The Arts Initiative (Arts IN) Program is specifically designed for AAP juniors and seniors who have the passion for the arts and the desire to engage in interdisciplinary research within the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the arts are highly encouraged to apply. Arts In Scholars will conduct a research project with the guidance of a faculty and a graduate student adviser.

Examples of research of past Arts In scholars focused on the following: performing arts, street arts (graffiti, contemporary/historical muralisms), sculptor, fine arts, radical museum curation, funding for the arts in public education, art therapy, arts in the sciences, creative writing, dance, digital art, music, and gentrification.

Arts IN Scholars will be:

  • Exposed to research tools and mentors that help conceptualize how arts can be integrated into different fields;
  • Given space to rigorously reflect on their passion for the arts and their contribution to society;
  • Trained to present their research to broad audience.

Eligibility Requirements

Arts IN applicants must:

  • Be an AAP Junior, Senior, or Transfer student
  • Have a passion for the arts
  • Have the motivation to engage in independent research
  • Be interested in learning about graduate or professional school programs

Program Timeline


  • Apply


  • Enroll in the weekly Arts IN Program 2-unit Honors Collegium Seminar (HC 193A)
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the Arts IN Coordinator
  • Learn the nuts & bolts of graduate or professional school application
  • Procure a faculty mentor
  • Develop a research proposal


  • Enroll in a SRP 99 or Departmental 199 with faculty mentor
  • Attend regular cohort meetings with the Arts IN Scholars
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the Arts IN Coordinator
  • Create a portfolio of relevant documents for graduate applications
  • Present research project at the annual UCLA Undergraduate Research Week

How Do I Apply to the Arts IN Program?

Application is open and due in the Fall.


To learn more about the Arts In program, application process, come to an information sessions in the Fall quarter (RSVP on MyUCLA). Call (310) 794-4186 to schedule an appointment or visit us in 1202 Campbell Hall.

Contact Us

For more information and application assistance, please contact:

(310) 794-4186 | 1202 Campbell Hall