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Design Media Arts Summer Institute

Create a portfolio-ready body of work in a cutting-edge design department

Overhead view of seven students working at a large table covered with colored paper, notebooks, rulers and other art supplies

Apply design practices and your own innovative thinking to multimedia projects

As of 4/12/2023, The UCLA Design Media Arts Summer Institute is closed to new applicants. Students interested in applying for a 2023 summer institute in art are encouraged to apply to the virtual versions of the UCLA Art Summer Institute program. 

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 graphic design (Print), net art (Net), immersive 3D worldbuilding (Worlds), and motion design (Motion). 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.

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Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

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Registration Fee
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students)
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* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet Your Instructors

The DMA Summer Institute curriculum is based on materials covered in the department’s undergraduate curriculum. Instructors for the DMA Summer Institute are graduate students and alumni of the department’s prestigious MFA program.

Please visit UCLA Department of Design Media Arts for more information about the DMA undergraduate and graduate programs.