UCLA Arts

As the premiere public arts school in the nation, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the broader community. Guiding our mission is the belief that the arts are not only an essential part of the cognitive, critical, inquisitive life of a public research university, but the practice and presence of the arts are a cornerstone of the creative, innovative thinking and collaborative approaches that the 21st century demands.

One of 12 prestigious professional schools at the University, the School of the Arts and Architecture offers leading programs in four degree-granting departments: Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Our commitment to innovative education, pioneering research, dynamic public service, and community engagement is fueled by our unwavering belief in the fundamental value of creativity and the artist’s unique ability to change the world and shape the future.

Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with distinguished faculty who rank among the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, performers, ethnographers, and scholars of our time. Grounded in an understanding of the profound interdependence between creativity and academic research, our innovative and rigorous programs combine studio-based practice with critical studies and liberal arts scholarship—all within the context of a leading research university. In advancing this holistic approach to arts education, the school strives to motivate and empower its students to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century.

Our programs encourage interdisciplinary inquiry and creative production while upholding the highest standards of excellence and innovation within each discipline. Deep thematic through lines that are shared between departments and across disciplines create a fertile platform for collective inquiry, dialogue and creative production. Our seven research centers foster groundbreaking connections between the arts and other disciplines, bringing together creativity and research to address issues such as global health, climate change, urbanism and other critical challenges of the 21st century.

Our Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) offers students the opportunity to develop into informed teaching artists while delivering hands-on arts programming to K–12 students in underserved communities. A dynamic public events program and special projects extend VAPAE’s engagement with the community and position the School at the forefront of the local and national debate about the importance of K-12 arts education.

Our internationally acclaimed museums—the Fowler and the Hammer—and groundbreaking performing arts program—the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA—offer students, faculty and the broader community rich access to leading anthropological, historical and contemporary visual arts exhibitions and collections, performances, lectures and workshops by established and emerging artists from Los Angeles and around the world. This unique, rich array of research centers, museums and performing arts programs broaden and enhance the experiences of our students and faculty.

Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the School offers a cosmopolitan arena for study and experimentation that reflects the diversity of our students and faculty. Los Angeles, a city on the leading edge of the 21st century, continues to attract pioneers in the arts and sciences who embrace the forward-looking spirit, dynamism, freedom, and possibilities for innovation that characterize this city.

While the heart of the school remains on the Westwood campus, its soul extends beyond the campus borders to the greater Los Angeles community with a wide variety of outreach programs designed by students, faculty, staff and alumni that include workshops, concerts, exhibitions, symposia, and dance productions; often presented in collaboration with groups throughout Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA — US

Established 1919