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Design Media Arts Summer Course Offerings

June 24 - August 2

June 24, 2013, 9:00 am   » 

DMA SUMMER 2013
SESSION A: June 24 – August 2 (Six Weeks)


Art, Science, and Technology 9 ONLINE COURSE

Explore the cultural impact of scientific and artistic innovations, technology-driven art inspired by science and art/science collaborations.

This general education online course satisfies visual and performance arts analysis and practice requirements. The course explores how technologies such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are driving new forms of art and science. The goal of this course is to inspire students to think outside of the box, explore divergent and convergent thought and seek out knowledge and inspiration from many different disciplines as well as encourage collaboration with peers. The intent is to show the similarities in science and art by understanding how scientists describe discovery in similar terms as artists at their moments of creative breakthroughs. Fundamentally, both scientist and artist grapple with identical questions of the nature of reality.

This general education course satisfies visual and performance arts analysis and practice requirements for non-DMA students. The course explores how technologies such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are driving new forms of art and science and explores the many similarities and overlaps between the arts and sciences. The goal is to inspire students to think outside of the box, explore divergent and convergent thought and seek out knowledge and inspiration from many different disciplines.

Design & Culture 10 Tuesday - Thursday 10:45 am – 12: 50 pm
Explore the historical, cultural, and pragmatic aspects of design from the industrial revolution to the present day.

This course will introduce you to the fundamental vocabulary of the discipline of design and its creative process. We will examine the intersections and reciprocal influences of the different disciplines of design and their relationship with art, industry, architecture, technology, and pop culture. We will discuss how cultural, historical and socio-economic factors play a key role in the evolution of design languages.

Color 21 Monday - Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Explore the fundamentals of color theory and its application in design and the media arts.
This class explores key concepts in color theory, design software, and studio practice. Students will learn to work with color in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and will gain a foundational understanding of the science and psychology of color—exploring ideas from Newton, Goethe, Munsell, and Albers, as well as contemporary artists.

Form 22 Tuesday - Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Explore the fundamentals of 3D form and its application in design and media arts.
This class explores key concepts of form, 3D modeling software, and studio practice. Students will learn to design objects in Autodesk Maya and translate these models into physical space. Topics include: repetition, tessellation, modularity, material identity, reconfigurable surfaces, scalability, serial production, and rapid prototyping.


Motion 24 Monday - Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:50 am

Explore the fundamentals of motion and its application to design and media arts.

Students will be introduced to basic concepts and tools related to the design of moving images. You will explore principles and aesthetics of moving imagery including timing, pacing, repetition, editing, composition, resolution, process, and the link between sound and image. Emphasis will be placed on developing a coherent spoken and visual vocabulary and its integration with artistic concepts. Software used during this course includes Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Typography 25 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am – 11:50 am

Learn the fundamentals of typography and create your own compelling typographic expression.

The discipline and practice of typography is an interrelated exploration of language, ideas, communication and form. This course is an introduction to type and typography – the art of setting and arranging type. We will examine aspects of typographic practice including the letterform, words, and text and their relation to images, in the context of the book. We will explore how the manipulation of form in deliberate ways affects aesthetics, legibility and meaning. This course will include several InDesign practicals. By the end of the course, you should have gained a proficiency using the software and a basic knowledge about working with typography.

Interactivity 28 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am – 11:50 am

This course will introduce you to computer programming within the context of the arts.

How has software affected the visual arts? What is the potential of software within the visual arts? As a designer or artist, why would I want (or need) to write software? This course attempts to answer these questions and provide a comprehensive introduction to the potential of software development within a broad range of the arts. Software influences all aspects of contemporary visual culture. Many established artists, architects and designers have integrated software into their process. The creators of every innovative video game and Hollywood animated film write custom software to enhance their work.

The concepts and skills taught in this course set a foundation for future courses and exploration not only in Design Media Arts but in any artistic discipline. Learning to program and to engage the computer more directly with code opens the possibility to create not only tools, but systems, environments, and new modes of expression. It is here that the computer ceases to be a tool and becomes a medium.

Graphic Design: Word + Image 154 Monday - Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:50 am

Learn how to use type and imagery to express complex communications in print and digital media, bringing a story to life.

This course will focus on the relationship of type to content, image, and materials. You will be exposed to and acquire a knowledge of and sensitivity to typography in the context of complex communication problems in print and digital media. You will engage in research, concept and content development, and the articulation and implementation of a methodology for visualization.

Visualizing Data 160 Tuesday - Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Learn the fundamentals of data visualization and develop skills to create your own dynamic info-graphics.

Infographics is a rapidly evolving field, one which requires a new generation of data wranglers - those possessing visual design skills alongside an affinity for databases. This course will teach you to create dynamic, data-driven info-graphics that are easy to comprehend. You will gather data, parse it, perform queries, find patterns, and elegantly display the results. You will mold datasets of your own choosing into attractive and informative visualizations. This course will expose you to a range of emerging internet technologies, giving you practical knowledge applicable to a wide range of data-driven mobile and web projects. You will learn PHP string parsing and AJAX basics, and use a MySQL database as you translate your data manipulations into compelling visualizations - either web-based, or static.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship 160 Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am – 11:50 am

Learn how to start your own design business and become a successful self-starter.

This course will provide students with a set of hands-on, radical, approaches to Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Design of Business. We will introduce historical as well as new and emerging perspectives on the field of entrepreneurship, in order to provide a basis for students to invent their own. You will engage with a series of experimental models for generating innovative business that will give you practical skills to become a successful entrepreneur. The class will culminate in a final project in which each student will write a business plan and develop a prototype to illustrate how their venture might play out.

Digital Photography 160 Monday – Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Explore your creative potential through digital photography.

This course will introduce you to digital photography as an artistic and design practice. You will
engage and create photographic works with an emphasis on the conceptual, ideological and political
dimensions of the medium. You will learn the technical aspects of digital photography, including preproduction,
studio and field production, lighting, and post-production software.


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UCLA Design Media Arts  (Map)
240 Charles E. Young Drive, suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456
Parking is $12 all day, and is available in structure 3, adjacent to the building. For more information, call 1.310.825.9007