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 26, 2018 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

  • Students discover the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs. From principles of finance, such as compound interest, time value of money, and portfolio theory, they move on to how finance and financial markets actually work. They address the main business principles of strategic planning, marketing, economics, finance and accounting. Concepts covered include SWOT analysis, developing a marketing strategy, as well as working through how to create a product centered company, and draft a business plan. For their final project, they create a mock company that they present in a “Shark Tank”, mirroring the high pressure, quick tempo presentations used at colleges, business schools, and startup incubators around the world.

  • This experiential course is intended to make students familiar with the fundamentals of engineering by introducing them to its different fields. They learn how to utilize skills they already possess and apply them to various sets of engineering problems. They also become familiar with different types of engineering judgments in order to be able to adopt efficient solutions to problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

  • A general introduction for students interested in a career as health-care professionals, this hands-on course includes an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, medical-history taking, aspects of physical examination, including learning to take Vital Signs, and introduction to neurosciences, brain function, and laboratory interpretation, all illustrated by reviews of clinical cases. Alongside, students present their own research regarding key controversies in medicine today.

  • In the city of music publishers, this multidisciplinary course gets to grips with the mechanisms of the $50 billion global music industry, paying particular attention to how it generates profits in an age of changing listening habits. Alongside, the course mines anthropology, brain science, biology, history, and literature, not to mention practical experiments, to understand how it is that music has come to play such a core role in our lives: why and how it affects listeners, how our brains respond to and process music, how it is utilized by advertisers, movie-makers, and artists, and how it is affecting the way humanity understands itself and interacts.

  • 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.

  • This course reveals the inner-workings of the $65-billion dollar global sports business. Sessions cover a wide range of topics including marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, ownership, and legal and financial structures. The primary focus is on American sports including the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, but the course also examines global models such as the Premiership, la Liga, the Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup. Students visit world-renowned sports venues including the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium.

Production & Workshop

  • The purpose of this course is to prepare students for auditioning at the professional level in Los Angeles. The course will aim to cover cold-reading, script analysis, character development, the Stanislavski Method, Meisner Technique, on-camera work, auditioning, monologues and business/ marketing for actors. Students also visit a studio and meet with professionals in the field.

  • In the city that’s home to some of the most creative and top-earning agencies in the world, like 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. Thinking through the relationships between advertisers, media platforms, and audiences, and drawing on their creative skills, they settle on a cause or product and create and run their own campaign.

  • Students leverage everyday instruments, such as smartphones, to gain insight into the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems, design and development frameworks, problem-solving, coding, and in Android and Apple application design, and web frameworks. They are exposed to, among others, Java, iOS App Design, Swift, and Objective-C as they identify a space in the market and design an app to fill it. Lab fee of $150 US for Major; $75 US for Workshop.

  • 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 the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Through a combination of discussions, guest speakers, and visits to industry institutions, this course introduces students to the history of the film and television industry, its current state, and addresses the challenges under which it is burdened. Students are taught how movies and TV shows are made, from idea conception to delivery. Specifically, they gain knowledge of the 3-act structure for film and the 5-act structure for television. They leave the program with an overall understanding of the U.S. Entertainment Industry while also having the skills to compose, pitch, give and receive constructive criticism from their peers on their unique story idea.

  • An introduction to photography in which students learn to use their camera's manual shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings to control exposure and effects. They learn composition and lighting, and experiment with angle, framing, lens choice, and exposure. They present their work and learn how to give and receive criticism. Using LA as their backdrop, they practice different styles of photography. Finally, each student curates a selection of photographs to exhibit in a final show. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • This course introduces students to the principles of writing for the screen, focusing on the construction of strong characters, story development, and 3-act narrative structure. Through practical exercises, students develop an original idea for a feature script and learn to shape it into pitch and treatment format. Professionals address the class, offering insight into Hollywood and best practices for presenting work to agents, producers, and studios.