered each day: a morning class from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon class from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The two-week program includes a portfolio night and an extended lab night, culminating in a final exhibition of students' works and a closing reception.

Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, which includes a meal plan, is mandatory for all participants.

Participants will be housed in one of the UCLA residence halls, comfortably furnished and conveniently located within easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, and recreational facilities.

Participants will have breakfast and dinner each day in the UCLA dining halls, recognized nationally for their excellent cuisine.

Fees & Scholarships

Students interested in the DMA Summer Institute may consider applying for the Summer Scholars Support and/or the Design Media Arts Scholarship.

Program fees can be found here.

Registeration for Summer 2020 will open here on February 15 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions about the program, please contact Helen Tran, Assistant Director of DMA Summer Institute, at dmainfo@arts.ucla.edu.