Course Directory

Our students choose any two courses from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon WORKSHOP. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Workshop offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Workshop to be a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to Oxbridge at UCLA on or before January 27, 2017 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • In the city that’s home to some of the most creative and top-earning agencies in the world, like 72andSunny, RPA, Ignited, and David & Goliath, students discover the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Scouring LA for case studies and creative examples, they explore different types of advertising, branding, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Drawing on their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product or a cause, create and run their own campaign.

  • California is home to many of the world’s most influential companies. Thousands of start-ups compete constantly for a chance to turn their ideas into profitable reality. Making use of the unique mix of marketing and funding resources that makes Los Angeles so fertile for business, students examine the high-tech industry from the conception to the realization of a successful company, and every step in-between, including costing an idea, presenting it to potential bidders, and publicizing it. As a final project students work in small groups to create their own start-ups, brainstorming and developing their own businesses, branding, and ultimately marketing their product to the entire student body.

  • Students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs - such as bonds, stock markets, derivatives, and capital markets - while familiarizing themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course activities range from trips to the Port of Los Angeles, the site of the former LA Stock Exchange, real-life case studies, and a stock exchange investment game.

  • Students learn the principles and mathematics that go into engineering science. Using local and world-famous examples, they apply principles of engineering to a variety of case studies to solve mathematical, mechanical, structural, design, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

  • Led by experts in finance and film, this course explores how big budget, larger-than-life spectacles have come to dominate the big screen (and box office) year after year. From Jaws to Lord of Rings, via Star Wars, and the superhero franchises, students analyze the reasons behind Hollywood’s big releases and why some succeed and some fail. They also examine the blockbuster’s hand in the development of special effects, 360-degree marketing, and merchandising, envisaging futures for both the genre and for big studios in an age of indie successes and Netflix.

  • Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics that include dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methodologies and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and practicing clinicians.

  • Guided by professionals, students immerse themselves in this increasingly important facet of medicine, addressing biomechanics, physical therapy to achieve peak fitness, psychology, nutrition, and the different short- and long-term injuries athletes suffer in their careers. Students practice emergency training for injuries and address the widespread use of illegal substances in sport and their physical and psychological side-effects. 

Production & Workshop

  • The world’s aspiring actors flock to Los Angeles in the hope of making a name for themselves on the big or the small screen. With instruction from classically-trained actors and directors, students practice various acting techniques for stage and film and address areas as diverse as theory, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, all while exploring what it really takes to make it big in Tinseltown.

  • In this Workshop, students perfect their college application skills through classes on college essay writing, mock interviews, and seminars on what to consider when choosing a college. They profit from visits with admissions counselors who provide them with the dos and don’ts of college admissions, giving them an inside track to an ever-more competitive process. Workshop Only

  • With a body of alumni that includes Francis Ford Coppola, Ben Stiller, and Rob Reiner, UCLA has established itself as a core contributor to the dream factory that is Hollywood. Led by professional screenwriters and directors, and taking advantage of the resources of the location, students brainstorm, write, and produce their own short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

  • Students transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Being an effective and persuasive speaker requires flawless communication skills – verbal, nonverbal, and written. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history and theory of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students learn how to structure and organize information, gain decision-making skills, and acquire knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively. Workshop Only

  • Students are introduced to the principles of writing for the screen, focusing on characterization, story development and narrative structure. They analyze various pilots and practice writing specs. Professionals from the industry address the class, offering insight into the world of writing in Hollywood and best practices for presenting work to agents, producers, and studios.