FORM, UCLA DMA 22, Winter 2015

FORM / DMA 22 / Winter 2015
UCLA Department of Design Media Arts

Tyler Adams
Neil Mendoza, TA

T/TH 9:00 - 11:50 pm
Broad Art Center, 4240

Office hours Tyler Adams: T 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Broad Art Center, 4240
Office hours Neil Mendoza: TH 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Broad Art Center, 4240

Class Description

This class explores contemporary ideas of FORM as they relate to 2D/3D design environments and fabrication technologies and methodologies. Students learn to design objects in Illustrator and Autodesk Maya and translate these models into physical space. Topics include: modularity, scalability, folding, sectioning, contouring, forming, and printing. Each assignment will have a variety of deliverables that may include digital source files, physical objects, documentation of the design/fabrication process, and short text write-ups of the design process. All digital deliverables must be saved and placed in the drop folder on the due date before the class commences.

Class time will be used to discuss design concepts, learn software, design and fabricate objects, and critique student work.


It is recommended that you have your own xacto knife, ruler, pencil, and cutting mat. You will be building maquettes out of paper for several assignments.


The class is treated as a design studio - students are expected to engage and communicate in class. Students will be graded on their ability to conceptually and visually respond to assignments, integrate their ideas, attention to detail, research, and execution. The final grade will be determined according to the following breakdown:

Cellphone use is not permitted in class. No checking personal e-mails or social media (facebook, skype, etc) during class.

Class begins promptly at 9am. If you are late, you will receive a tardy. 3 tardies will turn reduce your final grade by one letter. Each unexcused absence will reduce your final grade by one letter. Absences may be excused if there is an emergency or serious illness but you must notify the instructor or TA for it to be excused and you are still responsible for completing the assignments.

If you feel frustrated or stuck, please communicate directly with the instructor or TA. It's ok to feel lost, we have been there too and we are here to help.

Production Costs

Since we are fabricating objects there are some associated costs that the student will be responsible for. This includes printing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. We will try to keep costs low by having small projects. The student should be aware of this at the outset of the course. If these fabrication costs present a financial hardship, please e-mail me to discuss and I will try to work something out with you on a case-by-case basis