Design Media Arts (DMA) winter 2018 events
University of California, Los Angeles
Above: Eric Fanghanel, iiiii, 2017. Custom software, VR headset and gaming PC.
Above: Eric Fanghanel, iiiii, 2017. Custom software, VR headset and gaming PC.

Application deadline: January 15, 2018

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA cultivates a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to artistic practice that focuses experimentation and innovative thinking. We synthesize practice, history, and theory and hybridize technologies, discourses, and audiences.

DMA is home to the UCLA Game Lab, an experimental research and development lab that fosters the production of computer games and game-related research; the Art|Sci Center, dedicated to pursuing and promoting the evolving “Third Culture” by facilitating collaborations between (media) arts and (bio/nano) sciences; the CounterForce Lab a research and fieldwork studio executing projects around the impacts of anthropogenic climate change; and the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio, a research group focused on software's impact on art, politics, and everyday life. The department also boasts strong ties to the UCLA Digital Humanities program which aims to interpret the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies and apply these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions.

Design Media Arts (DMA) lecture series 2017–2018

Helen Molesworth
January 23, 2018 at 6pm

Toshio Iwai, Regents’ Lecturer
February 6, 2018 at 6pm

Ian Cheng
April 10, 2018 at 6pm

Ina Conradi Chavez, co-sponsored by the UCLA Art|Sci Center
May 22, 2018 at 6pm

First year MFA solo exhibitions
Sara Drake: February 6, 2018
Isabelle Chen: February 10, 2018
Julian Stein: February 20, 2018
Paul Esposito: February 27, 2018
Hye Min Cho: March 6, 2018
Sam Congdon: March 13, 2018
Kit Kirby: April 10, 2018
Carlos Garcia: April 17, 2018
Phaz: April 24, 2018
Maru: May 1, 2018
Lena Weissbrot: May 8, 2018

Now accepting applications for MFA in Media Arts
The MFA Program in Media Arts offers a rigorous environment for the sustained exploration of contemporary arts practice in the context of media and technology. Through technical and critical seminars, group critiques, and individual meetings with faculty, each student is challenged to question conventional ideas about art, technology, and new media while developing a critical awareness about his or her own work. During the first year, students focus on creating work for a solo-exhibition. The second year begins with a pre-MFA exhibition in UCLA’s New Wight gallery, and culminates in an MFA exhibition and written thesis document. Students are encouraged to take courses in other departments and programs and take full advantage of the resources UCLA provides as a leading research university.

The department’s world-renowned faculty includes Rebecca Allen, Johanna Drucker, Isla Hansen, Erkki Huhtamo, Willem Henri Lucas, Peter Lunenfeld, Lauren McCarthy, Chandler McWilliams, Rebeca Méndez, Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Ramesh Srinivasan, Jennifer Steinkamp, Eddo Stern, and Victoria Vesna.

Artists from diverse backgrounds in visual and performing arts, architecture, science, and engineering are encouraged to apply.

The fall 2018 application deadline for the MFA in Media Arts is January 15, 2018. Application and additional information available at


December 18, 2017


UCLA, Los Angeles