School of the Arts and Architecture
David J. Roussève, Interim Dean
8260 Broad Art Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1427
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 four departments (Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance) provide students with unparalleled opportunities to learn from faculty members who rank among the most innovative artists, designers, musicians, choreographers, architects, and arts scholars of our time.
The school is also home to one undergraduate minor. The Visual and Performing Arts Education minor is designed to introduce arts students to the issues and methodologies in the field of arts education.
Combining opportunities for the hands-on study of creative practice with the academic foundation of the liberal arts, the school offers students the chance to develop an integrated and encompassing understanding of human creativity, the arts, and architecture. The mission is to educate, empower, and inspire the next generation of citizens to serve as cultural and artistic leaders of the twenty-first century.
The School of the Arts and Architecture has an impressive array of public arts units, including the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, one of the largest and most diverse performing arts presenters in the nation, and two world-class museums—the UCLA Hammer Museum which focuses on contemporary and emerging artists and the Fowler Museum at UCLA which focuses on the traditional and contemporary arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania.
Seven interdisciplinary research centers—the Art and Global Health Center, Art | Sci Center, cityLAB, Experiential Technologies Center, Game Lab, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and NOW Institute—as well as the renowned Murphy Sculpture Garden are part of the school. All of these offer students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their experience of the arts and architecture while at UCLA.
In addition to providing a rich and diverse environment on campus, the school encourages students 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.