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Design Innovation Summer Institute: Lighting & Sound

Express ideas creatively through light and sound

Program Overview

The Design Innovation Summer Institute -Lighting and Sound is a two-week, UC credit-bearing intensive for students interested in lighting and sound for theater. This program provides opportunities to work with our faculty in classes such as Introduction to Lighting Intensity, Form, and Direction, Electrics Programming, and Drafting for Theater.

Students will learn the technical components of breaking down a script and the art of collaboration while gaining hands-on experience in curating research, communicating ideas, and expressing creative intent. This program is designed for a student at any level who seeks the additional discipline and training required for participation in an educational theater setting and a career in the entertainment industry.

Participation in this institute is open to pre-college students.

*Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply and English language comprehension and proficiency are required for successful completion of this institute.

Program Details

On-Campus (Mandatory Housing)

Due to the intense nature of the Design Innovation Summer Institute-Lighting and Sound and the time commitment involved, living in on-campus housing is mandatory.

For more information on UCLA precollege institute housing, please see the Housing for Minors page.

Many of our precollege institutes with mandatory housing also feature non-curricular evening and weekend activities, the availability of which is at the sole discretion of the academic department offering the program and are not operated by UCLA Summer Sessions. To learn more about whether (and when) your selected program will host such activities, please consult the schedules for each program or contact the department in question directly:


June 23 – July 5, 2024

Students are engaged in activities and classes along with breaks throughout the day from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. There will be evening classes / workshops that occur where students will be required to be present.

Grades and Transcripts

Program participants will earn units of credit on a letter-grading basis and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. To request a transcript, please contact the UCLA Registrar’s Office.


Theater 72; 3 units


Admission to the program is by digital audition and instructor consent. Applicants who successfully submit all requirements will be reviewed and notified via email of an admission decision within 3 weeks.

Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Applicants are required to provide the following during the online registration process:

In 400 words, describe your passion for lighting or sound. How have you used your passion to tell a story?

In 400 words, what do you hope to gain from the Design Innovation Summer Institute -Lighting and Sound?

A resume (if you do not have a resume, submit a brief description of your theatrical and/or artistic experience). The resume can be uploaded as a word or pdf file during the application process.

Program Eligibility
  • 9th-12th grade
  • Ages 15-19
Grading Basis

Students will receive a letter grade upon completion. See University Credit, Grades and Transcripts for more information about academic credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UCLA Summer Sessions Summer Scholars Support

Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2023 in the state of California may be eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need- and merit-based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in SCIP/eSCIP, one Summer Course, or a Precollege Summer Institute.

Summer 2023 deadline to apply: March 15.

Important Dates and Deadlines

June 1, 2024

Application deadline

June 15, 2024

Enrollment Deadline


June 23 – July 5, 2024