UCLA Design | Media Arts


Recommended Equipment

sketchbook (I recommend gridded / graphing)
Pencils / pens !
Laptop + 3 button mouse + pad
Camera / cell phone with camera
Scissors, exacto knife, tape, mini measuring tape
Supplies for each project (find / purchase your own or purchase limited materials / quantities in house)

Enrollment Cap

This course is held in the fabrication lab. The safety policies regarding the number of students able to work in the shop at one time exist for good reason, and so this class has a strict cap of 14 students. There is no flexibility. Students who are enrolled and present during the first class will have priority for enrollment. If you do not get in to this class this quarter, please try again next quarter.


(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.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be present and on time to class every day. Absences should be excused by a doctor’s note, comparable documentation, or an email from me a week in advance in which I say you are excused for a valid reason. Your 2nd unexcused absence will result in a 2% drop in your final grade, your 3rd, a 4% drop, your 4th, an 8% drop, your 5th, 16%, etc. If you are over 30 minutes late it will count as an absence unless you are excused.

Please note: All “work days” on the syllabus are for working on projects and you are required to be in class. This is not an opportunity to work at home. This is the only time your class and only your class will have individual shop time. The lab / shop is open and there for you to use — so be ready to work!

Grade Breakdown:

This can only work negatively for your grade as described in the attendance policy.

Participation - 15%
Verbal, critical, and informed participation in class. Productive use of lab hours, work time, and attendance could also effect this grade.

Assignments (10) - 15%
Completed on time, assignments will be graded on concept, execution, and effort.
Each assignment will be graded out of 5 points.

Projects (3) - 70%
Completed on time, projects will be graded on concept, execution, and effort.
Project I - Due Jan 30 - 20%
Project II - Due Feb 20 - 20%
Project III - Due March 15 - 30%

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

Projects and assignments may be turned in up to four days late with a 10% deduction. Projects and assignments handed in any later cannot be accepted, as this course is so short and will move quickly! You may re-do any project or assignment you have already handed in on time for a chance for another grade. You may do this at any time and I will re-grade the work with a 5% deduction.

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.  

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