About UCLA Arts

The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA (UCLA Arts) plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the community. Providing a full range of course offerings and programs, the School is comprised of six degree-granting departments: Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, Ethnomusicology, Music, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance, six centers: the Art | Global Health Center, the Art | Sci Center, cityLAB, the Experiential Technologies Center, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and the Now Institute, and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (comprising the departments of ethnomusicology, music and musicology.)

Our three internationally acclaimed public arts institutions are the Hammer Museum, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and a major performing arts program, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. These institutions offer rich access to leading anthropological, historical and contemporary visual arts exhibitions and collections, as well as presentations by the world's most outstanding performing artists.

Over 800 undergraduate and 400 graduate students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with 100 distinguished faculty who rank among the most innovative artists and architects of our time. A balance of practice and theory, built upon the solid foundation of the liberal arts, assures an understanding of the interdependence between creativity, performance, and research. In educating the whole person, the School strives to motivate and empower its students to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century.

Located in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, the School offers a truly cosmopolitan arena for study and experimentation that reflects the diversity of its students and faculty. Los Angeles, still young by most standards, continues to attract pioneers in the arts and sciences who embrace the forward-looking spirit, dynamism, freedom, and possibilities for innovation that characterize this city. While the heart of the school remains on the Westwood campus, its soul extends beyond the campus borders to the greater Los Angeles community with a wide variety of outreach programs designed by students, faculty, staff and alumni, and which center around concerts, exhibitions, symposia, and dance productions presented in cooperation with groups throughout Los Angeles.

Christopher Waterman, Dean
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture