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Curriculum
The DMA Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department's undergraduate curriculum. Each class is taught by one instructor and one program assistant; class size is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

During the two-week program, students explore a variety of media examining different practices and design methods applied to the domains of print, net, worlds, and video.

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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.
Print
Students develop a design process and critical visual vocabulary through experimentation and group critiques.
Students explore graphic design as image-making coupled with basic typography through a series of fun and fast-paced assignments and exercises.
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All projects encapsulate a yearly theme while addressing form, composition, hierarchy, and creativity.
Net
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.
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References to relevant artworks are provided, both in and outside the field of Net-based art.
Worlds
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.
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Students use Unity4D game engine to build and dismantle three-dimensional (3D) games.
Video
Video is a powerful medium capable of capturing, parsing, and imagining environments and stories.
In this course, student explore the technical and experimental approaches to cinematography, animation, and sound. Students learn the exciting properties of time-based media and ways to enable their creative potential.
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Students gain a basic understanding of video-making and the strategies to create unique perceptual events.

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

Faculty
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 our undergraduate and graduate programs.

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