LA Tech City Summer Institute: Urban Innovation and Design


The UCLA LA Tech City Summer Institute is open for registration through July 2 to qualified students.

This institute is an innovative combination of new technology, design, and spatial analysis realized through a hands-on engagement with the city, investigating the contributions of technology (the car, film, and the Internet) to the design and transformation of the global metropolis of Los Angeles.

Through active, project-based learning emphasized in studios, workshops, seminars, and field work, students will uncover how these technologies have also created social, economic, and cultural divisions within the city and how such problems can be addressed in order to imagine a more equitable and just city.

Creative forms of investigation and communication, from digital mapping and video-sensing to information visualization, introduce alternative understandings of our everyday urban life and provide students with a range of transferrable skills.

Students will develop an online digital portfolio that illustrates and documents their projects. The students’ experience will be augmented by guest lectures and opportunities to engage with LA’s start-up culture through visits to local companies and campus partners, including UCLA’s Summer Accelerator.



Registration is conveniently done online here starting February 15, 2017. Instructor review of applications will begin in March, and initial decision notices on admittance will be issued starting March 15. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If applicable, the document and IEI fees must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. For more information, please refer to FEES AND PAYMENT in the left column.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.

Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program

If you would like to switch into a different program or add additional programs, please contact our office at with your five-digit registration number, the students first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community.

Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes:

  • Academic honesty
  • Treatment of others
  • Health and safety
  • Use of resources
  • Use of alcohol and controlled substances

UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.


JULY 3 - JULY 28, 2017


FEBRUARY 15: Registration opens HERE

MAY 1: Payment deadline

JUNE 1: Refund deadline

JULY 3: Summer institute starts

JULY 28: Summer institute ends