Design | Media Arts B.A.
School of the Arts and Architecture
About the Major
With an outstanding faculty engaged in both research and creative work, the UCLA Department of Design| Media Arts offers an undergraduate program which focuses on visual communication design with an emphasis on digital media. This uniquely challenging program invites students to balance aesthetic sensibility with logical reasoning, formal theories with practical application, and contemporary thought with historical perspective.
The program begins with the study of basic design elements and processes: form, color, drawing, letterforms and typography, visual technologies, and the introduction of interactivity and media arts. Historical perspectives and social issues are also introduced. At the upper division level, studio courses explore current uses of interactive media, new directions in visual communication design, including the study of time and motion, as well as virtual form and space in computer generated environments.
Through a balance of courses in theory, criticism, and practice, students develop an understanding of design principles. Most courses are taught as studios of no more than twenty students, which encourages individual growth and fosters a sense of community within the department.
Design | Media Arts Department
Broad Art Center, Room 2275
School of the Arts and Architecture
Broad Art Center, Room 2200
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Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA
Making the Right Decision
One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.
Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.
To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.
Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.
In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).
When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.