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The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and community. Courses and degree programs in six departments provide students with unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with faculty members who rank among the most innovative artists, designers, musicians, choreographers, architects, and arts scholars of our time.
A balance of practice and theory, built on the academic foundation of the liberal arts, assures the understanding and appreciation of both the interdependence and integration of creativity, performance, and research. In educating the whole person, the school strives to empower and inspire the next generation of citizens to serve as cultural leaders of the twenty-first century.
Also under the School of the Arts and Architecture umbrella is an impressive array of public arts units, including UCLA Live, one of the largest arts presenters in the nation, the UCLA Hammer Museum which houses the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the renowned Murphy Sculpture Garden. These institutions offer extraordinary access to leading anthropological, historical, and contemporary visual arts exhibitions and collections, and presentations by the world's most outstanding performing artists.
In addition to providing a rich and diverse environment on campus, the school offers students the opportunity to participate in community outreach programs designed around concerts, exhibitions, symposia, and dance productions presented in cooperation with groups throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
The six departments of the school are integral to the rich and varied cultural life of the campus. The Department of Architecture and Urban Design provides students with a unique opportunity to study buildings, cities, and their interdependence in one of the most structurally and ethnically diverse cities in the world. Students in the Department of Art learn to understand the broad panorama of the visual arts emphasizing experimentation. The Department of Design | Media Arts focuses on electronic and digital imagery in visual communication design. Students in the Department of Ethnomusicology study the performance and context of music-making from a global perspective, including a concentration in jazz studies, and the Department of Music offers concentrations in composition, music education, and performance. The Department of World Arts and Cultures offers an innovative curriculum focused on the interdisciplinary and intercultural investigation of performance, the arts, and dance, and on establishing connections between cultural theory and artistic practice.
Information regarding academic programs is available from the Office of Enrollment Management and Outreach, 8260 Broad Art Center, UCLA, Box 951427, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1427, http://www.arts.ucla.edu, (310) 825-8981.
In addition to the University of California undergraduate application, departments in the School of the Arts and Architecture require auditions, portfolios, or evidence of creativity. Information regarding departmental requirements is available on each department website; see http://www.arts.ucla.edu (click on Departments). The annual deadline date for applications is November 30 for admission in the following Fall Quarter. After the UC application has been filed, applicants must submit supplemental application material and should consult the individual department website for details.
The University of California has two requirements that undergraduates must satisfy in order to graduate: (1) Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language and (2) American History and Institutions. See Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Study section for details.
The School of the Arts and Architecture has nine requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: unit, scholarship, academic residence, writing, quantitative reasoning, foreign language, upper division nonmajor courses, diversity, and general education.
Students must complete for credit, with a passing grade, no less than 180 units and no more than 216 units, of which at least 64 units must be upper division courses (numbered 100 through 199). Credit for upper division tutorials numbered 195 through 199 is limited to a maximum of 8 units in a single term and a maximum of 32 units total for a letter grade. Each major may have limitations on the number of upper division tutorials and/or units that may be applied toward degree requirements.
A 2.0 (C) average is required in all work attempted at the University of California, exclusive of courses in UCLA Extension and those graded Passed/Not Passed. A 2.0 (C) average is also required in all upper division courses in the major taken at the University, as well as in all courses applied toward the general education and University requirements.
Students are in residence while enrolled and attending classes at UCLA as a major in the School of the Arts and Architecture. Of the last 45 units completed for the bachelor's degree, 35 must be earned in residence in the School of the Arts and Architecture. No more than 18 of the 35 units may be completed in UCLA Summer Sessions.
Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement'Writing I and Writing II. Two courses in English composition are required for graduation. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive grades of C or better (C– grades are not acceptable).
Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied by completing English Composition 3 or 3H with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable) within the first three terms of enrollment.
The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in English or a combination of a score of 720 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test Writing Section and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination.
Students whose native language is not English may satisfy the Writing I requirement by completing English as a Second Language 36 with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable). Admission into the course is determined by completion of English as a Second Language 35 with a passing grade or proficiency demonstrated on the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).
Writing II. The Writing II requirement is satisfied by selecting a course from a faculty-approved list of Writing II courses published in the Schedule of Classes at http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/soc/writing.htm and available in the Student Services Office. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable) within the first six terms of enrollment.
In the School of the Arts and Architecture, students must demonstrate basic skills in quantitative reasoning. All courses taken to satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement must be completed with a grade of Passed or C or better. The quantitative reasoning requirement can be satisfied by achieving an SAT Reasoning Test Mathematics Section score of 600 or higher, an SAT Subject Test in Mathematics score of 550 or higher, or by completing one of the following courses: Biostatistics 100A, 100B, Mathematics 2 (or any higher numbered course except 19, 71SL, 72SL, 89, 89HC, 98XA, 98XB, 99, 105A, 105B, 105C, 189, 189HC, 195, 197, 199, 330), Philosophy 31, Political Science 6, 6R, Program in Computing 10A, 10B, 10C, Statistics 10, 10H, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Students may meet the foreign language requirement by (1) scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language examination in Latin, (2) presenting a UCLA foreign language proficiency examination score indicating competency through level three, or (3) completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a grade of Passed or C or better. The foreign language requirement must be completed within the first six terms of enrollment.
International students may petition to use an advanced course in their native language for this requirement. Students whose entire secondary education has been completed in a language other than English may petition to be exempt from the foreign language requirement.
The diversity requirement is predicated on the notion that students in the arts must be trained to understand the local, national, and global realities in which they make, understand, and interpret art. Those realities include the multicultural, transnational, and global nature of contemporary society. The requirement may be satisfied by taking courses in any of three parts of the students' overall program: (1) general education courses, (2) courses in the major, or (3) upper division elective courses. As such, students are not required to complete an additional course to satisfy the diversity requirement. Courses satisfying this requirement consider intergroup dynamics along with such social dimensions as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability and are relevant to the understanding of these dynamics in contemporary society and culture in the U.S. and around the world.
General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that (1) reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, (2) introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, (3) fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and (4) develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.
This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.
Students who complete a yearlong GE Cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement and complete nearly a third of their general education requirements. Students who do not complete the yearlong GE Cluster series must meet with a counselor in the Student Services Office to determine applicable GE credit.
Foundations of the Arts and Humanities. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup. Courses required to satisfy the major or other courses taken in the major department may not be used to satisfy this GE requirement:
The aim of courses in this area is to provide perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses provide the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression and other facets of society and culture.
The aim of courses in this area is to introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. The courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated.
The aim of courses in this area is to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. The courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.
Foundations Course Lists. Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult an academic counselor or see http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/ge/.
Students who transfer to UCLA from other UC campuses and have met all GE requirements prior to enrolling at UCLA are not required to complete the School of the Arts and Architecture GE requirements. Written verification from the dean at the other UC campus is required. Verification letters should be sent to the Student Services Office, School of the Arts and Architecture, 2200 Broad Art Center, UCLA, Box 951620, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1620.
Transfer students from California community colleges have the option to fulfill UCLA lower division GE requirements by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transfer. The curriculum consists of a series of subject areas and types of courses which have been agreed on by the University of California and the California community colleges. Although GE or transfer core courses are degree requirements rather than admission requirements, students are advised to fulfill them prior to transfer. The IGETC significantly eases the transfer process, as all UCLA GE requirements are fulfilled when students complete the IGETC courses. Students who select the IGETC must complete it entirely before enrolling at UCLA. Otherwise, they must fulfill the School of Arts and Architecture GE requirements.
School of the Arts and Architecture departments generally set two types of requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: (1) Preparation for the Major (lower division courses) and (2) the Major (upper division courses). Preparation for the Major courses should be completed before beginning upper division work.
A major requires completion of a set of courses known as Preparation for the Major. Each department sets its own Preparation for the Major requirements; see the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Students must complete their major with a scholarship average of at least a 2.0 (C) in all courses in order to remain in the major. All courses in the major department must be taken for a letter grade.
As changes in major requirements occur, students are expected to satisfy the new requirements insofar as possible. Hardship cases should be discussed with the department adviser, and petitions for adjustment should be submitted to the dean of the school when necessary.
Individual Majors. Highly motivated students who believe that no single major accommodates their specific interests and goals may propose designing their own major. Proposals are prepared with faculty guidance and sponsorship and must explain the intent concerning the anticipated program of study and reasons why the academic goals cannot be achieved within an existing major. Proposals must be submitted no later than the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students must complete at least one term of residency at UCLA before proposing an individual major. Students interested in designing an individual major should consult the Director of Student Services, School of the Arts and Architecture, 2200 Broad Art Center, (310) 206-3564.
Double Majors. Students may petition to be reviewed for a double major on an individual basis. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing a double major enroll in 15 to 20 units per term. Contact the Student Services Office for an outline of criteria required.
Students should take advantage of academic support resources, but they are ultimately responsible for keeping informed of and complying with the rules, regulations, and policies affecting their academic standing.
Each term the student Study List must include from 12 to 20 units. The school has no provision for part-time enrollment. After the first term, students may petition to carry more than 20 units if they have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 (B) or better and have attained at least a B average in the preceding term with all courses passed. Consult the Student Services Office no later than the end of the third week of instruction.
Students are expected to complete satisfactorily at least 36 units during any three consecutive terms in residence; they are placed on probation if they fail to pass these units. They are subject to dismissal if they fail to pass at least 32 units in three consecutive regular terms in residence.
Students in good academic standing who wish to change their major may petition to do so provided they can complete the new major within the 216-unit limit. Petitions must be submitted to and approved by the department or committee in charge of the new major. Admission to certain majors may be closed or restricted; changes are normally not permitted if students are on probation or have begun their last term.
Advanced Placement Tests. Credit earned through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Tests may be applied toward certain University/school requirements. Consult a counselor in the Student Services Office to determine applicable credit. Portions of AP Test credit may be evaluated by corresponding UCLA course numbers (e.g., French 4). If students take the equivalent UCLA course, unit credit for such duplication is deducted before graduation.
Graduate Courses. Undergraduate students who wish to take courses numbered in the 200 series for credit toward the degree must petition for advance approval of the department chair and the dean of the school and must meet the specific qualifications. Courses numbered in the 400 and 500 series may not be applied toward the degree.
The School of the Arts and Architecture offers advising, program planning in the major and general education requirements, and individual meetings with school and departmental counselors. For counseling information, contact the Student Services Office, School of the Arts and Architecture, 2200 Broad Art Center, (310) 206-3564.
To receive Dean's Honors in the School of the Arts and Architecture, students must have at least 12 graded units per term with a grade-point average of 3.8 for less than 16 units of work (3.7 GPA for 16 or more units). The honor is posted on the transcript for the appropriate term. Students are not eligible for Dean's Honors in any given term if they receive an Incomplete or a Not Passed (NP) grade, change a grade, or repeat a course.
Latin Honors are awarded at graduation to students with superior grade-point averages. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California. The levels of honors are summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. The minimum GPAs required are subject to change on an annual basis. Required GPAs in effect in the graduating year determine student eligibility. See the Schedule of Classes for the most current calculations of Latin honors.
Exceptionally promising juniors or seniors may be nominated as Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor's and master's degree programs simultaneously. Qualifications include completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution and the requirements in preparation for the major. Students must also have at least one term of coursework remaining at UCLA. To obtain both the bachelor's and master's degrees students must be provisionally admitted to the Graduate Division, fulfill requirements for each program, and maintain a minimum B average. No course may be used to fulfill requirements for both degrees. Interested students should consult their department well in advance of application dates for graduate admission. Contact the Student Services Office in 2200 Broad Art Center for details.
The advanced degree programs offered in the School of the Arts and Architecture provide graduate students with unique research opportunities when combined with special resources, such as the Young Research Library, the special collections of the Arts and Music Libraries, and the University's exhibition and performance halls.
In addition to requiring that applicants hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree of professional title from an international institution, each department in the school has limitations and additional requirements. In general, samples of creative work (auditions, portfolios, computer programs, etc.) are required. Detailed information is available on individual department websites and in Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/pgmrqintro.htm.
Requirements to fulfill each degree objective vary according to the degree and the department. For complete degree requirements, see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/pgmrqintro.htm.
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