• 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


WACD alumna Malathi Iyengar featured in the latest edition of the Daily Bruin. Read the full story here. Photo by Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff.



UCLA students travel to Brazil to participate in WACD's Theater of the Oppressed study aboard program. The program was organized by Art & Global Health Center's Robert Gordon. Read the new Daily Bruin article here.



We welcome the New Department Chair – Professor Lionel Popkin. Professor Lionel Popkin has agreed to serve as Chair of the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance effective July 1 2015. Popkin will be taking over from Professor Angelia Leung whose excellent leadership has guided the department for many years including her most recent tenure as Chair these past six years (2009-2015) and co-chair for three years prior (2006-2009).


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AXIS Dance Company
Thu Oct 15 @ 4:00PM
Bijayini Satpathy Regents Lecture
Fri Oct 16 @12:00PM
Fall Dance Workshop
Fri Oct 16 @ 2:00PM
Film Screening: “For the Love of Dance”

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UCLA Department of World Arts Cultures/Dance
Box 951608, 150 Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
Tel 310.825.3951