JumpStart Summer Institute

JumpStart Summer Institute: Introduction to Architecture


The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers a four-week program exploring architectural education for individuals contemplating careers in architecture, design, and related fields. The program carries 6 quarter units of UC credit. The program is 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. JumpStart is open to all majors.


  • 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.
  • Gain 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.
  • 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 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.


To participate in the Jumpstart Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently have a high school diploma (equivalent)

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.

Registration for the Jumpstart Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, then “Submit”.
  4. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the CashNet payment page to proceed with payment of the non-refundable deposit . Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form, log out, and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay. An email with instructions to retrieve registration will be sent within an hour of submitting your registration.

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.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program


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
  • 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.

Program Dates

JULY 9 - AUGUST 3, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 2: FAFSA Deadline for UCLA Students

APRIL 1-30: UCLA Summer Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Available

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for All College/Professional Summer Institutes

JUNE 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session C)

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for All College/Professional Summer Institutes

JUNE 22: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session A) - International Students ONLY

JULY 9 - AUGUST 3: Jumpstart Summer Institute