Photo: USC Kaufman BFA student dancer Jessica Musyznski | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Admissions News

Jay Fuentes' International Style Ballroom dance class attracts many minors and non-dance majors at USC | Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

April 13, 2017

Dance minors hail from 49 university majors

This semester, USC Kaufman School of Dance reached a milestone: More than 100 USC students (104, to be precise) have declared minors in dance. The number has increased significantly since last year, and even more since the school’s founding in 2012, when only eight students were enrolled as minors.

USC Kaufman BFA students coached by William Forsythe in Repertory in Performance class | Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

April 12, 2017

What’s in a USC Kaufman BFA?

Designed to prepare the artist, the innovator and the entrepreneur, our groundbreaking four-year professional degree offers you rigorous training and the flexibility to pursue a curriculum in line with your professional and artistic goals. We asked our students to tell us how they would describe their classes. Here’s our “Zagat-style” guide the USC Kaufman Bachelor of Fine Arts.


February 27, 2017

Student Blog: The other side of the audition

By Rachel Walton

The USC Kaufman audition season is a very exciting time for the current BFA dance majors. Personally, I love getting to know new people, so I jumped at the opportunity to meet potential future classmates. I was even inspired me to do things most would never volunteer for on a weekend: waking up at 6 a.m. and spending approximately 10 hours in the Kaufman International Dance Center, both Saturday and Sunday.

USC Kaufman Student Paulo Hernandez-Farella

December 6, 2016

Admission Advice: The live audition

The fact that we have a two-stage audition process—whereby we narrow down the pool to a list of finalists—allows us to do things differently. For starters, our auditions are intimate. Last year, our smallest audition had 12 students and our largest had 25. This means that faculty will really get to know you, and you’ll really get to know the program. After all, you are auditioning us as much as we are auditioning you.

Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center | Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

December 2, 2016

You’ve submitted your application. What’s next?

You submitted your Common Application and USC Supplement, which included writing samples, letters of recommendation, and so much more. You also submitted your USC Kaufman Portfolio asking for a million dance components. Now that all this work is done, what’s next?

November 2, 2016

Admission Advice: Your Dance Resume

Fitting your many years of dance experience onto a single page can seem like a daunting task. In fact, I often get asked whether the dance resume can be longer than one page, the answer to which is that it cannot. Why? The reason is that, at USC Kaufman, you will learn the tools to shape your public artistic identity, and we want you to start thinking about how to present yourself


October 20, 2016

Admission Advice: One-Minute Video Response

The one minute video response may be the most unique part of our application. We ask you to address the following prompt in one minute:

Being a part of The New Movement at USC Kaufman means honoring the past while looking ahead to the future. Where do you think dance will be when you graduate from our program?

Discover USC

October 7, 2016

2016 Discover USC On-Campus Open House

Are you a prospective student interested in USC Kaufman’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance? There is no better way to learn about our program than to visit campus!

If you are looking for a well-rounded experience, join us for the Discover USC On-Campus Open House on Sunday, October 30. This all-day event includes admission and financial aid presentations, campus tours, an academic fair, and more!

September 8, 2016

Admission Advice: Your Video Audition

USC Kaufman has a two-stage audition process: You first submit two video auditions for review by the faculty committee; finalists are then selected for live auditions taking place in January and February. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?

August 25, 2016

Discover USC Kaufman in New York City

Join us for Discover USC Kaufman in New York City on Saturday, September 17 or Sunday, September 18. Each morning begins with remarks from Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates, followed by ballet, contemporary and hip-hop master classes with faculty.