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UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Part-time Lecturer for Game Design

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The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is looking to hire a part-time lecturer to teach Game Design in Spring 2017.

Course description for DESMA 157: Game Design

This course provides a foundation in game design. The coursework develops the concepts that are unique to game design and production. Both non-digital and digital game creation skills are developed. Throughout the course students will produce several playable games and each project will explore various aspects of game design including user interface; basic game programming; game asset creation; rule design; game balance; multiplayer dynamics; complexity; randomness; polemics; narrative; adaptation; and the aesthetic and pragmatic aspects of physical and digital game design. The course will cover game design concepts through reading and written assignments, class lectures, discussions, play-testing sessions, and game design and production projects.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This game design course may be taught with different approaches to the medium of game-making, keeping a balance between teaching game design concepts and practical game development skills; the class could focus solely on digital game making (computer games) or non-digital making (tabletop games), but ideally the course will introduce students to both approaches.

Examples of DESMA 157 Game Design class pages that integrate both tabletop and digital game development and design:

Course Duration: April 4 – June 9, 2017 (11 weeks)

Course Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am to 11:50 am in Broad Arts Center

Course Enrollment: Maximum of 22 students, with 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant

Salary Range: $5,731 to $6,171, or higher if commensurate with experience.

To Apply: We require a cover letter, CV, and a “Statement of Teaching.” We also recommend candidates to submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” which addresses the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2017.

About our undergraduate program:

The Design Media Arts (DMA) undergraduate program emphasizes innovative creation with digital and mass media within the context of a public research university. The curriculum features a solid foundation in form, color & drawing, motion, typography, and interactivity, followed by a broad selection of area studies courses in video, visual communication, network media, game design, and narrative. The program culminates with the senior projects classes where each student defines his/her own senior project based on individual interests within the areas of interactivity and games, video and animation, and visual communication and image. This uniquely challenging and diverse program invites students to balance aesthetic sensibility with logical reasoning, formal theories with practical application, and contemporary thought with historical perspective. Most courses are taught as studios of no more than 22 students, which encourage individual growth and fosters a sense of community within the department.

Rather than focusing on narrow professional development, our curriculum fosters experimentation across a range of different media. We privilege a social outlook, process, experimentation, and personal growth over conservatism and commercialism and we search for students who share the same goals. We strive to provide a broad education that encourages young people to make new connections, to analyze complex situations, and to think critically.

For more information about our undergraduate program and our students’ broad, innovative, and diverse areas of study, please visit

For information about the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA), please visit

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Los Angeles, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Reference - Please provide the name and contact information for your reference.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.