David Elliott has an MFA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and background in photography from the International Center of Photography in New York.


Building prototypes in software and electronics. Researching technologies to help realize designs. Brainstorming concepts. Making proposals. Project documentation. Project management.
Most used technologies: AS3, Python, Java/Processing, Arduino/AVR, Adobe CS.


Learn to Play (2010) The Euphrat Museum of Art Cupertino, California

Gadget OK! (2009) CNSI, Los Angeles

Game Night at Monte Vista (2009) Los Angeles

Piksel09 (2009) Bergin, Norway

Disposable Film Festival (2009) New York

ISEA (2009) Belfast

Disposable Film Festival (2009) San Francisco

Pocket Films Festival (2009) Paris

Reverse Ark (2009), Baltimore Contemporary Museum

2009 MFA Exhibition (2009), New Wight Gallery, UCLA

Small Truths (2008), New Wight Gallery, UCLA

FutureFarmer’s Free Soil Bus Tour 2 (2008), 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA

Mega3 (2008), New Wight Gallery, UCLA


University of California, Los Angeles

MFA, Design / Media Arts, 2007 – 2009

San Francisco Art Institute

BFA, Design + Technology, 2004 – 2007

International Center of Photography

Certificate Program in General Studies, 2002 – 2003


General Manager at UCLA Game Lab

March 2010 – present
Overseeing the development and day to day operation of the lab. Directing game projects of all types, from board games to video games on any platform.

Part Time Lecturer at University of Southern California

August 2010 – December 2010
Teaching game design in ActionScript3 for web and mobile devices.

Project Manager at UCLA Game Lab

June 2009 – March 2010
Helping to create augmented reality games featuring the Nokia N810 for Eddo Stern.

Artist’s Assistant at Jennifer Steinkamp’s studio

June 2009 – March 2010
Assist in technical research, prototyping electronics and artwork installation.

Design Media Arts Department Summer Institute at UCLA

June 2009 – July 2009 (2 months)
Instructor for the game design course at the UCLA Design Media Arts department Summer Institute.

Teaching Associate at UCLA

September 2007 – August 2009
Helping faculty and visiting lecturers teach courses in game design, software and electronics

Graduate Student at UCLA

August 2007 – August 2009

Design Media Arts Department Summer Institute at UCLA

June 2008 – July 2008 (2 months)
Instructor for the game design course at the UCLA Design Media Arts department Summer Institute.

Intern at Hello Design

July 2007 – August 2007 (2 months)

Freelance Photographic Retoucher

January 2004 – January 2007 (3 years 1 month)
For various commercial photographers in the bay area.

Artist’s Assistant at Sam Samore’s studio

June 2003 – June 2005 (2 years 1 month)
Photographic retoucher and artist assistant during the summers.

Honors and Awards

UCLA Design | Media Arts Fellowship Award (2008-2009)

Bernard Osher Foundation merit-based scholarship (2004-2007)


“David was definitely passionate about solving problems and learning new things. He helped us with our R+D work at Hello and was very hands-on and curious. He always had a good attitude and was great to work with.”
— David Lai, CEO/Creative Director, Hello Design, managed David at Hello Design

“David Elliott is one of my grad students. He’s an extremely smart and talented guy, with an interesting background history. He’s into gaming but also into mind games (in a very funny and positive way) and I think what makes him stand out is his great sense of humor that he brings to the art and science world.”
— Henri Lucas, Chair, UCLA School of Arts & Architecture, worked directly with David at UCLA

“David is one of the most organized, engaged, and committed people I have worked with. His work is situated within a potent interchange of art, society and politics which facilitates discourse and reveals human relations that populate these spheres. His work questions and challenges the systems in which we exist not by preaching, but by informal, improvisational activities that allow for moments of surprise to connect people who might not normally make an opportunity to exchange. He is a bridge whose work connects cultures, social norms, and hearts.”
— Amy Franceschini, taught David at San Francisco Art Institute