UCLA Design Media Arts
Summer Institute 2021


The program will be held remotely on Pacific Time. Students enrolling in the program from different time zones must take this into consideration. Students are expected to attend class sessions according to the schedule.

First Day

Students are introduced to the program faculty and staff. The orientation will include group activities and instructor lectures. Staff will ensure each student has every software and asset installed properly.

Daily Schedule

Each day is divided into two sessions: a morning lesson from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and an afternoon lesson from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM. During each class, students receive instruction, support, and work individually and in groups to develop their own projects.

Portfolio Night

Portfolio Night will be held on Thursday, July 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Program assistants, who are current or recent DMA undergraduate students, will hold a portfolio night to exhibit their work. This is a great opportunity for Summer Institute students to engage in conversations about creating a portfolio-ready body of work to include in college applications. Students may bring their own portfolios and are encouraged to ask for feedback from program assistants. A representative from UCLA’s School of the Arts & Architecture will then give a short presentation on applying to Arts programs at UCLA.

Final Exhibition & Closing Reception

The two-week program culminates in a final, virtual exhibition of students' works and a closing reception. This event is held 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the program, Friday, July 23. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Grades & Transcripts

DMA Summer Institute students earn four quarter units of UC credit on a pass/no pass grading basis. Transcripts can be ordered online through MyUCLA; they are not automatically sent to students. More information on grading policies and transcripts can be found on the UCLA Summer Sessions Website.


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