• 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.

Please note that applications are due November 1, 2014.

In the News

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What: First Hand, In-progress choreography from WAC/Dance Faculty When: June 5 & 6, 2015 at 8pm Where: Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office

First Hand is UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presentation of new choreography danced by WAC/D students. The dances are by four of the nation’s leading contemporary dance makers: Ann Carlson, Ana Maria Alvarez, Jackie Lopez and Cheng-Chieh Yu. First Hand is an intimate refreshing series featuring newly conceived in-progress works, which offer the rare chance to witness the early formation of movement ideas that will eventually lead to completed works by the choreographers. Carlson and Alvarez are current Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP) artists in residence, with upcoming and much anticipated staging of their work produced as part of the CAP season in 2015-16 in Royce Hall, and the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater.



WACD graduate student Shamell Bell talks to the Daily Bruin about Black Lives Matter. Click here for the full story. 

Photo by Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin


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WACD Professor Cheng-Chieh Yu and Marianne Kim's new film, "Martiality, Not Fighting" 止戈 has won the Best Short from the Dance Camera West Festival 2015 which was held on Apr 30-May 5. MNF also won the Best Performance from the InShadow Video Festival in Portugal 2014. It has been screened in Film Festivals including: Cina Corps Film Festival/France, InShadow Int. Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies/Portugal, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Asiatica Film Mediale/Rome, Italy, 6th Cairo Video Festival/Egypt, Agite y sirva-7th Screendance Touring Festival in Mexico, as well as cities in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.

Martiality, Not Fighting is co-commissioned by The Guangdong Modern Dance Company/China and The Jumping Frame International Dance Video Festival/Hong Kong.


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