New Genres at UCLA
The New Genres Area curriculum includes moving image, sound, performance, installation, hybrid, and emerging art forms. The program invites students to question preconceived ideas about the roles art plays in society, and to examine how these roles are impacted by specific forms and mediums. To that end, students are encouraged to experiment with artistic process, to track the way that ideas change as they move through various modes of production, and to examine how content is affected by methods of display and dissemination.
New Genres Faculty
Assistant Professor and Area Head
New Genres Lab Supervisor
Location & Contact Information
New Genres Area Location
The New Genres Area is located on the second floor of the Broad Art Center, Gallery Wing
New Genres Classrooms – 2122 and 2135
New Genres Editing Suites – 2132 and 2136
New Genres Installation Spaces – 2118, 2145, 2147, 2138, and 2140
New Genres Lab Supervisor
T: (310) 206-3888
Office: Broad Art Center Suite 2124
Lab Supervisor Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Faculty Office Hours
Email faculty directly to arrange virtual office hours
New Genres Faculty
Vishal Jugdeo, Assistant Professor and Area Head
T: (310) 206-3888
Office: 2139 Broad Art Center
Facilities & Equipment
New genres classrooms are equipped with projectors, Apple computers, sound systems, and media carts capable of playing DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes. The work rooms adjacent to new genres classrooms are used as shared studio and exhibition spaces by students enrolled in new genres classes. Students may also use classrooms, work rooms, and classroom computers outside of class time. Other facilities available for students enrolled in new genres classes are listed below.
Instructional Materials Fee
All students must pay an Instructional Materials fee each quarter they are enrolled in new genres classes. As of January 2019, the fee is $75 and payable to UC Regents. This quarterly fee supports student facilities and equipment and is required for access to the Video Viewing Room, New Genres Editing Suites, and all tools and equipment related to new genres classes. Students not enrolled in new genres classes also may gain access to new genres equipment by paying this Instructional Materials fee.
The New Genres Animation Room is available for students to create 2D stop-motion animation. The room is set up with a camera that records directly to Dragonframe computer software. Students wishing to use the Animation Room must stop by the New Genres Office or email to schedule a tutorial with the new genres lab supervisor.
The New Genres Area manages a large collection of equipment for student use. Equipment is available for three-day check out (Monday to Thursday) and four-day check out (Thursday to Monday).* Production and exhibition equipment includes various video cameras (standard definition, HD, and 4K), digital single-lens-reflex cameras, sound-recording equipment, lighting kits, green-screen equipment, video projectors, Super 8 mm and 16 mm projectors, flat-screen and box monitors, DVD players, media players, loudspeakers, and various small power tools. Students can reserve equipment in person or via email. Equipment checkout and return times are posted on the New Genres Office door, and on the area’s bulletin board and webpage. *Please review and confirm checkout days and times to avoid late penalties. Equipment Check Out: Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Equipment Return: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Genres Editing Suites – Rooms 2132 & 2136
The New Genres Area offers two private video- and audio-editing suites for student use. Suite 2136 has two editing stations, each equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Bridge, and more. Suite 2132 is outfitted with a broadcast studio microphone, acoustical paneling, and Pro Tools audio-mixing software,* in addition to Adobe Creative Cloud. These rooms are available for art students with the skills to work independently. Sign-up sheets for one-to-four-hour blocks are posted on the suite doors. Students must stop by the New Genres Office to review policies and check out suite keys. *Students wishing to use Pro Tools must stop by the New Genres Office or email to schedule a tutorial with the new genres lab supervisor.
New Genres Installation Spaces: Rooms 2118, 2138, 2140, 2145, 2147
Three new genres installation spaces are available to undergraduate students for two-week residencies. Each space is approximately 10 × 12′. Residency reservations open at the beginning of each quarter and students may sign up once per quarter. Students not currently enrolled in a new genres class are also eligible to sign up, but projects must be new genres–related. At the end of their residency, students must leave the space in the same condition as they received it. In addition to short-term residencies, the New Genres Area also offers quarter-long residencies to graduating seniors developing new genres projects. These residences are available Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, with two students selected each quarter from the applications received. For more information about the new genres installation spaces, residencies, and rules, stop by the New Genres Office.
The New Genres Media Resource Database has over one thousand DVDs available for students to check out and view on campus in our Video Viewing Room. The expanding collection contains video art, experimental films, art documentaries, and documentation of artists’ lectures and performances. Books on new genres art and artists are also available for check out. Stop by the New Genres Office to view our catalog of titles.
New Genres Undergraduate & Graduate Courses
Undergraduate New Genres Courses
ART 11D. New Genres
Studio, eight hours; five hours arranged. Introduction to projects in moving image, sound, performance, installation, hybrid, and emerging forms and processes. P/NP or letter grading.
ART 137. Advanced New Genres
Studio, eight hours; seven hours arranged. Requisite: course 11D. Emphasis to be selected by faculty members from one or more of following media: moving image, sound, performance, installation, hybrid, or emerging forms and processes. May be repeated for maximum of 20 units. Letter grading.
ART 137A. Advanced New Genres: Topics in Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Studio, eight hours; seven hours arranged. Requisite: course 11D. Varied approaches to new genres media and content to develop students' technical, expressive, and conceptual tools to understand and explore anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Combination of courses 137 and 137A may be repeated for maximum of 20 units. Letter grading.
Art 197. Individual Studies in Art
Units: 2 to 4
Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average in major. Corequisite: course 190. Limited to junior/senior art majors. Individual intensive studio project or independent study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Tangible evidence of project or mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. Letter grading.
Art 198. Honors Research in Art
Units: 2 to 4
Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average overall, 3.5 grade-point average in major. Corequisite: course 190. Limited to junior/senior art majors. Development and completion of comprehensive research or studio project under direct supervision of faculty member. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. Letter grading.
New Genres Graduate Studies
The New Genres Area is one of six areas of study offered in the M.F.A. art program. Graduate students are exposed to theoretical frameworks, historical precedents, and current examples of moving image, sound, performance, installation, hybrid, and emerging art forms and processes in combination with continued independent practice, experimentation, and critique.
New genres faculty Jennifer Bolande and Vishal Jugdeo serve as the primary advisors to students admitted to this area of study. Students also may work with faculty from other areas within the Department of Art or other departments across the university.
All M.F.A. students are offered the use of off-campus individual studios in the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios, located in Culver City. In addition to individual studio spaces, the studio building houses photography, sculpture, ceramics, and computer labs, as well as open spaces for exhibitions, lectures, and group critiques. Although the Department of Art does not offer graduate-level courses in the summer, the graduate studios are open year round.
M.F.A. applicants to the New Genres Area, please note: “New genres” may include artists who work in theater, film, music, writing, or new media, but generally only when they also have a strong engagement with the contemporary visual-art field.
Graduate New Genres Courses
ART 275. Graduate New Genres
Units: 2 to 8
Studio, eight hours. Studies in alternative media, including projects in moving image, sound, performance, installation, hybrid, and emerging forms and processes. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. Letter grading.
Art 276. Graduate Group Critique
Discussion, four hours; tutorial, to be arranged. Group critique/discussion of students' research. Additional tutorial meetings by arrangement with instructor. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.
Art C280. Graduate Seminar
Seminar, three hours. Advanced topics in critical theory and study of contemporary art, with emphasis on individuals, issues, and methodologies. Possible areas of study include structuralism, deconstruction, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, commodification, and censorship. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C180. Letter grading.