UCLA Extension

UCLA Extension is a key educational partner with In Unison in creating sustainable, educational change in Los Angeles and around the world. Combining new courses with selections from UCLA’s catalog of 3500 courses.

UCLA Extension Dean Wayne Smutz has a broad vision for education in Los Angeles and the partnership with In Unison helps to enable ways to

  • “Seek ways to enhance the student experience across multiple types of programs
  • Reach audiences/students that may need a second or third chance, or who may never have had a chance to access higher education
  • Take on challenging projects that demand creativity and innovation
  • Experiment with new pedagogical approaches to help us provide memorable, exciting, and relevant learning experiences


Join One of Our Classes

Do you have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Do you wish you could create real change while building your own future? Welcome to community-based education. You can make a difference AND get an education. These new courses will be taught in communities across the City of Los Angeles, in WorkSource Centers, schools, and neighborhood spaces near you. Register now!

Transforming Your Community

Designed to help anyone go from an idea to successfully building a project in their community. If you want to make life better for you and your neighbors by building a community garden, upgrading lighting, creating a park, refurbishing low-income housing, or almost anything you can imagine–this is the course for you. Students will learn how to create a project plan, gather resources, design and virtually create the project, work through permitting, plan for constructing the project, and understand how to sustain it over time. The focus is on making your community a safer, better, and more peaceful place while doing so in an eco-friendly way.

In Unison Virtual Community Action Planning

If you can imagine it, you can design it. Focusing on creating a virtual, high-resolution design of a planned project, students will virtualize their neighborhood using GIS, CAD, BIM, and 3D scanning technologies. Then, students will identify opportunities and challenges to creating new projects while considering socio-economics, natural systems, and people. All neighborhood studies will relate to a local ecosystem like a river, lake, wetlands or other. Using these tools, students will apply them to a broad range of applications such as supporting urban intervention and first response, planning for water and energy, ensuring accessibility, utilizing space, and using community assets.

Environmental Design for Social Justice

The choices we make affect the environment, and in return it affects the way we think, learn, interact, communicate, and behave toward our self and others. Students will develop a clear understanding of the relationship among socioeconomic factors, buildings and cities, and natural systems. Students will create products that sustain a creative-lifecycle green economy. Using design science, life cycle methodologies, immersive tools, geometry found in nature and fundamental universal principle, students will develop green projects for a more eco-friendly city. The course will use technical and scientific spatial data to record and analyze multiple perspectives, as well as existing standards from government and industry. Come experience the integration of applied knowledge and create solutions that bring into balance the complex environment around you.