Architecture and Urban Design

Architectural Studies BA

Learning Outcomes

The Architecture Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated competence in representational techniques including physical and digital modeling, drawing, and analytical diagramming
  • Use of representational techniques to document design concepts, organization, spatial order, and scale
  • Ability to compile portfolio of original architectural and three-dimensional design proposals
  • Familiarity with historical and contemporary precedents in the field
  • Demonstrated written awareness of the historical, technological, and cultural significance of precedent works
  • Familiarity with, and presentation and discussion of, concepts related to form, organization, and space making
  • Delivery of oral and graphic presentations of design concepts and proposals
  • Reception of and response to design criticism, and reflection of this response in revised design documentation, as an integral part of the design process


Students are admitted for fall quarter only. Admission is highly competitive, and only a limited number of students are admitted each year. UCLA students may apply for admission in fall quarter of their second year in residence, must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, and are required to complete the preparation for the major courses, with grades of B or better, before applying for admission. Transfer students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and are expected to complete the preparation for the major courses during their first year in residence. All applicants must submit a statement of interest and a three- to six-page PDF of creative work. Applications are available in the department office to regularly enrolled UCLA students during the previous fall quarter. For more information, consult with the undergraduate adviser.

Preparation for the Major

Required: Architecture and Urban Design 10A, 10B, 30.

The Major

Required: Architecture and Urban Design 121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 133, 141, 142, 143.