As the premiere public arts school in the nation, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the broader community. One of 12 prestigious professional schools at the University, the School of the Arts and Architecture offers leading programs in four degree-granting departments: Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design | Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Our commitment to innovative education, pioneering research, dynamic public service, and community engagement is fueled by our unwavering belief in the fundamental value of creativity and the artist?s unique ability to change the world and shape the future. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with distinguished faculty who rank among the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, performers, ethnographers, and scholars of our time. Grounded in an understanding of the profound interdependence between creativity and academic research, our innovative and rigorous programs combine studio-based practice with critical studies and liberal arts scholarship?all within the context of a leading research university. In advancing this holistic approach to arts education, the school strives to motivate and empower its students to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century. Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the School offers a cosmopolitan arena for study and experimentation that reflects the diversity of our students and faculty. Los Angeles, a city on the leading edge of the 21st century, continues to attract pioneers in the arts and sciences who embrace the forward-looking spirit, dynamism, freedom, and possibilities for innovation that characterize this city.