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Sci | Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute

Combine the scientific method and artistic processes to imagine the impossible.

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Make connections between scientific research, popular culture, and contemporary arts

In the highly competitive Sci|Art Studio + Lab, students are immersed in science and art practices to simultaneously develop and sharpen analytical and creative skills. This program prepares students for interdisciplinary thinking before they begin their undergraduate education.

During this intensive two-week program, students make connections between cutting-edge scientific research, popular culture, and contemporary arts. Through historical retrospectives, surveys of current art-science collaborations, and science fiction movie screenings, students are exposed to the interface of science, art, and culture with a focus on multidisciplinary collaborations.

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.


Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


The program fee listed in the selection are for the In-Person version only. The following are the program fees for the Virtual version.

  • High School Student = $2,220
  • Incoming UCLA Student = $1,896
  • Incoming UC Student = $1,896

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

Program Fee $2,335
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Victoria Vesna


Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., founder and director of the SciArt Lab+Studio Summer Institute is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille (2011-2013). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations, she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers, and has given 100+ invited talks in the last decade.

She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press, and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.


Black and what portrait of Victoria Vesna. She is wearing a black long sleeve shirt and has long black hair.

Claudia Jacques

Adjunct Associate Professor

Claudia Jacques is a Brazilian-American artist, designer, educator, and researcher who serves as Associate Director for the program. She holds an MFA in Computer Art (School of Visual Arts, NY) and is currently an advanced PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK. Under Professors Roy Ascott and Søren Brier, Jacques is researching space-time aesthetics in the user-information-interface relationship through the lens of Cybersemiotics. Intersecting art, technology, and science, she designs interactive hybrid art and information environments that explore perceptions of space-time and the digital-physical. She exhibits and presents both nationally and internationally.

Jacques has published in Leonardo, TEKs, Art & Engine, etc., and serves as Art+Web Editor for Cybernetics and Human Knowing journal. Jacques also participated with three other scholars in a 2014-17 NEH Collaborative Research Project based at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has collaborated in various roles with UCLA’s ArtSci Center since 2011. Jacques is an adjunct associate professor at CUNY Bronx Community College and at SUNY Westchester Community College teaching studio, digital and communication arts.

Closeup photograph of Claudia Jacques.She has dark, green eyes and a bright smile.

James K. Gimzewski


James K. Gimzewski is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center at the University of California, Los Angeles serving as scientific director for the program. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he researched in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years. Jim pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

Gimzewski’s accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. His most recent honors include the 2009 Fellow of The Royal Society, 2009 Carnegie Centenary Professorship from the Universities of Scotland, and 2008 Dr. Honoris Causa, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. His achievements include over 250 publications in international journals, 400 invited talks and 20 patents.

Black and white photograph of James Gimzewski. He is wearing a dark shirt and wears glasses.

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg

Director Emeritus

Dr. Adam Z. Stieg served as Director for the Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute for over ten years and now as Director Emeritus serves as advisor for the program. As a scientist and educator at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), his work focuses on developing integrated approaches to study material systems at the interface of traditional boundaries. Through the implementation of original experimental techniques, this research seeks to bridge the gap between our current understanding of nanomaterials and their fundamental properties with how these systems tend toward complexity at increased scales of space and time.

Dr. Stieg’s research activities are augmented by active collaboration with artists and designers on various projects, installations, and public exhibitions that directly inform the scientific process and provide motivation to develop new educational content that conveys the need for creativity in innovation.

Photograph of Adam Steig. He is wearing a blue coat, light blue shirt and glasses.