Curriculum

The rigorous curriculum allows students to develop a strong personal vision in dance, while taking advantage of USC’s academic resources.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is a four-year intensive program in preparation for a career as a professional dancer, a choreographer for stage or cinematic arts or an artist exploring the relationship between dance and music. The rigorous curriculum allows students to develop a strong personal vision in dance, while taking advantage of USC’s academic resources.



USC General Education & Writing

Dancers receive a rigorous liberal arts experience through the university’s General Education and Writing program, which provide a foundation of knowledge to help them become thoughtful citizens of the world.


General Electives / USC Minor

Recognizing that other disciplines can inform an artist’s development, USC Kaufman’s graduation requirements include 16 units of general electives. (Four years of tuition cover a total of 28 general elective units) Dancers are encouraged to use these units to pursue a minor in one of 150 areas of study. They may also work towards a second major, complete requirements for a pre-professional emphasis (i.e. pre-physical therapy), start a progressive degree, sample courses from across the university, or take more concentration electives.


Units

The BFA requires a total of 132 units. The unit breakdown is as follows:

  • BFA Core – 65 units
  • BFA Concentration Electives – 19 units minimum
  • USC General Education – 32 units (8 units included in the BFA Core)
  • USC Writing – 8 units
  • USC General Electives – 16 units