SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION UPLOAD SYSTEM

Frequently Asked Questions
Technical support is available Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM PST at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu. Please visit www.arts.ucla.edu/apply for more general information about the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Please note that this document is updated frequently throughout the admission cycle.
 
  • Fall 2021 Admission Cycle Updates

    Q: Are there any updates to admission requirements due to COVID-19?

    Please review the University of California admission updates here: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/response-covid-19.html

    Q: Are there any updates to standardized testing requirements for this upcoming cycle?

    As of November 2020, UCLA will be test blind for fall 2021. This means we will not consider the SAT or ACT for admission for fall 2021. 

     

    Q: How are the live dance auditions being impacted by COVID-19?

    In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) asks all applicants to audition by pre-recorded video only. We will not hold live auditions for this year’s admission cycle (Fall 2021).

     

     

  • General Information

    Dear Prospective Students:

    Hello, and welcome to the UCLA Arts Supplemental Application!

    In this FAQ you will find information on how to troubleshoot your application. However, we do have a few recommendations for best practices that will allow us to serve you better.

    Right at the front, please let us state the #1 Best Practice For A Successful UCLA Arts Application (Or Any Application, For That Matter):

    #1: Start Your Application Early – Not 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. 

    If you are having issues with your supplemental application, we are able to help you. However, the closer you get to the deadline, the fewer options you will have. If anything, log in when you are granted access and take a quick look around to see if there is anything you need to address immediately.

    If you realize that you applied to the wrong major and need to request a change, you will need more time.

    If you need to order transcripts and your school takes two weeks to deliver transcripts, you will need more time.

    If you need to resize all of your images, reformat your multimedia file, convert your document to PDF, or retype all of your extracurriculars because you forgot to hit “Save” and you lost all of your information, you will need more time.

    If your internet connection is not working and you need to find another internet connection so that you can upload, you will need more time.

    If it’s the day the application is due and you were planning on going straight home to finish the application before the deadline but then you have an emergency on the way home and have to make an unexpected trip elsewhere in order to attend to that emergency and can’t get home to finish the application, you will need more time.

    Please, please, please: plan in advance. We would love to help you, and the earlier you reach out, the more options we have to work with. 

    Best wishes for a successful and stress-free application process,

    Office of Enrollment Management, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

     

  • Logging In

    Accessing the Supplemental Application Website

    The online supplemental application portal* can be accessed via the following link: https://supplemental.arts.ucla.edu/login.php

    *Note: When you submit your University of California (UC) Undergraduate Application by the November 30th deadline, it goes first to the UC Office of the President in Oakland, California. Then, the applications get sent out to all of the UC campuses you've designated. Lastly, UCLA downloads your UC Application to us at UCLA Arts.

    This entire process happens once a day, every business day (M-F excluding weekends and holidays). The download happens around midnight (so if you submitted your application at 3am, then the soonest it will show up to us is in approximately 24 hours). Sometimes this process can take one day, sometimes it can take five or six days.

    If you applied to the World Arts and Cultures or Dance major and submitted your UC Application more than six days ago and still can't access the supplemental application, please contact us at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu and we can see if we can find more information for you. 

    When you contact us, please confirm the following:

     

    FOR NEW UCLA APPLICANTS:

    - When you submitted the UC Application.

    - Ensure that you are entering in your UC Application ID correctly.

    - Your Date of Birth should be in 00-00-0000 format.

    - If you are using Safari, please try Chrome or Firefox (most updated versions) as browsers.

    - Ensure that cookies are ON.

    - Confirm your first choice major to UCLA… only students who listed our arts majors as their first choice, get the instructions for the supplemental application.

    - Confirm that your major supplement is open. Dance and WAC applications are open now until December 15, and applicants to Architectural Studies, Art, and Design|Media Arts will have access from January 2-20.

     

    FOR CHANGE OF MAJOR APPLICANTS:

    - Ensure that you are entering in your Student ID correctly.

    - Your phone number should be in 1234567890 format (no dashes, no parentheses).

    - Try using Chrome or Firefox browsers (most updated versions).

    - Ensure that cookies are ON.

    - Confirm that your major supplement is open. Dance and WAC applications are open now until December 17*, and applicants to Architectural Studies and Design|Media Arts will have access from January 2-20. Art applicants will have access to the portal from the first through fourth weeks of Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.

    *Please note that the supplemental application deadline for applicants applying to World Arts and Cultures or Dance has been extended to Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:00am PT*

    If you have gone down the list and still can’t log in, email supplemental@arts.ucla.edu.

     

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  • Double Majoring/Major Changes

    PLEASE NOTE: UCLA only considers your FIRST CHOICE major in the application process; this is a campus-wide policy.*

    *with the exception of the School of Engineering, which will consider you for a second choice major IF your first and second choice majors are both in Engineering.

    If you want to submit a supplemental application for a UCLA Arts major, you must put the UCLA Arts major as your FIRST CHOICE to UCLA. If you list your UCLA Arts major as your alternate major on the UC application, you do not get access to the supplemental application. Note: students who put a UCLA Arts major as their first choice major to UCLA and fail to submit their supplemental application will be denied. You will also NOT be put back into the "general campus pool" to be considered for your alternate major.

     

    Q: I want to double major in the arts and something else at UCLA. How do I do that?

    Most majors at UCLA will allow double majoring provided you are in good academic standing with both departments. If you have a major of interest, you will want to check with each respective department to ensure that double majors will be permitted (ex. the School of Theater, Film and Television does not allow double majoring).

    Since the admission process only takes into consideration an applicant's first choice major, you will need to decide if you want to submit a supplemental application (audition or portfolio), or if you want to be considered through another program. Here are all of the majors we offer: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/prospect/coll_sch.htm 

    If you are admitted through a UCLA Arts major by submitting a supplemental application, you are admitted to the campus. Once you matriculate you may follow up with the academic counselors to see about double majoring.

    If you are admitted through a non-UCLA Arts major (Letters and Science, Engineering, etc.), once you are on campus you may make an appointment with a UCLA Arts department counselor to see about adding a double major in a UCLA Arts area. You will have to complete a supplemental application that involves an audition or a portfolio.

     

     Q: I am a current applicant and I selected the wrong major, can I change it?

    Major changes are accepted through November 30. If you put the wrong major on the UC Application and have already submitted, please email supplemental@arts.ucla.edu and include your full name, UC Application ID, and birthdate in the body of the email.

     

    Q: What if it’s after November 30 and I want to change my major?

    Change of major requests past November 30, but still before the supplement deadline, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee that your change of major request will be honored.

    Change of major requests must be made in the Undergraduate Admission mainframe, which takes anywhere from 1-3 days to become active in our downloads. You still have to meet your supplemental deadline, so by making this request you are taking on assumed risk that you will not be able to submit the supplement for your desired department. 

    If you want to take this chance, email us at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu to confirm that you want to change your major past the deadline, that you understand that you may not be able to get access to the supplement, and that if you do not get access to the supplement in time you must stay with your current major/change to another major in Letters and Science (the only school on campus that will take major changes past November 30). 

     

    Q: What if it’s after the supplemental deadline and I want to change my major?

    After the supplemental deadline for your major has passed, we can no longer make changes. You have three options at this point:

    - If you are already applying to UCLA Arts, you may continue with your current arts major. Should you be admitted to UCLA in this major, you can request to change your major once you are at UCLA.

    - Change your major to one in the College of Letters and Science to be considered in the general campus review. You will not be able to submit a supplement if you do this. Should you be admitted to UCLA, you can request to change your major once you are at UCLA.

    - Withdraw your application to UCLA entirely.

     

     Q: I asked for a change of major from one UCLA Arts major to another UCLA Arts major, and my supplement is still showing my old major.

    It takes 1-3 business days for your major to change over from the time you get a confirmation from our office. In the meantime, you still have access to the UCLA Arts supplemental application, and you can fill out your general information: current and future coursework, extracurricular activities, honors/awards, employment, and upload your transcripts. All of these are common areas for your application that will swap over when your major is changed, so entering this information in now will save you time.

    For Dance and World Arts and Cultures: in addition to all of the areas listed above, you can upload additional writing statements, an optional experience resume, and optional Other Evidence of Creativity.

    For Architectural Studies, Art, and Design|Media Arts: you can complete all of your academic information, but wait for your major change to be updated before you begin the portfolio and artist statement requirements.

     

    Q: I am an enrolled student at UCLA who wishes to add a second major in the arts - why is the process called a "Change of Major" if I just want to double major?

    The "Change of Major" process is a general term we use for students who are already enrolled at UCLA that wish to either double major with a UCLA Arts major OR change out of their original major into UCLA Arts. If you wish to change out of your current UCLA major or add a double major within the arts, you would be considered a "Change of Major" applicant either way. You can specify if you plan to keep your first major or not on the supplemental application. Make sure you speak with your academic counselor first to make sure you are on track to be able to make this change. 

  • Missed Deadlines

    Q: I missed the UC application deadline on November 30, what can I do?

    Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing we can do if you missed the UC Application deadline. You will have to apply for the next year.

    Q: I missed my department supplemental deadline, what can I do?

    Our deadlines are strictly enforced due to the fact that our faculty must be allowed enough time to properly evaluate supplemental applications. Students are given the maximum amount of time possible to submit their applications, but we also must respect departmental administrative procedures and remain in compliance with other university deadlines.

    If you did not submit in time, you will have two options:

    1. Request that UCLA change your first choice major from UCLA Arts, to the College of Letters & Science.  This action will include you in the general applicant pool to UCLA and you will be evaluated on the basis of your general UC Application only, no information from the UCLA Arts supplemental application will be considered.  Should you be admitted to UCLA under Letters & Science, you will be welcome to pursue admission to UCLA Arts upon matriculation to campus. You must complete this action by January 31. 

    2. Withdraw your application from UCLA entirely.  If you wish to re-apply to UCLA Arts in the future, you may inquire about the transfer application process.

     

     

  • Academic History

    SCHOOLS ATTENDED

    List all of the high schools and/or colleges/universities that you have attended.

    Please list in chronological order, beginning with high school.

    *Please note that for each school you enter in this section of the supplemental application, you will be prompted to submit a corresponding unofficial transcript later in the application.

     

    CURRENT COURSEWORK

    - List all of your courses currently in progress, at all academic institutions, and in all subjects. 

    - Do not list any past coursework in this area of the application; your past coursework is visible on your transcripts.

    - If your completed fall classes are listed on your transcript, but you do not have grades posted yet, these classes still count as Past Coursework, so you do not need to list them under Current Coursework

    - If you have a class that you have been taking in the fall but has continued over to winter/spring, you may list this as Current Coursework

    - If you do not have a course number and/or unit count associated with your class, you can put “NA”.

     

    FUTURE COURSEWORK

    - List all courses you are planning on taking in the winter, spring and/or summer, at all academic institutions, and in all subjects.

    - If you do not have a course number and/or unit count associated with your class, you can put “NA”.

    - If you are not planning to take any classes prior to attending UCLA, please enter “NA” in the field.

     

    If you are “in between” classes, ex. you are registered but haven’t begun instruction, you can list your coursework in either Current or Future sections.

    For example, if you are starting your Spring Quarter a week after the UCLA supplement is due and you know that you are going to be taking classes in the summer, you can put the Spring Quarter coursework as Current, and list the summer classes as Future. If you are not taking any summer classes, then you could list Spring Quarter classes as either Current or Future.

    Please use your best judgment in these areas. Depending on where you are in your fall semester, what classes are listed on your most current transcript, and any planned coursework for spring and/or summer, your situation is unique. Figure out which arrangement allows you to list all of your information clearly and chronologically, and does not omit any information.

      

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    List any and all awards, honors, exhibitions, internships, employment commitments, casual activities, hobbies, et al in this section. You have unlimited space in these categories. Be sure to list ALL activities, both arts- and non-arts-related. Please re-report any extracurricular activities that you also included in your UC Application.

     

    AWARDS/HONORS/EXHIBITIONS/INTERNSHIPS/EXPERIENCE

    List any awards, honors, exhibitions, internships, community service, employment… any and all experience. Please re-report any entries that you also included in your UC Application. This is a space that is better used for activities that happen once and not over a span of time. For example: "Type: Honor / Title: Presidential Arts Award / Date: 2020".

    The next category, "Activities", offers a date range so you can list activities that occur over a span of time. For example: "Activity Name: Apparel Retail / Dates: May 2020 – August 2020".

     

    ACTIVITIES 

    List any awards, honors, exhibitions, internships, community service, employment… any and all experience. Please re-report any activities that you also included in your UC Application. This space offers a date range so you can list activities that occur over a span of time. For example: "Activity Name: Apparel Retail / Dates: May 2020 – August 2020".

    The previous category, "Awards/Honors/Exhibitions/Internships/Experience", is better used for activities that happen once and not over a span of time. For example: "Type: Honor / Title: Presidential Arts Award / Date: 2020".

     

    Q: I would like to list a current/ongoing activity but the system does not allow me to enter in a date range to present (ex. "February 2016 - present"). 

     

    In this situation, you can list a date in the future. If you know the activity is going to end, for example, in a few months, you can list that future month. If you don't have a projected end date, you can still choose a future month (ex. January 2021) so that it's clear to the faculty that you are currently engaged in the listed activity. 

  • Personal Statements

    Q: Why am I over the character limit? / Why is the system not allowing apostrophes?

    Microsoft Word automatically changes straight quotation marks (‘ or ") to curly (smart or typographer's) quotes as you type.  These smart quotes sometimes convert to extra characters and may put you over the set character limit, not show up at all, or otherwise affect your original text format.

    To turn this feature on or off in Word:

    1.      On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

    2.      Under Replace as you type, select or clear the "straight quotes" with "smart quotes" check box.

    3.      Note: You can find and replace all instances of single or double curly quotes with straight quotes in your document. To do this, clear the "straight quotes" with "smart quotes" check box on the AutoFormat As You Type tab. On the Edit menu, click Replace. In both the Find What and Replace With boxes, type ' or ", and then click Find Next or Replace All.

    4.      To replace all straight quotes with curly quotes, select the "straight quotes" with "smart quotes" check box, and repeat the find and replace procedure.

     

    Q: I have written one of my UC Personal Insight Questions about my artistic practice. Can I submit that for the essay that is required in the supplement?

    Your audience for your UC Personal Insight Questions are “general UC readers”, and your audience for the UCLA Arts supplemental essays are your department faculty. The department faculty will read the supplemental essays first, and also have access to your UC Peronal Insight Question responses. In the event that the reviewing faculty want more information about an applicant, they may refer to the UC Personal Insight Question responses. It is in your best interest to make your UC Personal Insight Question responses distinct from your UCLA Arts supplement essays.

     

     

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

    We require a matching transcript for every academic institution that you list in the supplemental application. Transcripts need to be in PDF format. 

    If you are a freshman applicant, upload a PDF copy of your current high school transcript as well as any additional (ex. if you've attended multiple high schools and all of your classes are not listed on a single transcript; if you have completed college coursework and that coursework is not included on your high school transcript, etc.). 

    If you are a sophomore-level transfer applicant, upload PDF copies of all colleges you have attended after high school, as well as your final high school transcript.

    If you are a junior-level transfer applicant, upload PDF copies of all colleges you have attended after high school. We do not require your high school transcript. *Note: if you list your high school in your Schools Attended section, the system will ask for your high school transcript.

     

    Most schools will make available your unofficial transcripts via download from the institutional website, or will provide a printed copy that you can scan.

    You can use free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to convert transcript files, in either JPG or Word format, to PDF. 

     

    Get Adobe Reader: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/

     

    Q: Can I upload my transcript as a .jpeg or .doc file?

    No; all transcripts must be formatted as a PDF. Some schools will provide you with PDF files, or you can scan hard copies as a PDF or take them to a copy center (i.e. Kinko’s) and have them scanned and converted. If you have a .jpeg or .doc file, you can make PDFs from these files.

    PDFs from documents: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files

    If you have jpegs, drag and drop them into a document file, and then follow the directions to create a PDF from a document.

    Q: I only have an official transcript, may I send that to you directly?

     No; everything must be uploaded digitally.  You may open your official transcript, thereby making it unofficial, and scan that document.

    Q: I had my official transcript sent to UCLA, did you get it? 

    Unfortunately, we have no way of locating your transcript if you had it mailed to UCLA. Most transcript delivery services will have the transcript sent to Undergraduate Admission. We do not have access to these transcripts, and Undergraduate Admission does not process these transcripts until after May 1. 

    Q: I have finished my fall semester classes, but don’t have grades listed yet, is that okay?

    Yes.  Please submit the most recent transcripts you have available. 

    Q: I am a sophomore-level transfer and do not have my first semester transcripts from my college yet. What do I do?

    Please submit your most recent transcripts (which in this case would be high school). If you know your college course grades, type them onto a separate sheet with a note explaining that the documents have not been published and upload this document as a PDF into your application. If you have any projected grades for courses, you may write those in and make note that they are anticipated grades. 

    Q: I was supposed to receive my transcripts from my school, but there was a problem and I won’t get them until past the deadline. What do I do?

    One transcript per school entry is required in order to submit the supplement. You have a few options:

    1) Take screenshots of your self-reported grades in the UC application, drop them into a Word file, and create a PDF (http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files).

    2) An older copy of your transcript (ex. only going up through junior year) would also work... in that case, you would list your fall grades as your Current Classes so that there isn't a break in your academic reporting from one semester to the next. 

    Q: My school doesn't give out copies of my unofficial transcript. What do I do?

    Take screenshots of your self-reported grades in the UC application, drop them into a Word file, and create a PDF (http://www.wikihow.com/Create-PDF-Files)

    If you have instructed your school to mail transcripts, PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT WE RECEIVED IT. Most high school offices will mail to the main office for Undergraduate Admission, and we do not have access to those transcripts. If you are trying to get transcripts to UCLA Arts so that they can be attached to your supplemental application, please have your admin EMAIL the PDF of the transcript to supplemental@arts.ucla.edu.

     Q: My transcript is truly unobtainable. What do I do? 

    If you have an extraordinary circumstance (ex. I graduated from high school thirty years ago and my high school since burned down so my records are lost), then please email us at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu with your situation. 

    Q: I'm getting an error message saying that my transcripts are missing. 

    Please confirm that you have uploaded a corresponding transcript for EVERY academic institution you've entered: the system requires a matching transcript for every school that you report*. If you have uploaded a transcript for every school you've attended and are still seeing an error message, please contact us. 

    *We get this question from transfer students the most. 99% of the time it's because you wrote in your high school as part of your Schools Attended, which then prompts you for a high school transcript. Sophomore transfers need to submit their high school transcripts; Junior transfers do not. If you are a Junior transfer, just delete your high school entry and the system will stop prompting. 

    Q: Through an agreement with my high school, I am taking college coursework which counts for both high school and college credits. Which transcript should I send in?

    If your college coursework shows on your high school transcript, please submit the high school transcript. If your college coursework is on a separate transcript, please submit that document. You may wish to include a short note that explains that the coursework counts for both high school and college credits.

    If you only have one transcript, then submit the same transcript for both the high school and college entries. If you want to be SUPER cool, you can upload one copy of the transcript with your high school courses highlighted, and then another copy with your college courses highlighted... this is not necessary, of course, but it wouldn't hurt! ;) 

    Q: I've attended several community colleges within a district, and I have one district transcript representing coursework taken at multiple campuses. 

    Since we require an accompanying transcript for each educational institution attended, in this scenario you can upload the district transcript multiple times. 

  • On-Campus Change Of Majors

    Below please find the procedures for Change of Major applicants—current UCLA students applying to a major within the School of the Arts and Architecture.

    1)            Students submit their UCLA Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major to the department counselor.*

    Form: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Forms/Registration-and-Enrollment/Undergraduate-Program-Change-Petition

    Petition forms are due on the following dates:

    - Architectural Studies: Friday, January 8th @ 5:00pm PST (not required to send to Department Counselor in advance)

    - Design|Media Arts: Thursday, December 3rd @ 5:00pm PST

    - Dance: Monday, November 30th @ 4:00pm PST

    - World Arts and Cultures: Monday, November 30th @ 4:00pm PST

    - Art: Friday of Week 4 @ 5:00pm PST (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters)

    *Students must ensure to retain a copy of their petition form from the department counselor – they will need a PDF copy to upload into the online Change of Major registration. 

    2)            Students register their Change of Major at https://supplemental.arts.ucla.edu/changeofmajor/. Students will fill out some personal information, and also upload a PDF copy of their petition form.

    3)            Once the student has registered, they are eligible to begin their supplemental application at https://supplemental.arts.ucla.edu/login.php.

    After November 1, Dance and World Arts and Cultures students will have access immediately following their registration.

    Architectural Studies and Design|Media Arts students will have access to their supplement beginning January 2.

    Filing Windows to submit the Supplemental Application:

    Architectural Studies: January 2 - January 20

    Design|Media Arts: January 2 - January 20 

    Dance: November 1 - December 15 

    World Arts and Cultures: November 1 - December 15 

    Art: Monday of Week 1 - Friday of Week 4 (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters)

     

    Q: This is my first quarter at UCLA. I don't have a GPA yet, but the supplemental application is requesting a current GPA. What do I put? 

    A: You can put "NA" or "0.0". 

     

    Q:  I currently have a learning difference and need extra support with my supplemental application. What resources are available to me on campus?

    The UCLA Center for Accessible Education has a myriad of resources and support available at: https://www.cae.ucla.edu/. They are located in Murphy Hall Room A255 and are open from 8am-5pm from Monday-Friday. You can reach their office at 310.825.1501 or via their online contact form at: https://www.cae.ucla.edu/contact-the-cae-department

     

  • Video Uploads

    Q: I’m trying to upload files and they won’t save.

    If your files won’t save and/or the program is kicking you back to the login page, please ensure that your cookies are ON. Also, please use CHROME as a browser.  

     

    Q: I’m getting an error message, “exceeded the maximum files to upload”. What is this?

    Try uploading and saving each file one at a time. Depending on your home internet connection, uploading one at a time and waiting until one is fully uploaded (when you get the "preparing file for playback" message is okay) before you start the next one usually works.

     

    Q: I’m trying to delete files and the system won’t let me.

     

    Please contact supplemental@arts.ucla.edu.

     

  • Architectural Studies

    Q: I’m a freshman and I cannot select Architectural Studies as a major. What do I do?

    A: The Architectural Studies major only accepts junior-level applicants (and in some rare cases, sophomore-level applicants). Freshmen interested in Architectural Studies must apply through any other major that accepts freshmen. Once on campus, you can inquire about the process of applying to Architectural Studies. The application process to formally declare the major occurs in the sophomore year, so that students begin their architecture coursework in the junior year.

    There are a few things you can do!

     

    The first question to answer for yourself is: “are you 100% ABSOLUTELY SURE you want to study architecture right away?”

     

    If your answer is YES, “I am 100% absolutely sure that I want architecture!”:

    Our Architectural Studies program begins at the junior level. Therefore, you will not be able to take architecture studio courses for your first two years at UCLA, so you will need to ask yourself if you are okay with this. You can apply through any other major, but those first two years will be taken up with completing general education requirements (if you come in Undeclared/L&S), or in arts studio classes that are not architecture studio (if you apply to Art or Design|Media Arts, the two visual arts studio majors that admit freshman applicants with a portfolio). There is also not 100% guarantee that you will be eventually admitted to Architectural Studies… the on-campus change of major rate is high, over 80%, but it is not a sure thing. If being able to take architecture studio courses right away is a priority for you, then perhaps UCLA might not be a good academic match.

     

    If the answer is NO, “I am *not* 100% absolutely sure that I want architecture” (which is most students!), you have a few pathways:

    1)      Apply to UCLA as a freshman through Letters and Science-Undeclared.

    PROS:

    -          If you are interested in architecture but don’t have a strong portfolio at this time.

    -          Arriving on campus as Undeclared allows the first two years at UCLA to be directed towards completing all lower division general education requirements, as well as taking the Architectural Studies prerequisite classes (Introduction to Architecture (AUD 30), History of Architecture and Urban Design: Prehistory to Mannerism (AUD 10A), and History of Architecture and Urban Design: Baroque to Contemporary Moment (AUD 10B) -- https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Academics/Course-Descriptions/Course-Details?SA=ARCH%26UD&funsel=3). Completing all general education requirements in the first two years frees you to focus on Architectural Studies coursework in junior and senior year.

    CONS:

    -          For students who apply to Architectural Studies from L&S, having a dedicated environment/opportunity to create a portfolio is usually the greatest challenge. All visual arts studio classes are closed to non-majors, as professors must prioritize the enrollment of students who are in the majors, so you would have to be self-directed in preparing a portfolio. You would be eligible to take JumpStart, which is a summer program focused on portfolio development (https://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/JumpstartArchitecture).

     

    2)      Apply to UCLA as a freshman through another visual arts major (ex. Art, Design|Media Arts, Design/Production in Theater, etc.)

    PROS:

    -          You can apply with a supplemental application which involves a visual arts portfolio.

    -          You would be exposed to a broad range of creative conceptual elements and would produce artistic work, which you could then use to apply to the Architectural Studies major. Alongside your visual arts coursework, you could also take the three academic courses in the architecture department that are required of on-campus change of majors, and you could also participate in the summer JumpStart program.

    CONS:

    -          Admission to the visual arts programs at UCLA is extremely competitive, much more so than general campus. You would be competing against students for whom our visual arts programs are far and away their first choice.

    -          The coursework in the visual arts majors is very time-intensive, so it might be difficult to complete all of your lower division general education courses prior to junior year.

     

    3)      Apply as a transfer from another school.

    The department also accepts students as transfers from community colleges or other 4-year institutions. Transfers from outside of campus may take JumpStart in order to prepare the portfolio, or develop their portfolio work at their educational institution, at a job/internship, or work independently on self-initiated projects outside of a classroom.

    PROS:

    -          Get a little more time to decide.

    -          Save money.

    CONS:

    -          Statistically, it is much more competitive for applicants coming from outside of UCLA. The department brings in about 25 new students per year. The admit rate for students coming from off-campus is less than 15%. For students who are already at UCLA as freshmen, the change of major rate to Architectural Studies is over 80%.

     

    4)      Apply here for graduate school!

    Architecture is a career path with many entry points! You can always do your undergraduate degree elsewhere—in architecture, design, art history, civil engineering, et al—and attend UCLA for graduate school :)

     

    Q: What should I put into my portfolio?

    There is a prepared document for prospective transfer students available at this link, which talks about the portfolio expectations for the visual arts programs:

    https://arts.ucla.edu/resource/prospective-students/. You can also visit: https://arts.ucla.edu/pdf/sup/AUDPortfolioTips2.pdf to read thoughts directly from faculty on what they'd like to see in the portfolio.

     

    Q: Does a cover page/index count towards the 3-6 pages in the portfolio requirement?

     

    Yes--cover pages, indexes, resource lists, etc., all count towards the 6-page maximum. If the PDF exceeds the 6-page maximum, the faculty will only look at the first 6 pages and disregard the rest.

  • Art

    JPEG IMAGE UPLOAD

    Images can be no greater than 3 MB.

    Maximum file dimensions are 1920 horizontal x 1200 vertical.

    Only JPEG images will be accepted.

     

    Q: Why can't I upload a 1200 x 1920 image?

    Your image will then exceed the maximum height requirement of 1200. Maximum dimensions are 1920 horizontal on the X-axis, and 1200 vertical on the Y-axis.

     

    Q: Why are the maximum dimensions 1920 horizontal x 1200 vertical? What if my image is portrait?

    This is a standard high definition resolution for most monitors and projectors. To prevent distortions when viewing your image it is best that you ensure your image fits within a 1920X x 1200Y resolution display.

     

    Q: My image is 1200 x 1920; what should I resize it to?

    In this case, 750 x 1200. Most image editing programs will automatically resize proportionally.

     

    Q: My image is of a different size and does not fit, what should I resize it to?

    With your image editing software, you can resize your image proportionally to fit within the maximum dimensions of 1920X x 1200Y.

     

    Q: Can I put descriptions of each piece with each image?

    There is no place on the application to include written descriptions of individual pieces. If you would like to discuss conceptual and/or technical aspects of your work, this should be included in the Artist Statement where applicable.

     

    Q: Why are my images showing up fuzzy/dull/low-resolution?

    On the student viewing end, the images will display at low resolution to save on bandwidth and ensure that your files upload quickly and easily.  On the faculty viewing end, the images display at full resolution.

    We promise... the faculty can absolutely see your work as you intended :) We have requested this particular formatting so that our review process runs smoothly, but also does not compromise the viewing quality of student artwork. 

     

    Q: Why are my uploaded images a different color than my original piece?

    Sometimes Firefox displays incorrect colors when reviewing your artwork. Try Google Chrome as a browser.

     

    Q: I’ve uploaded my image and it is not showing up on the viewer, all I see is a red “X” icon indicating a broken image. What do I do?

    Please email supplemental@arts.ucla.edu with your full name, application ID number, and department to which you are applying.

     

    Q: How recent do the portfolio works have to be?

    The faculty wishes to see your best, complete work. There is no cutoff date in terms of when the work was generated.

     

    Q: What are faculty looking for in the portfolio?

    Please visit: https://arts.ucla.edu/pdf/sup/ARTPortfolioTips.pdf to read faculty thoughts.

     

    Q: I am trying to upload images, but can't find the button. 

    This is a problem that comes up in Safari from time to time. Please try a different browser-- Chrome and FireFox work best. If you are already using a different browser and your image upload button is still disappearing, please contact us at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu.

     

    FORMATTING 

    You may use any photo editing software at your disposal to format your images.

    If you are using Windows and need software to resize your images, you can download Irfanview, which is free for non-commercial use.

    https://www.irfanview.com/

  • World Arts And Cultures/Dance - Dance


    PRO TIP for this major: turn in your UC Application sooner rather than later.

    When you submit your UC application, your application is logged at the main UC offices in Oakland. Then, the confirmation record is forwarded to UCLA Arts. Once we receive your record, we grant you access to your department supplement.

    This confirmation record typically takes 1-6 business days to process from the UC mainframe, which processes for all nine undergraduate UC campuses. As the November 30 deadline approaches, the confirmations tend to lag more because most students—upwards of 75%-- submit within the last 48 hours prior to the deadline. Additionally, processing can be delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday, because applications are not downloaded on holidays. Applications are also not processed over weekends. 

    If you submit on November 30, it might take until December 9-10 for your confirmation to come through, depending on holiday/weekend timing. Turning in the UC application sooner will give you more time to log into and work on the supplemental application.

     

    Q: I haven’t written a research paper, what do I do?

    For the research paper sample, the admissions committee is most interested in getting a sense of your academic writing, generation and presentation of original thought, a strong thesis statement supported by critical analysis, and proper citation of sources. You may write on any and all subject matter that you feel is relevant to your overall presentation to the department. 

    Here are some links that describe the definitions of different types of research papers, as well as help on how to write one. You may choose to write a new paper to fulfill this assignment, or you may find that something you have already written falls under these guidelines. 

    https://www.slideshare.net/AlinaStepanova4/how-to-write-a-research-paper-useful-tips-for-successful-academic-writing-65156660

    https://www.ipl.org/div/aplus/linkscommon.htm

    https://personal-writer.com/blog/7-most-popular-types-of-research-papers

    https://personal-writer.com/blog/research-papers-what-you-really-should-know-about-it

    https://www.infoplease.com/homework-help/writing-grammar/how-write-research-paper

    https://www.roanestate.edu/?12454-Research-Papers

    https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Research-Paper

    https://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Plagiarism

     

    Q: My research paper is longer than 12 pages. 

    You may edit down the paper to fit 12 pages, or you may include an excerpt. If you submit an excerpt, you may include a short note explaining that your submission is part of a longer paper.

    If the body of your paper is at or less than 12 pages but your bibliography/reference page puts you over the 12-page limit, it is acceptable to upload the entire document even if the total page count is over 12 pages. As long as the actual body of the paper does not exceed 12 pages, the faculty will accept the document. 

     

    Q: My research paper is shorter than 6 pages. 

    You will have to add content to your research paper until the paper is six pages long.

    Please note that a cover page and a reference list DO count towards the total 6-12 pages. 

     

     Q: Does the paper need to be from a class? Does it need to be graded? 

    You may use or repurpose a paper that you have written for a class. It does NOT need to be graded. 

     

    Q: Can I use one of my UC personal insight responses for the personal statement prompt?

    Your audience for your UC responses are “general UC readers”, and your audience for the UCLA Arts supplemental essays are your department faculty. The department faculty will read the supplemental essays first and do have access to your UC responses. In the event that the reviewing faculty wants more information about an applicant, they may refer to the UC responses. It is in your best interest to make your UC responses distinct from your UCLA Arts supplement essays. 

     

    Q: I need some help deciding on a topic for my research paper. Any advice? 

    The research paper can be on any topic. It does not have to be about *dance*, but the department would like to see papers that relate to the *Dance BA*, which pertains to your overall interest and anticipated experience within the major.

    From the department mission statement:

    “Defined by a dynamic blend of theory and practice, World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is led by a renowned faculty of scholars, activists, curators, filmmakers, and choreographers dedicated to critical cross-cultural analysis and art-making. Our department is the place to make dances, explore digital media, curate exhibitions, become an arts activist, and develop scholarly expertise in culture and the arts. We draw upon multiple disciplines and artistic approaches while encouraging students to position their work within broad social contexts.”

    The department is asking students to consider their practice from a variety of contexts. Within the supplemental application, you are building a holistic presentation for the faculty. The audition is one piece, but all elements of the application create an overall impression for the faculty so hopefully your research paper ties in somehow.

    Here are a few examples of how the supplemental application could look for different kinds of dance applicants:

    Example: You choreograph dances using environmental issues as inspiration. Your research paper is about water conservation... a paper that may have been written for a science class, but is readable and educational in the sense that someone without any science background can appreciate your paper.

    Example: You are a dancer who wants to eventually go on to become a physical therapist, and discuss this interest in your essay. Your research paper is about ways in which physical activity improves mood and overall mental health.  

    Example: You are a hip-hop dancer and a slam poet. Your essay talks about how you use performance to address social/cultural issues. Your research paper discusses common themes found in the literary works of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. You also submit Other Evidence of Creativity that is a video of you performing slam poetry and some examples of your written poetry.

    Example: You dance Ballet Folklorico. You help run a small dance studio in your community and are in charge of the after-school component which keeps kids off the street. Your paper is about how social outreach programs engage at-risk youth and lead to a reduction in crime.

     

    VIDEO AUDITION INFORMATION

    In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) asks all applicants to audition by pre-recorded video only. We will not hold live auditions for this year’s admission cycle (Fall 2021).

    A Message from the WACD Dance Faculty:

    "We understand that you are applying to college in extraordinary times. We expect that many of you may not have access to quiet studios, updated technology, or instruction/mentorship. We have designed our video audition guidelines so that if you have a smartphone and some space in which to move—a parking lot, a bedroom, a field, a quiet street—you can audition for us successfully. We trust in your resilience, ingenuity, creativity, and determination, and look forward to seeing what you will do!"

    VIDEO AUDITION TIPS & GUIDELINES

    • We encourage you to show us your interest, practice, and investment in any and all dance forms or traditions of your choosing.

    • Please feel free to wear attire that complements your dancing, including costumes. Garments should be fitted so that your body is visible.

    • Please record your video in horizontal/landscape format, NOT vertical/profile.

    • Ensure that you are clearly visible, well lit, in focus, and that your whole body is always entirely

    within the frame. No closeups.

    • You may video static frame or tracking shot, whatever works best for you.

    • Do not edit the visual: any visual editing (ex. cuts, fades, special effects, titles, captions) will

    result in disqualification.

    • With regard to sound editing, this is entirely your choice. If you are able to easily edit your audio

    and would prefer to (ex. music overlay to adjust for environmental noise), please feel free. If you

    are not comfortable with sound editing, please don’t worry… if, for example, you are outdoors

    with amplified music and people walk past talking during your best take, the faculty will

    welcome the opportunity to see how you relate to sound/music in the moment. Sound quality will

    in no way be an impediment to your review.

     

    OTHER EVIDENCE OF CREATIVITY

    We have provided this space so that you can include curated creative material that relates directly to your major. This space is entirely optional; your application will not be negatively affected should you choose to not submit in this area.

    Here are some examples of how Other Evidence of Creativity (OEC) can be successfully utilized in the application:

    Example: You are a hip-hop dancer and a slam poet. Your audition is hip-hop, and your OEC is a video of you performing slam poetry, and some examples of your written poetry.

    Example: Your audition is modern dance with original choreography about protesting war. Your OEC is a short film about a pair of siblings: one who protests war, and the other who is drafted into the military.  

    Example: Your audition is ballet, and also includes technique in modern and Afro-Caribbean. Your OEC are of paintings based on choreographic patterns from any of the above forms as well as photos of specific source material for your choreographic inspiration. 

     

  • Design | Media Arts

     JPEG IMAGE UPLOAD

    Images can be no greater than 3 MB. 

    Maximum file dimensions are 1920 horizontal x 1200 vertical.

    Only JPEG images will be accepted.

     

    Q: Why can't I upload a 1200 x 1920 image?

    Your image will then exceed the maximum height requirement of 1200.  Maximum dimensions are 1920 horizontal on the X axis, and 1200 vertical on the Y axis.

     

    Q: Why are the maximum dimensions 1920 horizontal x 1200 vertical? What if my image is portrait?

    This is a standard high definition resolution for most monitors and projectors. To prevent distortions when viewing your image it is best that you ensure your image fits within a 1920X x 1200Y resolution display.

     

    Q: My image is 1200 x 1920; what should I resize it to?

    In this case, 750 x 1200.  Most image editing programs will automatically resize proportionally. 

     

    Q: My image is of a different size and does not fit, what should I resize it to?

    With your image editing software you can resize your image proportionally to fit within the maximum dimensions of 1920X x 1200Y.  

     

    Q: Can I put descriptions of each piece with each image?

    You are not able to include written descriptions of individual pieces in your portfolio, but for some department assignments, you will have space to describe your piece. Refer to the Supplemental Application Worksheets for more details. 

     

    Q: Why are my images showing up fuzzy/dull/low-resolution?

    On the student viewing end, the images will display at low resolution to save on bandwidth and ensure that your files upload quickly and easily.  On the faculty viewing end, the images display at full resolution. 

    We promise... the faculty can absolutely see your work as you intended :) We have requested this particular formatting so that our review process runs smoothly, but also does not compromise the viewing quality of student artwork. 

     

    Q: Why are my uploaded images a different color than my original piece?

    Sometimes Firefox displays incorrect colors when reviewing your artwork. Try Google Chrome as a browser.

     

    Q: I’ve uploaded my image and it is not showing up on the viewer, all I see is a red “X” icon indicating a broken image.  What do I do?

    Please email supplemental@arts.ucla.edu with your full name, application ID number and department to which you are applying. 

     

    Q: How recent do the portfolio works have to be?

    The faculty wishes to see your best, complete work.  There is no cutoff date in terms of when the work was generated.

     

    Q: I have an interactive piece at a URL but there isn't a place to put a URL. How can I show this work? 

     

    The faculty will not access external URLs. Interactive, gaming, and/or coding projects can be submitted as either still screenshots or time-based multimedia format.

     

    GENERAL FORMATTING

    You may use any photo editing software at your disposal to format your images.

     

    Q: I am trying to upload images but can't find the button. 

     

    If you are using Safari, this is a common problem. Please try a different browser-- Chrome and FireFox work best. If you are already using a different browser and your image upload button is still disappearing, please contact us at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu.  

     

    MULTIMEDIA FORMATTING

    By multimedia, we mean video, audio, animation, games, interactivity, code, etc. You may submit one single artwork piece within the file, or a combination of pieces compiled together as a reel. 

     

    Interactive, gaming, and/or coding projects can be submitted as either still screenshots or time-based multimedia format. For screenshots and time-based formats, please follow the instructions for Still Images and Multimedia, respectively.

     

    There is no file size limit set for the multimedia files. However, smaller file sizes (less than 720p) may yield faster and easier upload times from most home internet connections, and will be of sufficient quality for the faculty review.

     

    File types accepted:

     

    Video: Dvix (Div3/4/5)/DX50, DV, H263, H264/AVC, MPEG-4 Visual, MPEG-1/2, MJPG, MP42/3, IV40/50 (Indeo codecs), RV30/40, RMVB, FLV1/4, VP3/5/6/7/8, SVQ1/3 (Sorenson), XVid, Theora, WMV1/2/3, VC1, VP8, ProRes 422, ICOD, DVCPRO. PXLT, TCSS/TCS2, G2M3/4

    Audio: MP3, MP1/2, AC3, AAC, Vorbis, AMR, PCM, WMA7/8/9, WMSpeech, FLAC, QDM2, RA, Nellymoser, Cook, GSM, SPEEX.

     

     

    NOTE: Please ensure that your video/audio media files adhere to the time limits listed. Video/audio will not be viewed/listened to past the designated time limits.

     

     

    STILL IMAGE FORMATTING

    By still images, we mean drawing, painting, sculpture, photo, typography, screenshots, etc. in digital format.

    File type accepted: .jpeg

    Maximum file size: 1920w X 1200h pixels / 3MB

  • World Arts And Cultures/Dance - World Arts

    PRO TIP for this major: turn in your UC application sooner rather than later.

    When you submit your UC application, your application is logged at the main UC offices in Oakland. Then, the confirmation record is forwarded to UCLA Arts. Once we receive your record, we grant you access to your department supplement.

    This confirmation record typically takes 1-6 business days to process from the UC mainframe, which processes for all nine undergraduate UC campuses. As the November 30 deadline approaches, the confirmations tend to lag more because most students—upwards of 75%-- submit within the last 48 hours prior to the deadline. Additionally, processing can be delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday, because applications are not downloaded on holidays. Applications are also not processed over weekends. 

    If you submit on November 30, it might take until December 9-10 for your confirmation to come through, depending on holiday/weekend timing. Turning in the UC application sooner will give you more time to work on the supplemental application. 

     

    Q: I haven’t written a research paper, what do I do?

    For the research paper sample, the admissions committee is most interested in getting a sense of your academic writing, generation and presentation of original thought, a strong thesis statement supported by critical analysis, and proper citation of sources. You may write on any and all subject matter that you feel is relevant to your overall presentation to the department. 

    Here are some links that describe the definitions of different types of research papers, as well as help on how to write one. You may choose to write a new paper to fulfill this assignment, or you may find that something you have already written falls under these guidelines. 

    https://www.slideshare.net/AlinaStepanova4/how-to-write-a-research-paper-useful-tips-for-successful-academic-writing-65156660

    https://www.ipl.org/div/aplus/linkscommon.htm

    https://personal-writer.com/blog/7-most-popular-types-of-research-papers

    https://personal-writer.com/blog/research-papers-what-you-really-should-know-about-it

    https://www.infoplease.com/homework-help/writing-grammar/how-write-research-paper

    https://www.roanestate.edu/?12454-Research-Papers

    https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Research-Paper

    https://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Plagiarism

     

    Q: My research paper is longer than 12 pages.

    You may edit down the paper to fit 12 pages, or you may include an excerpt. If you submit an excerpt, you may include a short note explaining that your submission is part of a longer paper.

    If the body of your paper is at or less than 12 pages but your bibliography/reference page puts you over the 12-page limit, it is acceptable to upload the entire document even if the total page count is over 12 pages. As long as the actual body of the paper does not exceed 12 pages, the faculty will accept the document. 

     

    Q: My research paper is shorter than 6 pages. 

    You will have to add content to your research paper until the paper is six pages long.

    Please note that a cover page, and a reference list DO count towards the total 6-12 pages. 

     

    Q: Does the paper need to be from a class? Does it need to be graded? 

    You may use or repurpose a paper that you have written for a class. It does NOT need to be graded. 

     

    Q: Can I use one of my UC personal insight responses for the department supplemental prompt that responds to the department mission statement? 

    Your audience for your UC responses are “general UC readers”, and your audience for the UCLA Arts supplemental essays are your department faculty. The department faculty will read the supplemental essays first, and do have access to your UC responses. In the event that the reviewing faculty want more information about an applicant, they may refer to the UC responses. It is in your best interest to make your UC responses distinct from your UCLA Arts supplement essays. 

     

    Q: I need some help deciding on a topic for my research paper. Any advice?

    The research paper can be on any topic that pertains to your overall interest and anticipated experience within the major.

    From the department mission statement:

    “Defined by a dynamic blend of theory and practice, World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is led by a renowned faculty of scholars, activists, curators, filmmakers, and choreographers dedicated to critical cross-cultural analysis and art-making. Our department is the place to make dances, explore digital media, curate exhibitions, become an arts activist, and develop scholarly expertise in culture and the arts. We draw upon multiple disciplines and artistic approaches while encouraging students to position their work within broad social contexts.”

    The department is asking students to consider their practice from a variety of contexts. Within the supplemental application, you are building a holistic presentation for the faculty. The audition is one piece, but all elements of the application create an overall impression for the faculty so hopefully your research paper ties in somehow.

    Here are a few examples of how the supplemental application could look for different kinds of WAC applicants:

    Example: You are a slam poet who would eventually like to become a psychologist who specializes in LGBTQ issues. Your research paper discusses common themes found in the literary works of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. You also submit Other Evidence of Creativity that is a video of you performing slam poetry, and some examples of your written poetry.

    Example: You career goal is to become a photographer for National Geographic. Your research paper is an analysis of the biblical themes in the novel “Cry The Beloved Country”. You also submit a photo essay of gentrification in your neighborhood in Other Evidence of Creativity. 

    Example: You dance ballet folklorico and help run a small dance studio in your underserved community, where you are in charge of the after-school component which keeps kids off the street. Your paper is about how social outreach programs engage at-risk youth and lead to a reduction in crime. 

    Example: You are interested in how to increase access to higher education for indigenous peoples in America. Your research paper is about the obstacles faced by Native American/Alaskan indigenous populations when they try to access higher education.

     

    OTHER EVIDENCE OF CREATIVITY

    We have provided this space so that you can include curated creative material that relates directly to your major. This space is entirely optional; your application will not be negatively affected should you choose to not submit in this area.

    Here are some examples of how Other Evidence of Creativity (OEC) can be successfully utilized in the application:

     Example: You have an interest in public health for minority populations. Your OEC includes process photographs of a mural you painted with a group of children with developmental disabilities, as well as a video of yourself singing an original, self-composed song about the value of diversity.

    Example: You have an interest in arts activism. Your OEC is a video of an art performance piece done in two languages—your first language is not English, and the performance piece is about finding commonality across two cultures.

    Example: You have an interest in documentary cinema. Your OEC includes some clips or links to full documentaries that you have either made, or been involved in the making of, in any capacity. 

     

  • After You've Submitted

    Yay, you're all done! :) 

    After you've submitted your supplemental application, the department faculty move into their review. After conducting their supplemental review (which usually finishes in mid-February), the department will make admission recommendations to Undergraduate Admission. Undergraduate Admission will then review your academic record and ensure that you meet minimum UC eligibility (To view eligibility requirements for prospective freshmen, please visit https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/admission-requirements/freshman-requirements/. Prospective transfers, please visit https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/admission-requirements/transfer-requirements/preparing-to-transfer/basic-requirements.html

    Admission decisions are released by the main office for Undergraduate Admission-- the departments do not release admission information to students. Freshmen are notified in mid- to late March, and transfers in mid- to late April. Admission decisions are released online and by mail... you will be notified by email that your admission decision is available online, and your letter will drop that same day so will arrive a few days later per your postal service.

    Admission decisions are almost always released on a Friday, after 6pm PST. 

     

    Q: I have updates! I won a competition / got better grades / traveled / made some more art, etc. 

    A: For academic updates (grades, test scores), please send those to UCLA Undergraduate Admission: https://www.admission.ucla.edu/ContactForm/Applicant.aspx. For extracurricular updates, we can add those to your application notes. For new artwork, the departments will not be accepting updates to the portfolios/auditions at this time. 

     

    Q: Do I need to provide updates to my grades? 

    A: Any updates to your academic record will be requested by Undergraduate Admission. Please follow up with them promptly. 

     

     

     

     

  • Miscellaneous

    Q: When I cut and paste text into the supplement, the characters change (ex. “?????”). What is happening?

    Please check to see if your keyboard is set to United States English. Entering English/Roman Letters with a non-US Keyboard layout (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, etc.) doesn’t transmit to us as Roman characters.

    Q: Where can I find the supplemental application requirements? 

    The supplemental application requirements for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture are housed here: https://www.arts.ucla.edu/resource/prospective-students/undergraduate-admission/

    We keep the PDFs online year-round. New requirements for the current application year are typically updated by September 15. 

    You can also find the supplemental applications by major on the department websites: 

    Architectural Studies: https://www.aud.ucla.edu/academics/undergraduate 

    Art: https://art.ucla.edu/undergraduate/admissions.html

    Design|Media Arts: http://dma.ucla.edu/undergrad/apply/

    Dance: https://wacd.ucla.edu/programs/apply/undergraduate/dance

    World Arts and Cultures: https://wacd.ucla.edu/programs/apply/undergraduate/wac

    Q: Can you tell me more about the supplemental application fee and fee waiver?

    There will be a $55.00 non-refundable processing fee associated with this supplemental application. You will be prompted when you first sign in to the online upload system, and this fee is payable by credit card or echeck. If you have received a UC Fee Waiver , you will not be responsible for this additional fee and will not see the payment prompt. UCLA Arts will also accept fee waivers from College BoardNACAC, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family hardship. Please contact us by November 30 for fee waiver consideration at supplemental@arts.ucla.edu. 

    Q: I missed the application deadline/I decided I don't want to submit my supplemental application after all, but already paid the fee. Can I get a refund?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds for these situations. Thank you for your understanding.

    Q: Do you offer portfolio reviews?

    We do not offer portfolio reviews for prospective students. We recommend taking a look at our faculty advice documents on our "Apply" page (https://www.aud.ucla.edu/academics/undergraduate) as well as viewing archived galleries of student work on department websites and social media to get a better idea of the type of work our students are producing.  

  • Sophomore Level Transfers

    Q: Which majors consider sophomore transfers? 

    The majors in Architectural Studies, Art, Dance, Design|Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures will consider sophomore-level transfers, defined as students with less than 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

    Q: What is a profile of a sophomore transfer?

    If you were a borderline case (ex. waitlisted, but didn't get off the waitlist) freshman applicant and would like to try applying again, you don't have to wait for two years. Freshmen and transfer students are looked at separately in the admission process. 

    Q: How do I indicate that I am a sophomore-level transfer on the UC Application?

    Students who meet sophomore-level transfer criteria are now able to select sophomore-level transfer status on the UC Application. However, in the case that your intended program is not listed as available under the sophomore-level transfer status, you can apply as a junior-level transfer applicant level in the UC Application. If you have under 60 semester or 90 quarter units reported, you will be evaluated as a sophomore-level transfer by Undergraduate Admission.

    Q: What criteria do I need to meet to be a sophomore transfer?

    Please note that meeting minimum UC Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the University. The requirements listed below represent the minimum academic criteria for eligibility to the University of California.

    On the UC application, true sophomore-level transfers MUST meet the following academic criteria: 

    I. Must take two courses in English composition/critical thinking and writing and one Math/quantitative reasoning course (with a prerequisite of intermediate algebra or higher) with a B average in all three classes (ex. all Bs; 2 As, 1 C).

    *1 of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an 3+ on the AP English Language/Composition or AP English Literature/Composition exams.

     

    II. Must have met minimum freshman UC eligibility requirements out of high school (https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/admission-requirements/freshman-requirements/)

     

    Additional info that could be useful to you:  

    - For California community college students, IGETC is strongly recommended, but not required… although if students are JR level then IGETC is strongly recommended because it gives you more space in your schedule to take major coursework at UCLA.

    - Any major prep coursework listed on ASSIST.org is *recommended*, but not required. Students should focus on taking arts studio courses that they feel will give them a challenging and supportive art-making environment. We do not emphasize taking classes that are UC-transferable since the department has final say over which courses they will accept towards their major, and we do not prioritize the AA pathway.

    - You may use https://www.transferology.com/ as another articulation resource as well as the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for course recommendations: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/Prospect/Adm_tr/tradms.htm

  • Junior Level Transfers

    Please note that meeting minimum UC Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the University. The requirements listed below represent the minimum academic criteria for eligibility to the University of California.

    Junior-Level Transfer Applicants 

    - At least 60 semester or 90 quarter units (projected by end of Spring)

    - 3.0 GPA (at time of application)

    - 2 English courses (critical thinking and writing + composition)* and 1 math course (pre-requisite of intermediate algebra or higher) with a grade of ‘B’ or better across all 3 courses. 

    All campuses recommend that you complete math and English as early as possible.

    *1 of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an 3+ on the AP English Language/Composition or AP English Literature/Composition exams.

    Additional info that could be useful to you:  

    - For California community college students, IGETC is strongly recommended, but not required… although if students are JR level then IGETC is strongly recommended because it gives you more space in your schedule to take major coursework at UCLA.

    - Any major prep coursework listed on ASSIST.org is *recommended*, but not required. Students should focus on taking arts studio courses that they feel will give them a challenging and supportive art-making environment. We do not emphasize taking classes that are UC-transferable since the department has final say over which courses they will accept towards their major, and we do not prioritize the AA pathway.

    - You may use https://www.transferology.com/ as another articulation resource as well as the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for course recommendations: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/Prospect/Adm_tr/tradms.htm