The Arts Initiative (Arts IN) Program is specifically designed for AAP Juniors, Seniors, and transfer students who have the desire to engage in interdisciplinary research connected to the arts. Examples of research of past Arts IN scholars focused on the following: activism, art education, graffiti art, muralisms, hip-hop, art therapy, community development, creative writing, dance, digital arts, non-profit development, film making analysis, information management, information studies, journalism, museum curation, music, non-profit development, performance, public health, theater and visual arts, and ethnic studies. Arts(IN) scholars will perform their research with the guidance of a faculty and graduate student advisor. The program seeks students who wish to explore the realm of their own discipline centering in on art, social justice, and critical praxis.

Arts IN Scholars will be:

  • Exposed to tools and mentors that help them conceptualize how arts can be integrated into different fields. The goal of the program includes helping students to clarify their own vision and development as a scholar.
  • Given the space to rigorously reflect on their passion for the arts and their contribution to society.
  • Required to research graduate schools/programs, draft application materials, and write research proposals.
  • Trained to present their research to broad audiences.

ARTS IN Objectives and Goals

  • Mentor students to integrate their artistic passions and graduate study
  • Prepare students to apply for graduate school and financial aid opportunities
  • Provide students with research experience
  • Prepare students to apply for graduate and or professional school
  • Work closely with a faculty advisor and graduate mentor

Eligibility Requirements

Arts IN applicants must:

  • Be an AAP Junior, Senior, or Transfer student
  • Have a passion for art and integrating it with research
  • Be interested in applying to graduate school within two years of graduation
  • Motivated to engage in independent research
  • Manage course load and cohort program responsibilities
  • Commit to the program during Winter and Spring quarters

Program Timeline


  • Submit application


  • 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 the weekly Arts IN Program 2-unit seminar
  • Enroll in a SRP 99 with faculty mentor
  • 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

For more information on program requirements, please contact:

Arts IN Coordinator
1202 Campbell Hall