The Department of Design Media Arts accepts first year and transfer applications for Fall quarter only. Each applicant must complete the University of California Application and the DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application, including a creative portfolio. The filing period for the University of California Application is November 1-30. The deadline for the Fall DMA Undergraduate Supplemental Application, including the portfolio, is January 20. 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 UC application opens August 1, and the regular filing period is November 1 - 30. 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 2, 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 20.
For general questions regarding the admissions process, please refer to the University of California Admission website or the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions website.
The Department of Design Media Arts emphasizes visual, audio, analytical theoretical, and technology mediated work in design and media arts. This is a two- to three-year program, which fully integrates computers and other digital technology into the curriculum. The majority of transfer students need three years to complete the program. This uniquely challenging curriculum invites students to balance their aesthetic sensibility with logical reasoning, formal theories with practical application, and contemporary thought with historical perspective.
Design Media Arts will consider sophomore transfers. For more information about admission criteria for sophomore transfers, please visit www.arts.ucla.edu/apply.
Admission is based on evidence of creative talent and academic achievement.
Admission to the Design Media Arts major is very competitive. The most important admission criteria is the supplemental application which requires a portfolio of creative work. While it may be beneficial to complete the courses listed below as recommended preparation, there is no guarantee they will transfer as exact UCLA equivalents. Substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.
Recommended (not required) preparation for the major: one course each in drawing, color theory, two-dimensional and three dimensional form, digital media computer design, programming for media arts, letter forms and typography, design culture, and interactivity and media arts, and two courses in design history.
Non-UCLA students may also take DMA preparation for the major courses here at UCLA during Summer Sessions: https://summer.ucla.edu/.
Change of Major
Spring 2022 Application Information
*** THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR UCLA UNDERGRADUATE PETITION FOR CHANGE OF MAJOR TO DESIGN MEDIA ARTS (email to DMA Advisor email@example.com) IS THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2021 ***
THOSE WHO DO NOT SUBMIT A PETITION BY THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THE DMA CHANGE OF MAJOR.
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 2022 for consideration of admission for the Spring Quarter 2022. The Supplemental Application will open January 2 by 5:00 pm. Supplemental Applications must be submitted online no later than January 20 at 11:59 pm. 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, but DESMA 8 and 10 are highly recommended.
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. Attending one of these sessions is mandatory.
Please click here to sign up for a MANDATORY info session:
Information sessions will be held online via Zoom in Pacific Time:
1) Friday, October 22, 2021: 12 - 1 pm
2) Monday, November 1, 2021: 5 - 6 pm
3) Thursday, November 18, 2021: 9 - 10 am
If you are unable to attend any of these dates, please email Helen Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org. THIS INFO SESSION IS MANDATORY TO ALL STUDENTS WHO WANT TO CHANGE THEIR MAJOR. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND THIS INFO SESSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE CHANGE OF MAJOR PROCESS.