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Professional memberships aim to support individuals professionally and aid in progressing careers and professions.  Emerging designers can find that belonging to a membership or collective can be helpful in career-building.  

Below are messages and/or information about membership from our industry partners.

IATSE Local 800


Local 800 is a local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE).  The “IA,” as it is commonly known, is an international union, which exclusively represents employees in the entertainment industry, spanning the United States and Canada with more than 130,000 members. Local 800 is comprised of Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers and Title Artists.

The following UCLA Faculty are proud members of Art Directors Guild IATSE Local 800

Andrew Leung, Anthony Fanning, Rachel Robb Kondrath, Nathan Schroeder, Sarah Stimpson, and Mark Worthington

Local 892

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The Costume Designers Guild is Local 892 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.). The Guild represents costume designers, assistant costume designers and costume illustrators working at the highest levels of skill and expertise in motion pictures, television and commercials. The CDG promotes and protects the economic status of its members while improving working conditions and raising standards for our craft.

The following UCLA Faculty are proud members of the Costume Designers Guild Local 892
Christian Cordella, Gina Flanagan, Chrisi Karvonides, Deborah Landis, Aasha Ramdeen, and Jane Ruhm

Local USA 829 IATSE

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United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 IATSE, is a labor union and professional association of live performance and motion picture designers, artists and craftspeople, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are artists and designers working in film, theater, opera, dance, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership is over 4,300 strong.

The following UCLA Faculty are proud members of the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 IATSE
Eric Able, Sara Clement, Myung Hee Cho, Lauren Roark, and Rich Rose

Set Decorators Society of America 


The mission of the Set Decorators Society of America is to promote the highest standards of excellence in the field worldwide, and to entertain, inspire, teach and preserve the legacy of set decoration in motion pictures and television. The Set Decorators Society of America, founded in 1993, is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of the past, present and future of our profession. Members include qualified Set Decorators of Motion Pictures and Television, including commercials and music videos, as well as Business Members who provide furnishings, materials, and professional services to our trade.

IATSE Local 705

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IATSE Local 705 is the labor union supplying movie studios, studio costume departments, costume rental houses and made-to-order costume houses and all together they form the Motion Picture Costumers and are affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, AFL-CIO.

The following UCLA Faculty are proud members of Motion Pictures Costumers Local 705
Paul Girard, Keilani Gleave, Shoshana Rubin, and Jane Ruhm

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