UCLA Design | Media Arts


Recommended Equipment and Materials:

Pencils and/or Pens
Laptop + 3 button mouse + pad
Camera / cell phone with camera
Basic materials will be provided but you will likely need to supplement your projects with additional materials at your own cost.

Recommended Texts:

Greg Lynn: Folds, Bodies & Blobs Collected Essays

Recommended Listening:

How Does Dan Deacon Work?

Field Trip:

The field trip scheduled for May 2nd is mandatory. You will need to provide your own transportation so plan accordingly. Knowhow Shop is located in Highland Park at 6019 Echo St., Los Angeles, CA 90042.


Attendance is mandatory! Unexcused tardiness or absences will result in a drop in your final grade as follows:

- 2 unexcused absences = 2% drop in final grade
- 3 unexcused absences = 4% drop in final grade
- 4 unexcused absences = 8% drop in final grade

5 unexcused absences = 16% drop in final grade Etc...

‘Work Session’ days indicated on the schedule are for working on your projects and are therefore required. This will be the only time your class will have the shop to itself and the only time I will be in the shop working with you.

Absences must be excused with proper documentation such as a doctors note. Please email me 1 week in advance if you know you will need to miss class.

Grading Breakdown:

Project 1: 15%
Project 2: 20%
Project 3: 25%
Project 4: 30%
Assignments & Participation: 10%

A: 90-100, B: 80-90, C: 70-80, D: 60-70, F: 60 and below

You will be graded on participation, effort, concept, craftsmanship and timeliness.


(Direct from Fab Lab Safety Manual!)

- Proper shop clothing must be worn at all times, including long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sandals and flip flops are prohibited. (Heels are not advised either)
- No loose clothing may be worn, including ties, scarves, loose sleeves, and loose skirts.
- Remove loose jewelry before beginning work; including rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches.
- Long hair must be pulled back and secured and contained; long beards must also be contained.

Enrollment Cap

Due to shop safety policies, this course has a maximum capacity of 14 students. Students enrolled and present during the first session will have priority.

Disability services

UCLA strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on a disability, please let me know as soon as possible. It is necessary for you to register with the UCLA Center for Accessible Education so that we can establish reasonable accommodations. Please register here: http://www.cae.ucla.edu/. After registration, make arrangements with me to discuss how to implement these accommodations.

Statement on Title IX and Civil Liberties

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses, just as discrimination based on race / ethnicity are. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or assaulted, you may find the appropriate resources at the UCLA Title IX office here:

Also check out the UCLA Civil Rights Project for resources, tools, and research projects regarding racial / ethnic equity and securing civil liberties / educational opportunities for historically under-represented groups. Their website is here:

Comittment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students, TA, and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor or TA. (https://gitub.com/voidlab/diversity-statement