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The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) accepts applications only once a year--for fall quarter admission. Applicants must complete and submit the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission, including the portfolio, by January 4th, 2021.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in order to apply. The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement is an average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), or its equivalent. The applicant's bachelor's degree need not be in media arts, though applicants with degrees in interdisciplinary programs that emphasize media arts are preferred. Applicants are expected to have working knowledge of a variety of software. Additional experience with video, interactive media, or 3D modeling and animation is expected.

Students are recommended for acceptance into the Department of Design Media Arts program based on a faculty evaluation of their portfolio, written statements, and official academic records from all higher-education institutions attended after high school.

Any applicant whose first language is not English is required to submit a minimum TOEFL score of at least 560 on the paper and pencil test or 87 on the internet-based (iBT) test. An IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0 is the minimum required. Applications are not considered complete without the test scores. Please be sure to list the TOEFL institution code for UCLA 4837 and department code 15. IELTS scores should be sent to the department and the Graduate Division. Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years, and that if several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.

Applicants who hold a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction OR have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS. For more information about UCLA's English language requirement, please visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/.

Transcripts from all educational institutions attended (beyond secondary school or community college) must be uploaded in the online application by January 9th. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted during the application process. Official transcripts and documents are only required AFTER you have been admitted. Applicants who are officially notified will be required to submit official transcripts to the following address:

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, Graduate Advisor
Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive, Suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456

All applicants are also required to provide two letters of recommendation with the application. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

A portfolio documenting no more than ten of the applicant's original works is required as a part of the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission.

Formal faculty review of graduate applicant portfolios takes place in February of each year. Applicant finalists should be available for an in-person or Skype interview as a part of the application process.

For questions, see the FAQ document or contact: dmainfo@arts.ucla.edu.

Financial Support

Various merit- and eligibility-based financial support is available to entering and continuing graduate students at UCLA. Entering DMA graduate students are offered financial assistance at the time of admission based on the strength of their application; continuing students are usually informed of their second-year financial support before the beginning of their second-year of study. The most common form of financial support is through teaching assistantships, which typically include fee remissions and health insurance.

More information on financial support, including extramural awards, is available through the UCLA Graduate Division.