Admission for the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year.
The Common Application and USC Kaufman Portfolio, which are both required for admission to the program, is now available. All materials must be received by December 1. We encourage candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. Dance finalists will be invited to live auditions to take place in January of 2018.
Current USC students and transfer applicants are welcome to apply to USC Kaufman with the understanding that, due to the program’s sequential nature, the BFA in Dance takes a full four years to complete. Previously completed college work may transfer for credit. They may fulfill General Education requirements, satisfy lower-division requirements for another program of study, or serve as elective credit. Dance courses completed elsewhere will transfer only as elective credit, not major credit.
USC Kaufman also offers three minors in dance, which serve as thought-provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Only current USC students may apply for a minor program. There is no audition process for any of our minor programs. Interested students will find more information under Dance Minors.
The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at policies.usc.edu.
Featuring original works by USC Kaufman’s sophomore BFA students, danced by BFA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
Featuring USC Kaufman BFA freshmen, sophomores & juniors in repertory by Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, and more.
This year’s Fall On-Campus Open House will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9am to 5pm. You’ll not only learn about USC, but also the dance school. USC Kaufman activities include information sessions, building tours and master classes with faculty.
By Rachel Walton
Applying to college in general is a stressful time as a high school senior–add multiple dance auditions to the mix, and it can become incredibly overwhelming. I remember being so grateful to my parents for supporting me through such a stressful time.
The Dance Resume is a crucial component of our USC Kaufman Application process, but also an important tool for all students looking to work in the dance realm. Watch the latest Admission Advice video for tips on how to approach this application component from our current BFA students…
By Alexandra Policaro
USC’s Annual Trojan Family Weekend was full of exciting activities, with lots of mingling, delicious food, and of course, dancing!
By Evan Sagadencky
Amid all my preconceived notions and anxieties about performing in my first midterm showing at USC Kaufman, the overwhelming support and love from students and faculty alike made my first showing with Kaufman an unforgettable experience.
The video response is perhaps the most unique part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio, asking you to address what community means to you via video.
The BFA Core thins out from semester to semester, giving you more space to develop your artistic vision. At the end of your sophomore year, you will declare your concentration, which will carry you through the last two years in the program.
By Celine Kiner
Ballet BC director Emily Molnar has a “warm yellow aura,” as one of my classmates phrased it–upon introduction, she emits welcoming, curious, and incredibly grounded energy. Her questions are rooted in an incredibly strong technical base and impressive résumé; she asks in order to create confusion and investigates in order to build beauty out of it.
Applications for 2018 Fall admission are now open! Anne Aubert-Santelli, the director of admission at USC Kaufman, shares helpful tips for completing your own application.
You’re ready to apply to USC Kaufman… So what do you actually need to do? To make things a bit easier, we’ve put together a quick collection of our best admission advice for each step of the process. Up first – The Common Application.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Applying to college means that you are about to embark on a new chapter in your life. This is a big decision, and I found that compiling a thorough amount of information from various schools helped me choose which schools to send applications. USC has several opportunities for prospective students to learn about the school before applying; I participated in some of these when making my decision.
By Zach Manske and Jainil Mehta
JM: The freshman class has been constantly surprised by the admissions team and the faculty these past two weeks. The first time we ‘physically’ met each other was during the Meet the Dean event, just after moving in. I say ‘physically’ because we were in contact through our Facebook and iMessage group during the long waiting period after acceptance (between March and mid-August).
Get an overview of our BFA Core Curriculum, which provides a basis from which students can create their own paths.
By Paulo Hernandez-Farella
Deciding which college to attend was one of the hardest decisions I have made to date, but as each day ends, I am thankful to attend USC Kaufman. USC Kaufman is the most progressive and unique dance program in the country today, and maybe even the world. From our repertory to our artistic guests, USC Kaufman will give you incredible training and simultaneously enable you to expand your résumé.
One of many attributes USC Kaufman offers its students is the opportunity to dance a wide variety of acclaimed repertoire from some of the most profound artists in dance. We are proud to say the 2017/18 school year is no different, brimming with works from long established and emerging choreographers that will challenge our students – both technically and artistically.