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  • 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

    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.

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

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

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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

david rousseve

Professor David Roussève, Professor of Choreography and former Chair in the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance, has accepted the position of Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, effective July 2014. He succeeds Professor Barbara Drucker, who has served in this role since 2008 and has assumed a new position as Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Arts Education.

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sm alex mathews

Congrats to WACD alum Alex Mathews who was named the new Executive Director of the Dance Resource Center in Los Angeles. 

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cariannhenderson

Our very own Cari Ann Shim Sham*, UCLA WAC 180 Dance For Camera and MFA Alum,  has taken over the lead producer and programmer position for the Topanga Film Festival this year, as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary.Part of the programming includes a dance component, Friday July 18 6-10pm, with the feature documentary, OFF THE FLOOR, featuring WAC Undergrad Alum Jessica Anderson-Gwin and her company Jagged who formed the first ever contemporary Pole Dance company, pioneering a new dance genre.
 

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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
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