School of the Arts and Architecture

  • Brett B. Steele, Dean

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture 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 — offer students unparalleled opportunities to learn from faculty members who rank among the most innovative artists, designers, ethnographers, choreographers, architects, and arts culture and performance scholars of today.

Combining opportunities for hands-on study of creative practice with an 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. Its 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 includes three 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 tradition-based and contemporary arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. The school’s teaching, learning, and public activities are organized across nine buildings and sites at the UCLA campus and beyond.