Undergraduate Admissions

The Department of Design Media Arts only accepts freshman and transfer applications for the fall quarter of each academic year. Each applicant must complete the University of California Application and the DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application, including a creative portfolio. The filing period for the Fall 2015 University of California Application is November 1-30, 2014. The deadline for the Fall 2015 DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application, including the portfolio, is January 16, 2015. Acceptance is based on evidence of creative talent and academic achievement.

Who can apply?

+ High school graduates
+ Students transferring from California community colleges or other accredited universities

How do I apply?

You must complete the University of California Application. The University of California uses a single online application for all nine undergraduate campuses. The system generally becomes available in late September of each year. Please note that only applicants who indicate Design Media Arts as their first choice major on the general application are considered for admission to the Design Media Arts major at UCLA.

All applicants for the Design Media Arts major must also complete the DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application. (The DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application Worksheet, which includes detailed information about the portfolio requirements, can be downloaded from the PDF download menu on the right.)
**Supplemental application is only available after submitting the general UC application with DMA selected as the major.

Beginning January 5, 2015, applicants to the UCLA Design Media Arts major who submitted the UC Application during the November filing period will be emailed detailed instructions about, and a link to, the online DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application must then be completed and submitted online no later than January 16, 2015.

For general questions regarding the admissions process, please refer to the University of California Admissions website or the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions website.

Transfer Students

The Department of Design Media Arts application review process for transfer students is as follows:

+ Primary consideration for admission will be given to the applicant's portfolio.
+ Overall academic and personal accomplishments will be considered secondary to the creative portfolio.

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to complete the following design fundamentals equivalent courses at their initial institution prior to application:

+ Color Theory
+ Drawing
+ 2-D, 3-D Form
+ Design History
+ Typography

Once a student is admitted, the department will evaluate which of the relevant courses taken from the previous institution(s) may be applied towards the major.

Non-UCLA students may also take DMA preparation for the major courses here at UCLA during Summer Sessions: http://classes.design.ucla.edu/summersessions/.

Transfer applicants from California community colleges must ensure their courses are transferable to the University of California system. Students should use the online ASSIST resource to determine whether their courses meet UC transfer requirements. ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.

UCLA only admits transfer students from four-year institutions who are applying at the junior level (minimum 60/90 semester/quarter units; maximum 90/130 semester/quarter units). Prospective transfer students do not have the option of disregarding any previous transferable coursework. Thus, a senior at a four-year institution is not likely to be admitted.

Change of Major

*** THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR UCLA UNDERGRADUATE PETITION FOR CHANGE OF MAJOR TO DESIGN MEDIA ARTS (TO 2275 Broad Art Center) IS 4:00 P.M., FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014 ***

THOSE WHO DO NOT SUBMIT A PETITION BY THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THE CHANGE OF MAJOR FOR DMA.

Change of major applications will be considered only for current UCLA students who have successfully completed at least one quarter at UCLA and are in good academic standing. The number of accepted applicants is based on the current total enrollment of undergraduates in the department. If there is no additional enrollment space for a specific year, change of major applications will not be considered. The next application date will be in Winter Quarter 2015 for consideration of admission for the Spring Quarter 2015. Applications must be submitted online no later than January 16, 2015. Students may not apply for admission to Design Media Arts more than two times during their residency at UCLA. Previous coursework in Design Media Arts does not guarantee admission.

The Department prefers that students have fewer than 90 units at the time of application to ensure a normal degree completion time. Students with more than 121 units (excluding AP and Design Media Arts courses) will not be considered. The portfolio is considered most heavily in the admission process and will be reviewed by the senate faculty of the Department.

More information on the change of major process and the portfolio requirements may be downloaded from the PDF download menu on the right side of this page. On Friday, November 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., the undergraduate advisor for Design Media Arts, Esther Blair, will be holding an info session for prospective change of major students in 2275 Broad Art Center. Please email esther.blair@arts.ucla.edu to RSVP for this event. It is highly recommended that all prospective change of major applicants attend the info session.