During the two-week program, students explore a variety of media examining different practices and
design methods applied to the domains of type, net, worlds, and video. 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 2021 will be “Lights and Shadows.” Each class is taught by one
instructor and one program assistant; class size is limited to a maximum of 20 students.
All four classes will relate to and influence each other, and they will contribute to the creation
of an integrated, final, multi-media project.
The DMA Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department's
curriculum. Instructors for the DMA Summer Institute are graduate students and alumni of the
MFA program Please
visit UCLA Department of
Design Media Arts for more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Materials & Supplies
– Laptop or desktop computer
– Minimum 8GB RAM
– 40GB free disk space
– Discrete graphics chip with minimum 2GB VRAM
– Screen resolution at least 1920x1080
– Smartphone with video capabilities
– iPad or second monitor (recommended)
– Headphones (recommended)
Students will need access to an Adobe Creative Cloud all apps license. UCLA will provide free
temporary access to the necessary CC product license(s) for students that do not already have an
existing subscription. All enrolled students will receive additional details closer to the start
date of the program.
Either a “Student” or “Personal” license for Unity is required, both are free for individual
learning use (more directions on downloading software will provided closer to the program).
For questions about the program, please contact Helen Tran, Assistant Director of DMA Summer