The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers a six-week program exploring architectural education for individuals contemplating careers in architecture, design, and related fields. The program is structured around the experience of a design studio typically offered within the curricula of graduate programs. Intensive design exercises using the latest computer aided techniques in 3D modeling lead to complex and sophisticated architectural projects that ultimately conform a robust basis for applications to graduate programs.
- Focused on developing design skills using contemporary processes of production.
- Projects enhance the relationship between building and human scales, deeply rooted in a current social and cultural environment.
- Develop digital modeling and drawing skills subsequently deployed in design projects.
- Learn the latest techniques on digital design.
- Engage in demonstrations using digital and analog techniques.
- Participate in group and one-on-one instruction led by architects and designers
- Participate in group reviews and critiques and present your projects to guest designers, critics, and instructors.
- Access to UCLA’s Arts and Architecture Library
Overall Program Activities:
- Field trips of significant architectural and design sites in Los Angels take place each week.
- Important local architects and critics who explore the central significance of Los Angeles for the future of American architecture and urbanism provide presentations within our weekly Lecture Series. Previous guests include: Neil Denari, Hitoshi Abe, Greg Lynn, Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues, Heather Roberge, Kivi Sotamaa, Kevin Daily, and Hadrian Predock.
- A Portfolio Workshop and Career Symposium exposes students to the latest developments in the discipline as well as information to assist them to strengthen their portfolios for application to graduate programs.
The JumpStart program is open to prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students, and working professionals. This program is an intensive, full-time summer architecture experience. Before enrolling in the program, you should be fully aware of the time commitment and course workload inherent in a program of this nature. Please note that ARCH&UD 10B [History of Architecture] is no longer a program requirement. View the course description for ARCH&UD 10B
Students will have the option to select one of two tracks for the program during the registration process.
- Students interested in combining JumpStart with ARCH&UD 10B may select the [ARCH&UD 10B, 103] track.
- Students that do not want ARCH&UD 10B may select [ARCH&UD 103] track. The program schedule allows for both tracks to run simultaneously.
Due to visa restrictions, the 6 unit track is not open to international students.