I just happened to notice your post and can give you some second hand info but you might want to PM geofio if you want first hand info. That post was written back in January and he/she may not still be tracking this thread because I believe he/she is headed to another school.
My daughter auditioned at UCLA for MT and was accepted but also is headed elsewhere for various reasons. However, we both absolutely were impressed with the program and thought it among the strongest we encountered. UCLA was among my personal favorites by a wide margin.
What I remember specifically about the audition day including the part I sat in on directly and then what she told me was this:
It starts with a very detailed info session where they do an excellent job at describing in fine detail what the program is and what it is not. Long story short, you come to UCLA for the work itself, not with an expectation of being in a million performances because there are not that many and it is possible to go to UCLA for 4 years and never be cast. The instructors are really impressive and well connected. UCLA as a school, campus and peer group is also fantastic. But theatre students need to commit to being there for the training. My take away was the statement: “even if you are the most talented person in the room, if we detect that you do not want to be here [for the training], you will not get admitted”. The parents sit in on that session. Afterwards the students went off to audition. I think dance was first for everyone because they all had changed into their dance clothes even before the info session. My daughter told me that the dance audition was difficult. I can’t scale it for you because I wasn’t there but I remember her saying it was one of the harder ones that she encountered. The ballet teacher was great.
Their website will give you the details of what is required in terms of monologues and songs. I don’t know if it changes from year to year or not. This year it was two contrasting 1 ½ minute monologues one written prior to 1800 and then a contemporary piece. The songs also had to be two 16 bar selections, one ballad and the other up tempo. You had to be prepared to sing the entire song if asked. I believe my daughter did indeed sing more than 16 bars of both of them. I also think her singing was last and by the time that section came around, several of the other auditors (acting and dance) were also in the room and asking her questions.
There was no improvisation per se but they did change things up both for the singing and the acting sections to see how she would work with it.
There was also an interview. In fact at every phase of the audition, she really felt that UCLA wanted to know who she was beyond the artistic side, much more so than most of the other schools that she auditioned at. She really liked that about their approach. So be sure you are prepared to show them who you are beyond your artistry because they will want to know.
We also attended the accepted theatre students’ open house in April. It was a long and very detailed day but once again, I was absolutely impressed with the program and the quality of the faculty and of the theatre students currently in the program. One data point that we couldn’t help but notice is that probably 95% or more of the students who were accepted this year were from California. We are out of state and were not entirely sure how we felt about the ratio. I asked privately about that and was told that that ratio will be changing because the department is under pressure to get more out of state students for their tuition dollars. So if you are from out of state, next year could be a year of that being an advantage.
Anyway, that is what I remember. I wish you all of the best. It is a fantastic school and program.