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Apply design practices and your own innovative thinking to multimedia projects

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 2D Image, Net, immersive 3D Worldbuilding, and Motion Design. Two versions of the institute are offered: an in-person, residential experience and a virtual/online program. These programs are identical in curriculum design, lesson objectives, and hands-on faculty guidance and support. 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. The program fee also includes the cost of UCLA Housing (for mandatory housing programs). 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.

The program fees listed in the selection are for the Mandatory Housing version only. The following are the program fees for the Virtual version.

  • High School Student = $2,452
  • Incoming UCLA Student = $2,028
  • Incoming UC Student = $2,028

All other fees listed will remain the same for the Virtual version.

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

Meet Your Instructors

Yuehao Jiang

Program Director

Yuehao Jiang is an interdisciplinary artist who creates surreal digital bodies and landscapes. Her immersive installations combine new media such as 3D animation and video projection with sculpture and painting. Jiang’s work is exhibited internationally, with recent shows at Hubei Museum of Art (Wuhan), New Art City, Guardian Art Center (Beijing), K Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Ars Electronica (Linz), and the Jinji Lake Art Museum (Suzhou). She holds a MFA in Design Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has held teaching appointments at UCLA Design Media Arts and Parsons School of Design.

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.