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We presently offer a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance and an M.F.A. in Choreographic Inquiry, with an emphasis on choreography. Although each of these degree programs are organized around a set of required courses, the department as a whole emphasizes possibilities for interdisciplinary 'cross-over' between scholarship and creative practice.

Areas of Study

Ph.D. in Culture and Performance

Culture and Performance Program

2019-2020 CAP Handbook

2019-2020 TA Handbook

Master of Fine Arts in Choreographic Inquiry

We are proud to unveil WAC/D's redesigned Master of Fine Arts in Choreographic Inquiry. Normative time for the revitalized program is two years rather than three. Fall 2020 applications are now available. For more information, please email or call 310-206-5467. 

MFA Program

2019-2020 MFA Handbook

2019-2020 TA Handbook

Ready to apply? Then learn about admissions now.

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Wed Oct 16 @ 5:00PM
SOAA The Opening 2019-2020
Mon Nov 11 @ 8:00AM
Veterans Day Holiday
Tue Nov 12 @ 3:00PM
Ladder Faculty Meeting
Thu Nov 14 @ 6:30PM
Alma Hawkins Memorial Chair presentation by Ligia Lewis
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
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S M T W T F S
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week 41 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Wed Oct 16 @ 5:00PM
SOAA The Opening 2019-2020
Mon Nov 11 @ 8:00AM
Veterans Day Holiday
Tue Nov 12 @ 3:00PM
Ladder Faculty Meeting
Thu Nov 14 @ 6:30PM
Alma Hawkins Memorial Chair presentation by Ligia Lewis
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...