Design | Media Arts


Undergraduate Admission
Degree - B.A.

Step 1: Complete the UC Application

Students who wish to apply to the School of the Arts and Architecture (Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Dance, Design | Media Arts, Ethnomusicology, Music, and World Arts and Cultures) must complete the University of California's Application for Undergraduate Admission filed between November 1–30. Students may apply directly online from the University of California website.

Students who wish to be considered for majors in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, MUST select an SOAA major as their first choice major to UCLA in order to participate in the portfolio/audition review process.

Step 2: Departmental Supplemental Requirements

*DO NOT complete the supplemental requirements without first completing the UC application in Step 1.

After the UC application has been filed, applicants are required to submit a Department of Design | Media Arts supplemental application. Applicants for the Design | Media Arts major at UCLA will be emailed detailed instructions and a link in early January to the online supplemental application. The portfolio and supplemental application materials are due in mid-January (applicants will be notified of the exact date) and will include the following specific departmental requirements:


Statement of Interest and Goals

Unofficial Transcripts (in PDF format)

Portfolio: Showing/Thinking/Making

There are four distinct categories within the Showing/Thinking/Making section of the supplemental application. You are required to submit in all four categories.

These areas are an opportunity for you to show off your creativity. Surprise us! Delight us! Challenge us!


Showing/Thinking/Making Categories


In 140 characters or less, write about the color YELLOW. We recommend that you write your statement in a separate word processing program, then cut and paste it into the web application.


Submit a self portrait in the medium or media of your choice. The self portrait may be one still image, or a multimedia file (audio and/or video). The multimedia file is limited to 30 seconds.


Make one great project about the color YELLOW, in the media of your choice. Your documentation of this project should be one to three (1-3) still images and/or one (1) multimedia file. You may submit only still images, or only multimedia, or you may submit in both areas, but you are required to submit work in at least one area. The multimedia file is limited to 2 minutes.

Examples of project compilations:

- A. multimedia file

- B. 3 still images + multimedia

- C. 1 still images + multimedia

- D. 2 still images


In this category, you are required to submit ten (10) still images. You also have the option of submitting one (1) multimedia file. The multimedia file is limited to 3 minutes.


All supplemental material must be submitted through the online upload system; any physical material submitted to the department cannot be considered in the review process. A Design | Media Arts supplemental application worksheet is available for PDF download, which includes detailed instructions on submission as well as formatting guidelines:

UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts Supplemental Application Worksheet

Students are recommended for admission into the department based upon evidence of creative talent and academic achievement. A Department of Design | Media Arts faculty committee reviews all applications for the major. Successful candidates must also meet minimum eligibility requirements for the University of California.

Step 3: Official Notification

Freshman applicants are notified in March of their admission status; transfer applicants receive notification in April.

Admitted freshmen must notify the University of their plans to attend the School of the Arts and Architecture by no later than May 1; admitted transfer students must notify the University by June 1.

Graduate Admissions
Degree - M.F.A.

A complete outline of admissions and degree requirements are available on the Design | Media Arts website and accessible on the Graduate Division web page.

Applicants for admission to the Design |Media Arts M.F.A. program are expected to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The bachelor's degree need not be in Design | Media Arts; however, applicants with degrees in interdisciplinary programs that emphasize design and media arts are preferred. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 overall in undergraduate upper division work is required. Applicants are required to have working knowledge of graphics software. Additional experience in one of the following media is expected: video, interactive media, 3D modeling or animation.

For further reference and for detailed application guidelines, please visit the department website