Summer Sessions

Earn credit while expanding your creative potential

Are you looking forward to a productive summer? Do you need extra units to graduate on time? Have you always wanted to take a design or media arts class but did not have the time? Are you interested in combining your computer/technical skills with your artistic vision? 

Design Media Arts is offering 9 courses that will enrich your summer! * 

DMA SUMMER 2020: SESSION A:
June 22 – July 31 ( 6 weeks )

  • DESIGN CULTURE: INTRODUCTION DESMA 10 (Arts & Humanities GE!)
    Tuesday & Thursday  /  10:45 am – 12:50 pm

    Understanding design process, with emphasis on development of visual language; study of historic, scientific, technological, economic, and cultural factors influencing design in physical environment.

  • DRAWING AND COLOR  DESMA 21
    Tuesday & Thursday  /  1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

    For drawing, exploration of relationship between concept and image creation while fostering development of sound drawing and observation skills. For color, exploration of development of fundamental skills in mixing and applying pigments with brush on watercolor paper, as well as use of computer as tool for working with colors. Combination of painting and software to be predominant way of exploring and presenting ideas regarding color.

  • FORM DESMA 22
    Monday & Wednesday /  1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

    Interrelation of two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional forms with traditional and experimental materials as foundation for creativity; origination, and solution of problems.

  • MOTION  DESMA 24
    Monday & Wednesday  /  9:00 am  – 12:45 pm

    Introduction and integration of traditional design tools, camera, and digital technologies for application to visual thinking and fundamentals of design.

  • TYPOGRAPHY  DESMA 25
    Monday & Wednesday  /  1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

    Focus on three typographic basics: letter, text, and grid. Introduction to fundamentals of typography. Assignments designed to develop understanding of form, scale, and shape of letters as single elements and as texture in layout. Emphasis on grid (structure and layout) and information hierarchy to create successful typographic messages.

  • INTERACTIVITY  DESMA 28
    Tuesday & Thursday  /  1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

    Introduction to concept of interactivity and field of media art that follows history of computer as media for artistic exploration in relation to print, animation, and interactivity. Discussion of potential and ideas related to interactivity, with focus on required skills for creating interactive work. Development of programming skills in service of creating examples of media art. Concepts and skills taught enhance student ability to excel in future courses about Internet, animation, interactive media, and game design. Discussion and readings on four themes--form/programming, motion, interactivity/programming, and interface.

  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY  DESMA 160
    Tuesday & Thursday  /  9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Covers technical, theoretical, and conceptual aspects of image making. Study consists of hands-on workshops, lectures, readings, and creative assignments. Students become knowledgeable in camera settings, exposure, lighting, and post-production software. Open to both beginners and students who want to deepen their knowledge of medium. Students dive into history and contemporary state of photography, focusing on role of medium as image-saturated place where fact and fiction coexist.

  • NETWORK MEDIA  DESMA 161
    Monday & Wednesday  /  9:00 am – 12:45 pm

    Network Media explores the creative, technical, and critical tools to realize Internet-based projects. The course is focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the Internet as creative platform - where did it come from, how does it work, how do you make things for it, and what do you want to say? Technical workshops on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and design support the development of a series of studio projects utilizing a variety of network tools. These projects are framed by seminar-style discussions examining the cultural, social, political, and philosophical implications of the Internet. We’ll consider the roles of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and influence within an increasingly networked world, and strategies of response as artists and designers. A key goal of the course is to examine and challenge the structuring power relationships, inequities, and biases embedded within network tools, technologies, and media.

*All course offerings and schedules are subject to change pending enrollment numbers.

Register Now @ http://www.summer.ucla.edu/