Transfer Admission

School of the Arts and Architecture,
Herb Alpert School of Music

The School of the Arts and Architecture offers the following majors:

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic achievement as well as departmental screening requirements. California community college students are strongly encouraged to complete IGETC; all other transfer students are encouraged to make progress toward completion of the school's general education requirements.

Applicants to the school must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application. In addition to the UC Application, applicants are required to submit supplemental application material (e.g., portfolio or audition, artist statements, and letters of recommendation; additional fees may apply). Specific requirements, deadlines and procedures for submission must be obtained from each department's website—see individual major sections below for more information. Applicants should begin working on the department's supplemental application shortly after submitting the UC Application, as deadlines are strictly enforced.

Please refer to Transfer Admission for additional information on transfer admission requirements.

Architectural Studies

The focus of the architectural studies major is on the built environment. The curriculum conceives of architecture as a cultural, creative, and technical practice and a discipline with direct social impact. Within the context of a liberal arts education, a finely balanced set of architecture and urban design courses ranging from the history and theory of design to contemporary building technologies will provide students with a diverse foundation of knowledge in the field of architecture and prepare them for graduate school and/or careers in a wide range of fields.

Preparation for the major*

  • two courses in the history of architecture (Pre-history–Mannerism and 1600–Present)
  • one introduction to architectural studies course

*Most transfer applicants will be required to complete these three preparatory courses at UCLA.

Portfolio and supplemental requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, applicants must submit a portfolio of creative work as well as departmental statement of interest by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/aud

Department homepage

Catalog information

Art

The department is committed to professional art training and encourages new fields of investigation. Students complete coursework in the following areas: drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, new genres, and art theory.

Preparation for the Major

One course in each of the following:

  • drawing
  • sculpture
  • painting
  • photography
  • ceramics
  • new genres (performance art, video art, installation, and non-studio work)
  • four courses in art history (including one covering each of the following art historical periods: 1850s–1920s, 1920s–1960s, and 1960s–present)

Substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Portfolio and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, applicants must submit a portfolio of creative work as well as departmental statement of interest by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/art.

Department homepage

Catalog information

Dance

The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is at the forefront of innovative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural studies of the arts, offering a curriculum in which students can explore the vital relationship of the arts and performance to cultural theory and criticism. The Dance major thoroughly integrates learning to dance, creating choreography, and critical interrogation of dance as a cultural practice. Students study a variety of dance techniques from around the world throughout their studies. They enroll in a four-term sequence in dance composition, with additional opportunities to participate in the creation of their own dances, as well as working as dancers in the creation of new works by faculty members and visiting artists. Further, they engage in a core of four courses in the study of scholarly discourse around the body and dance, launching a critical inquiry into their own study of bodily practices, internalization of the embodied experience, and how bodily ideas and embodied experiences are interpreted and communicated outwardly and interpersonally, both locally and globally.

Preparation for the major

All preparatory coursework should be completed at UCLA. Substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Audition/interview and supplemental requirements

Successful applicants must have strong academic preparation and show evidence of involvement in the arts and community that demonstrates interests in varied cultures. In addition to the general UC Application, all students are required to submit a supplemental application and letters of recommendation by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Applicants to the Dance major will be asked to audition. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/wacdance.

Department homepage

Catalog information

Design | Media Arts

The program emphasizes visual, audio, analytical, theoretical, and technology mediated work in design and media arts. It fully integrates computers and other digital technology into the curriculum. This uniquely challenging program invites students to balance their aesthetic sensibility with logical reasoning, formal theories with practical application, and contemporary thought with historical perspective.

Preparation for the Major

  • One course in each of the following:
    • drawing
    • color theory
    • two- and three-dimensional form
    • digital media/computer design
    • letterforms and typography
    • design culture
    • interactivity and media art
  • Two courses in design history

Substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Portfolio and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, applicants must submit a portfolio of creative work by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/dma.

Department homepage

Catalog information

Ethnomusicology

The major combines hands-on musical experience with academic study to explore the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world, including Africa; Europe; the Americas; and West, East, and Southeast Asia. Concentrations in Jazz Studies and World Music are offered.

Preparation for the Major

All preparatory courses should be taken at UCLA.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, applicants must audition/interview for their concentrations, and submit a supplemental application and letters of recommendation by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/ethno.

Department homepage

Catalog information

Music

With a strong focus on the musical transitions of Europe as well as international and American musical styles of the last century, the major offers concentrations in Composition, Music Education, and Performance.

Preparation for the Major

  • a one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • one year of music history and analysis
  • two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice (one year of additional instruction for Composition specialists)
  • for Composition and Performance, two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble
  • for Music Education, three years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

Exemptions/substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to audition/interview as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload, for which an additional fee is required. Letters of recommendation are required for select areas. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/music.

Department homepage

Catalog information

World Arts and Cultures

The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is at the forefront of innovative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural studies of the arts, offering a curriculum in which students can explore the vital relationship of the arts and performance to cultural theory and criticism.  The World Arts and Cultures major highlights culture and representation as key perspectives for understanding creativity in local and global arenas. Three areas of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study are available: arts activism, critical ethnographies, and visual cultures. These areas define the department commitment to a range of practices, including ethnography, activisms, visual and related expressive arts, documentary and short films, museum and curatorial studies, performance, and other creative perspectives and methods. Courses combine theory and practice and are grounded in culturally diverse artistic expressions.

Preparation for the major

All preparatory coursework should be completed at UCLA. Substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Supplemental requirements

Successful applicants must have strong academic preparation and show evidence of involvement in the arts and community that demonstrates interests in varied cultures. In addition to the general UC Application, applicants are required to submit a supplemental application and letters of recommendation by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.arts.ucla.edu/wacdance.

Department homepage

Catalog information