• Kevin

    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

  • Sam

    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.

  • Carpenter

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

  • Peter

    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

  • World Arts Field Studies

    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • Shorter

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

  • WACD


    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

  • Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

We offer a BA degree in World Arts and Cultures that focuses on three concentrations: community-based, arts activism; studies of visual culture; and critical ethnographies.


We offer a BA in Dance offering training and education in performance, composition, dance theory, videography, and dance in the public sphere.


We offer graduate training toward an MFA in Dance for those pursuing a professional choreographic career.


We offer both MA and PhD degrees in Culture and Performance where students develop

scholarly approaches to variously combined aspects of the

arts, globalization, curation, film, ritual, colonialisms,

politics, healing, and critical dance studies.


Interesting in applying to our graduate programs? Then learn about admissions now.

In the News

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Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism

SAVE THE DATE!! - MAY 6, 12-1 PM, 200 GKH -
Special department-wide talk!

Through the efforts of WACD Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, Vic Marks, Professor Danny Solorzano will be presenting his research on micro-aggression to us in the form of a “Town Hall" on Tuesday, May 6 from 12-1 pm, in room 200 Kaufman Hall. Dr. Solorzano is an extremely significant voice in a set of discussions that are lighting up all over campus, regarding systemic discrimination and bias, and how might faculty, staff, and students join in any efforts to address these issues.



UCLA's Center for Performance Studies invites you to join us for the Prop Q Series this spring, comprised of films, roundtables, live performances, and guest lectures by prominent scholars who have impacted the field of queer theory and artists who highlight queer issues in their creative practice. Featured presenters include performance artists Julie Tolentino, D’Lo and Rafael Esparza, theatre director Katherine Hui-ling Chou, NYU professor Gayatri Gopinath, and film director Cheryl Dunye.


Visit http://www.tft.ucla.edu/center-for-performance-studies-prop-q/ for performance dates and details.


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UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 3/22/14 **MFA candidates receive recognition for their work! UCLA well-represented at the Western Regional American College Dance Festival** CONGRATULATIONS to our MFA students:

Chankethya (Kethya) Chey presented her solo My Mother and I; Laurel Tentindo and Kevin Williamson presented their duet Neanderthal versus Cyborg. They represented UCLA WACD at the adjudicated concerts in the Western Regional American College Dance Festival, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ on March 12-15. Over 500 participants from numerous schools attended the four–day festival, with many classes, workshops, and film screening each day, two informal concerts, and four adjudicated concerts (12 works per show) from which 12 works were selected by the adjudicators Rachel Leonard, David Shimotakahara, and Wendy Perron for the final Gala Concert. Also, presented was a solo set on a University of Hawaii student, by WACD adjunct faculty member Viji Prakash. There were a good handful of other UCLA WACD alums at the festival who were faculty members representing other institutions.


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