Degree - B.A.
Step 1: Complete the UC Application
Students who wish to apply to the School of the Arts and Architecture (Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Dance, Design | Media Arts, Ethnomusicology, Music, and World Arts and Cultures) must complete the University of California's Application for Undergraduate Admission filed between November 1–30. Students may apply directly online from the University of California website.
Students who wish to be considered for majors in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, MUST select an SOAA major as their first choice major to UCLA in order to participate in the portfolio/audition review process.
Step 2: Departmental Supplemental Requirements
*DO NOT complete the supplemental requirements without first completing the UC application in Step 1.
After the UC application has been filed, applicants are required to submit a Department of Art supplemental application. Beginning in January, applicants for the Art major at UCLA will be emailed detailed instructions for, and a link to, the online supplemental application. This material is due in mid-January (applicants will be notified of the exact date), and will include the following specific departmental requirements:
Statement of Interest and Goals
Unofficial Transcripts (in PDF format)
All applicants must provide a portfolio of recent creative work.
Required: Eight to ten (8-10) still images. Can include photography, print media, games, website/interactive screen shots, painting, drawing, etc.
Optional: One (1) media file of video, sound, motion graphics/animation, or any combination of the three compiled together as a reel. The total length of the entire compilation should be no more than one (1) minute.
All supplemental material must be submitted through the online upload system; any physical material submitted to the department cannot be considered in the review process. An Art supplemental application worksheet is available for PDF download, which includes detailed instructions on submission as well as formatting guidelines:
UCLA Department of Art Supplemental Application Worksheet
Students are recommended for admission into the department based upon evidence of creative talent and academic achievement. A Department of Art faculty committee reviews all applications for the major. Successful candidates must also meet minimum eligibility requirements for the University of California.
Step 3: Official Notification
Freshman applicants are notified in March of their admission status; transfer applicants receive notification in April.
Admitted freshmen must notify the University of their plans to attend the School of the Arts and Architecture by no later than May 1; admitted transfer students must notify the University by June 1.
Degree - M.F.A.
A complete outline of admissions and degree requirements are available on the Art Department website and accessible on the Graduate Division web page.
The Department of Art accepts applications for the fall quarter only. Admission to the department is based on acceptance by the UCLA Graduate Division and a faculty review of the applicant's work. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an acceptable institution, preferably in art, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of upper-division coursework. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with only some previous study in art may be admitted on the basis of a review of their work.
For further reference and for detailed application guidelines, please visit the department website