JumpStart Summer Institute

JumpStart Summer Institute: Introduction to Architecture


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 has two tracks, carrying 6 and 11 quarter units of UC credit respectively. Both tracks are 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


  • Field trips of significant architectural and design sites in Los Angeles 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 expose students to the latest developments in the discipline as well as information to assist them to strengthen their portfolios for application to graduate programs.

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.


If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact JumpStart directly.



The JumpStart Summer Institute: Introduction to Architecture is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals.


Registration is conveniently done online here. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

You will have the option to select one of the two tracks for the program during the registration process:

  • The 6-unit track curriculum includes Architecture & Urban Design 103: Introduction to Archtectural Design and is indicated as Track without ARCH&UD 10B on the registration form. Due to visa restrictions, the 6-unit track is not open to international students.
  • In addition to Architecture & Urban Design 103, the 11-unit track curriculum includes Architecture & Urban Design 10B: History of Artchitecture and Urban Design-Baroque to the Contemporary Moment. This track is referred to as Track with ARCH&UD 10B.


Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.

Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching programs
  • Dropping a current program


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community. Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes academic honesty, treatment of others, health and safety, use of resources, and use of alcohol and controlled substances. UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.


During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.


JUNE 22 - JULY 31, 2015


FEBRUARY 6: Registration opens HERE

MARCH 2: FAFSA deadline for current UCLA students

APRIL 1: Housing Application available 

APRIL 1: Financial Aid Application available for current UCLA students

APRIL 30: Financial Aid Application due for priority consideration, current UCLA students only

MAY 1: Payment deadline

MAY 1: Summer parking permits available through Transportation

JUNE 1: Refund deadline

JUNE 22: Program starts

JULY 3: No classes - Independence Day

JULY 31: Program ends