Concentrations

October 20, 2017

BFA Student Celine Kiner | Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

Our first admission newsletter focused on the BFA Core, a sequence of courses that provides foundational insight to all dance majors. 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.

While you may take courses towards your concentration as early as freshman year—thanks to supplementary one-unit Special Topics and Performance Lab courses—you will work on your concentration in earnest starting junior year. Along the way, you will be mentored by faculty and assisted by academic advisors in selecting “concentration electives” that support your professional goals. All of this will culminate in a senior project that is completely yours to imagine.

Within USC Kaufman, you will be able to choose not only from various studio, history, and theory courses, but also self-directed opportunities such as research and internships. Furthermore, regardless of your concentration, you’ll be able to take courses in the School of Cinematic Arts, Thornton School of Music and School of Dramatic Arts.

So what are the concentrations? There are four:

Dance Performance: This concentration will prepare you for a career in professional dance on the stage and screen. Current juniors in this concentration look forward to touring the world with major companies, dancing on Broadway, doing commercial work, and more.

Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts: This concentration will allow you to create works for the stage, motion pictures, television, virtual reality, animation and emerging platforms. Current juniors in this concentration, for example, look forward to being professional choreographers, creating their own companies, directing dance films, and choreographing for virtual reality games.

Dance & Music: This concentration allows you to explore collaborations in the music industry by combining dance training with music studies. Current juniors in this concentration look forward to working on collaborative projects with musicians and composing original music for dance works.

Design Your Own: This concentration allows you to create a truly custom program of study that combines dance with multiple disciplines from across the university. Current juniors in this concentration are exploring how movement can be a catalyst for social change, developing a dancewear line, and creating an interactive mobile application, to name a few things.

Having worked at USC Kaufman from its inception, I have enjoyed watching our students progress as they prepare for their professional careers. Some students have the same goals they first articulated when they auditioned. Others have decided to go in new and even unexpected directions. By the time they graduate, all of them will be poised to be leaders in the field.


by Anne Aubert-Santelli, Director of Admission and Student Services