Art, Architecture, and Design


  • These classes immerse students in rich and engaging readings, visuals, videos, fieldwork, and discussions.
  • Many courses have multiple levels to meet student target goals, backgrounds, and proficiency.
  • Courses are open to learners at any level:
    • native, multilingual, and non-native speaking students;
    • visiting international and U.S. resident students as well as current Cal students.


Courses provide the opportunity to improve and refine language and communication skills as well as broaden your knowledge of how environments can be transformed through planning, policy, art, design, and social action.

Topics covered include

  • Basic design principles and theory
  • Artistic techniques
  • Connections among form, function, and structure

Skills include

  • Critical interpretation, analyses, synthesis, and evaluation
  • Public Speaking and critique
  • Written communication
  • Discupline-specific vocabulary development
  • Active listening
  • Close reading
  • Note-taking


Coming soon:

  • Intensive English Practice: English for Architecture