Project Description


The historic theaters in Downtown Los Angeles are part of a rich cultural legacy that provides insight into the architectural practices of the early 20th centuries.  This project investigates how these monuments were constructed, decorated, and used through in-depth archival research, photogrammetric modeling, and a variety of interactive visualizations including virtual and augmented reality platforms and network analyses. Students will work with technologists,  learn about information professionals, and architectural historians best practices and standards associated with these research methods and will participate in outreach activities aiming to involve local enthusiasts, experts, and communities

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: Jul 2-Jul 30, 2017
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Total Cost: $2,530
  • Course Type: Field and Archival Research
  • Payment Deadline: April 21, 2017
  • Instructors: Dr. Steven Nelson
  • Orientation:  TBA
Program Closed


The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Steven Nelson
Dr. Steven Nelson
Dr. Nelson is a Professor of African and African American Art History in the Department of Art History at UCLA.


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Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


You will be responsible for finding appropriate housing during the field school. Once notified of acceptance into the field school you will be sent an overview of recommended housing options near UCLA. The teaching assistants will work with you and provide assistance as you select and secure housing. A 30-day TAP card will be provided on July 2 to facilitate traveling to and from your housing to UCLA and to Downtown Los Angeles during site visits.

You will be responsible for obtaining breakfast each day. We will meet at UCLA at 8:30 Monday-Saturday. A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm. At 5:00 pm we will get together in the lab to briefly discuss the day’s work. Every work group will give a quick summary on their results, problems and successes. Work in the labs and library concludes each day at 5:30pm. On Mondays we will eat dinner as a group and review the overall team progress and next steps. The rest of the week you will be responsible for securing your own dinner.

Travel Info

If you are coming from out of town, you should plan to arrive in Los Angeles by July 2, 2017. On July 3, students will meet with the team at 8:30 am outside of the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. We will provide an orientation to the labs and introduce team members before the introductory lectures.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.