Program Overview

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is one of the nation's top design departments offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in media creation, which fosters individual exploration and innovative thinking. Geared specifically for high school students, the department offers the DMA Summer Institute, a two-week program with morning and afternoon classes introducing design practices in the contexts of print, net, worlds, and video. The program is taught by professionally trained and well-experienced instructors using the most current software and technology. It culminates in a final exhibition and the creation of a portfolio-ready body of work that students may include in their college applications in related fields. It also provides students with a rare opportunity to sample college life in a cutting-edge design department, while earning four units of pass/no pass UC credit.


During the two-week program, students explore a variety of media examining different practices and design methods applied to the domains of print, 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 2022 will be Time. 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, multimedia project.



This course focuses on the internet as a medium for creative expression and artistic intervention. Through examples and small exercises based on a given theme, students study the web in the tradition of art and activism. Using techniques like collage, appropriation, and strategies of artistic self-expression, students analyze these forms for their aesthetic and social potentials. References to relevant artworks are provided, both in and outside the field of Net art.



Electronic games offer an exciting mode of interactive storytelling. Virtual spaces and intangible systems can strike complex moods. In this course, students learn the basics of how games are developed and explore "Worldbuilding" as a form of visual narrative, playfield, and immersive participatory experience. Students use Unity4D game engine to build and dismantle 3-Dimensional games.



Video is a powerful medium capable of capturing, parsing, and imagining environments and stories. In this course, students learn the exciting properties of time-based media and ways to enable their creative potential. Exploring the technical and experimental approaches to cinematography, animation, and sound, students gain a basic understanding of video-making and the strategies to create unique perceptual events.




For participants of the Design Media Arts Summer Institute, living in on-campus housing is mandatory. The total cost for housing, which includes room, board (two meals per day), student supervision, and evening and weekend activities, can be found on the this page.

For more information on UCLA housing precollege programs, please see the Housing for Minors page.

Fees and Scholarships

Please visit the Summer Sessions website to find details about program fees and payment.

Students interested in the DMA Summer Institute can consider applying for the following two scholarship opportunities. To be considered for both scholarships, students must submit materials to each program.


For questions about the program, please contact Helen Tran, Assistant Director of DMA Summer Institute, at dmainfo@arts.ucla.edu.