All Ratings and Reviews for Dell Upton
Class depends completely on your TA. Mine was helpful in terms of discussion but graded everything pretty hard. Midterm and final are a lot of writing, but mainly focus on identifying the buildings discussed.
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I had a great TA and the professor was great at explaining all concepts during the lecture.
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The only reason why I did well in this class is because I had a wonderful TA. Otherwise, good luck to ya. There are weekly quizzes in section that end up being a significant part of your grade (25% quizzes + 10% participation for going to section). According to the syllabus, the quizzes should have been on weekly outside readings (that didn't really pertain to class material in my opinion) but they ended up being mostly on stuff we talked about in lecture, which was manageable. Friends with other TAs however had different quizzes that were much more difficult and required religiously going over the readings and attending lecture (and retaining info) to get full credit.
The midterm and final aren't difficult if you can stay awake during lecture to take good notes and are able to memorize 25 ish works (name, date, architect(s), location) for slide identifications. Prof Upton is not an engaging lecturer so if you struggle to stay awake or pay attention as it is, don't take this class. I think I would have enjoyed the material more if I didn't dread going to lecture and listening to a man monotonously drone on about buildings.
TLDR: your TA will make or break your grade and Prof Upton isn't that great.
The class actually turned out to be much more interesting than I thought it would be since it covered a lot of the social and historical aspects of architecture apart from the aesthetics part of it. He does produce great content, but his delivery is rather dull and it's really easy to fall asleep in class. The textbook was not necessary at all, but you will need to do the readings or at least skim them.
Took this class as a GE and honestly didn't pan out too badly. Managed to get full grades on all the quizzes without having to study for them (this was mostly a result of passively listening during lecture). Make sure to use the study aids as your primary resource - these are the only buildings you truly need to pay attention to. Office hours are useful if you didn't catch something he said in lecture. The TAs are extremely helpful and willing to share their resources and tips with you (I had Heather, she was great!). The exams are part rote memorization and part BS (you can get through them by just knowing the basic artistic movements)
Would recommend as a GE but definitely have to put a little effort in to get your grade.
COURSE TAKEN!!!: GE CLUSTER 66A: LOS ANGELES
You could tell that he knew what he was talking about but he couldn't always articulate it in an understandable way. His lecture were really boring and it made many student want to fall asleep. Even though I did not go to his office hours he was easier to talk to after class and often explained concepts better then as well.
most knowledgeable professor i've had at UCLA, the people who rated him are out of their minds. if you go to the lectures and take notes (and you'll take a lot) you'll be fine for the exams. he's a bit of a visionary and cares about all kinds of social and spatial relationships more than about structure which makes it all very interesting. very critical and subtle, never banal, sometimes he'll say something really funny. loved both him and his class.
Art History: 113C (not as it says above)
awesome guy. makes lecture interesting. knows his stuff. tests are heavy on writing and conceptual knowledge. not toooo much memorization. haven't gotten final grade yet. but i thoroughly enjoyed this class
LOS ANGELES THE CLUSTER
Upton's lectures tended to be long and boring. That being said it's very clear that he really puts an effort into his presentations and he does really care about his students. For the most part going to lectures wasn't the most necessary thing for the course. At the end of the day the most important material was only taught about a week before an assignment is due and because there are no tests nobody is really checking to make sure you did the work. Highly recommend taking Los Angeles cluster. It's a great way to learn about the city we go to school in.
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