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    School of the Arts and Architecture

School Requirements

 

The School of the Arts and Architecture has nine requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree.

Unit Requirement

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.

Scholarship Requirement

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.

Academic Residence Requirement

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. No more than 18 of the 35 units may be completed in UCLA Summer Sessions.

Courses offered by UCLA Extension may not be applied toward any part of the residence requirements.

Writing Requirement

Students must complete the University Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement prior to completing the school writing requirements.

Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement—Writing I and Writing II. The courses must be taken for letter grades, and students must receive grades of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).

Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied within the first three terms of enrollment by completing English Composition 3 or 3SL with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by (1) scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in English, (2) a combination of a score of 720 or better on the SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section (last administered in January 2016) and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination, (3) completing a course equivalent to English Composition 3 with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable) taken at another institution, or (4) scoring 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination.

Students whose native language is not English may need to take English Composition 1A, 1B, and 2I before enrolling in a Writing I course. All courses in the sequence must be passed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

Writing II. The Writing II requirement must be satisfied within the first six terms of enrollment by completing one course from a faculty-approved list of Writing II courses published on the Registrar’s Writing II requirements web page and available on the student Degree Audit. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

A Writing II course also approved for general education may be applied toward the relevant general education foundational area.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

In the School of the Arts and Architecture, students must demonstrate basic skills in quantitative reasoning. The requirement may be satisfied by completing one approved UCLA course (see list below) for a letter grade of C or better or Passed (C- or a Not Passed grade is not acceptable), or an equivalent transfer course.

The quantitative reasoning requirement may also be satisfied by achieving an SAT Reasoning Test Mathematics section score of 600 or better for exams taken January 2016 or earlier, or achieving an SAT Mathematics section score of 620 or better for exams taken March 2016 or later, or an SAT Subject Test in Mathematics score of 550 or better, or an ACT mathematics exam score of 26 or better.

Approved courses include

Biostatistics 100A, 100B
Life Sciences 20, 30A
Mathematics 2 (or any higher-number course except 19, 71SL, 72SL, 88S, 89, 89HC, 98XA, 98XB, 99, 103A-103B-103C, 105A-105B-105C, 189, 189HC, 195, 197, 199)
Philosophy 31
Political Science 6, 6R
Program in Computing 10A, 10B, 10C
Statistics 10, 12, 13

Foreign Language Requirement

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 two, or (3) completing one college-level foreign language course equivalent to level two 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 Registrar’s foreign language requirement page publishes courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Upper-Division Nonmajor Requirement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 units of upper-division (100-level) nonmajor courses. Graduate (200-, 400-, and 500-level) courses may not be applied toward this requirement.

Diversity 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, interpret, and teach the arts. 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 nonmajor 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 Requirements

General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and 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.

Foundations of Knowledge

General education courses are grouped into three foundational areas: Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, Foundations of Society and Culture, and Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.

Eight courses (38 units minimum) are required. A Writing II course also approved for general education may be applied toward the relevant general education foundational area.

Students who complete a yearlong GE Cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement and complete nearly 50 percent 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.

Courses listed in more than one category can fulfill GE requirements in only one of the cross-listed categories.

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup:

  • Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis
  • Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice

The aim of courses in this area is to supply perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses furnish 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.

Foundations of Society and Culture. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup and a third course from either subgroup:

  • Historical Analysis
  • Social Analysis

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.

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. Two courses from either subgroup. If both courses are selected from the same subgroup, they must be from different departments:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

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 in the Student Services Office, 2200 Broad Art Center, or see the Schedule of Classes.

School of the Arts and Architecture
General Education Requirements

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities

Literary and Cultural Analysis 1 Course
Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis 1 Course
Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice 1 Course
Total = 15 units minimum  

 
Foundations of Society and Culture

Historical Analysis 1 Course
Social Analysis 1 Course
Third course from either subgroup 1 Course
Total = 15 units minimum  


Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Life Sciences/Physical Sciences 2 Courses
Two courses from either subgroup. If both courses are selected from the same subgroup, they must be from different departments.
Total = 8 units minimum

 
Total GE     8 Courses/38 Units Minimum

A Writing II course also approved for general education may be applied toward the relevant general education foundational area.


Reciprocity with Other UC Campuses

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 UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Student Services Office, Box 951620, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1620.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

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 the Arts and Architecture GE requirements.

   
   
 
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