B.A. in Arch. Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies. The B.A. in Architectural Studies is a two-year major that begins in the junior year of residence.

The sequence of courses designed for this degree meets two objectives:

  • The first provides an understanding of Architecture and Urban Design as a humanist discipline, which engages cultural and social studies, and the history of architecture and cities.
  • The second provides, at the same time for interested students, a preparation for accelerated graduate professional studies.

Students will experience the design process in a studio setting where projects engage the issues raised by the academic coursework. In studio, students will develop the ability to think critically about their ideas, and explore the creative process in architecture and urban design in relation to these ideas. The direct experience of design is crucial to an understanding of architecture and urban design and their relation to contemporary social, political, and cultural events.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Architectural Studies major is not open to Freshman students. Freshmen are welcome to apply to UCLA under a different major, or with an undeclared major, and then apply to change their major to Architectural Studies during the Winter Quarter of their Sophomore year, preferrably after having completed some of the pre-major courses.