UCLA

Undergraduate Admissions

How Transfer and UCLA Students Apply for a

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (B.A.) is a two-year major that begins in the junior year of residence. We accept transfer students that are UC eligible (see details below). The program is not open to Freshman applicants. Freshmen are welcome to apply to UCLA with a different or undeclared major and then apply to change their major to Architectural Studies during the winter quarter of their Sophomore year, preferably after having completed some of the pre-major courses. 

Undergraduate admissions are managed by the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. More information for prospective students is available at arts.ucla.edu/apply and if you have questions, their admissions team can be reached at admissions@arts.ucla.edu

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Applicants

  • Students are admitted for Fall quarter only. Admission is highly competitive and only a limited number of students will be admitted.
  • All admitted students are required to enroll in the full two-year major sequence regardless of the number of years already spent in undergraduate studies prior to admission as an Architectural Studies major.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • Applicants must have 60 semester or 90 quarter units completed by the Spring prior to matriculating (i.e. if you plan to matriculate to UCLA in Fall 2020, you must meet your unit requirements by Spring 2020) 
  • Applicants must complete the following courses with a ‘B’ average in order to be UC Eligible:
    • 1 English course in critical thinking/writing
    • 1 English course in composition
    • 1 Math course
  • Transfer students will be expected to complete the lower division preparation courses during their first year of residency.

We do accept sophomore transfers. In addition to the requirements above, they must also be UC eligible out of high school: 

  • 3.0 unweighted GPA from high school if you are from California
  • 3.4 unweighted GPA from high school if you are from out-of-state or international 
  • Take the SAT or ACT exam with the writing or essay component
  • Complete all college preparatory requirements in high school

Applying to the Architectural Studies major is a two-part process:

  • By November 30: Submit the UC Undergraduate Application to apply for admission to UCLA. Make sure you list Architectural Studies as your first choice major to UCLA. Once you have completed your UC Undergraduate Application you will receive your UC Application ID via a confirmation email. The submission portal opens on November 1 and closes on November 30. There is no rolling admission or early decision/action. 
  • By January 20: Complete the online UCLA Arts Supplemental Application for the Architectural Studies major. This part of your application is reviewed by UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s selection committee.The supplemental application portal opens on January 2. At this time you may log on with your UC Application ID. 

The Supplemental Application requirements for Transfer Applicants include:

  • Questionnaire
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Department Statement
  • Portfolio: 3-6 Page PDF of Creative Work

More information is available on the UCLA Arts Supplemental Application Worksheet available at arts.ucla.edu/apply. These worksheets are updated every September to reflect the updates for the new cycle. 

Admissions Requirements for UCLA Change of Major

  • Students are admitted for fall quarter only. Admission is highly competitive and only a limited number of students will be admitted. 
  • All students will be required to enroll in the full two-year major sequence regardless of the number of years already spent in undergraduate studies prior to your admission as an Architectural Studies major at UCLA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • We prefer that students complete the pre-major Architecture course requirements before taking major courses. We strongly recommend completing these courses before applying for admission to the program. These count towards both major credit and general education requirements.
    • ARCH 10A: History of Architecture and Urban Design: Prehistory to Mannerism
    • ARCH 10B: History of Architecture and Urban Design: Baroque to Contemporary Moment
    • ARCH 30: Introduction to Architectural Studies

Applying to the Architectural Studies major is a two-part process:

  • By December 6: Complete the UCLA Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major Form. Submit a hard copy of the form to the Architecture and Urban Design office (1317 Perloff Hall) and upload a PDF copy to the UCLA Change of Major Supplemental Application website. This is the portal you will use to upload all of your supplemental application requirements. 
  • By January 20: Complete the UCLA Arts Supplemental Application for the Architectural Studies major. This part of your application is reviewed by UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s selection committee. The supplemental application portal opens on January 2. At this time you may log on with your UCLA Student ID. 

The Supplemental Application requirements for Change of Major Applicants include:

  • Questionnaire
  • Unofficial Transcripts and Degree Audit Report
  • Personal Insight Questions
  • Department Statement
  • Portfolio: 3-6 Page PDF of Creative Work

More information is available on the UCLA Supplemental Application Change of Major Worksheet available at arts.ucla.edu/apply. These worksheets are updated every September to reflect the updates for the new cycle. 

The deadlines outlined above are strict deadlines, so please plan ahead to avoid any unexpected technical delays at the last minute. Technical support is available Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm PST, so please be conscious of this timing if the deadline falls on a weekend. Late, incomplete, or hard copy application materials will not be accepted.