VAPAE Program

Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor
The Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is an innovative arts education program that fosters the creative and intellectual growth of UCLA Arts students while providing much needed arts education curricula to children in underserved communities. VAPAE offers courses designed to introduce undergraduates to key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education and to a broad range of careers in the arts, including K-12 teaching, community arts education, museum education, art therapy, and arts advocacy.

The Arts Education Teaching Sequence, an essential component of the VAPAE minor, comprises three courses (Arts Ed M102, M192, M192SL) in which selected undergraduates explore core issues in arts education, creativity and social justice. Students are assigned to K-12 classrooms in the Los Angeles area, where they first observe and then implement an 8-week sequential arts-based unit plan under the supervision of a credentialed guiding teacher.

VAPAE encompasses arts education courses, internship opportunities, special projects and public presentations offered throughout the year. These events are free, open to the public and widely attended by the UCLA community. Students from all fields of study are encouraged to participate fully in the VAPAE Program, however the VAPAE minor is exclusively available to UCLA Arts majors with extensive training in the School of the Arts and Architecture. ___________________________________________________

Applications for the VAPAE minor are accepted each quarter. The application deadline is Friday of the fifth week of each quarter. Submit completed applications to: School of the Arts and Architecture, Office of Student Services, 2200 Broad Art Center.

The fall 2015 VAPAE Information Session is scheduled for Thursday, October 8 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. in Broad 2101. Come join us and learn more about our program! Arts Ed M102- Introduction to Arts Education for Multiple Publics: Theory and Practice will be offered in fall 2015, and in spring 2016. Arts Ed M102 is a prerequisite for the VAPAE minor and the Arts Education Teaching Sequence. Click on the Arts Ed M102 Application or stop by the Office of Student Services. Applications should be delivered no later than the first week of classes in the Office of Student Services or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This course can be taken as a stand-along or as the first part of the Arts Education Teaching Sequence, which includes Arts Ed M192 and Arts Ed M192SL.