Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 24 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year.
Applicants for Fall 2022 admission—including first-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students—must submit all materials by December 1, 2021. This includes the USC Undergraduate Application and the USC Kaufman Portfolio for first-year applicants and transfer applicants. Current USC students need only submit the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants are notified about the results of their portfolio review in mid-December. Finalists are then invited to our live auditions in January.
Information about Fall 2023 admission will be available on our website in July/August.
Interested in applying for a minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is a dance conservatory in a university setting. Students in the BFA program take a myriad of dance classes along with school-wide general education requirements. This allows BFA students to explore subjects outside of dance, as well as add minors to complement their dance training.
As I am wrapping up my first year as a BFA dance major, I am able to reflect on all of the incredible experiences I have had. I am so grateful for the people and memories USC Kaufman has bought into my life and I cannot wait for the next three years. Here is a rundown of a day in my life as a first-year BFA student!
Prospective students often wonder how USC Kaufman students engage in general education (GE) courses at USC. The following Q & A highlights some of the most frequently asked questions about GE courses:
The University of Southern California offers BFA students a wide array of extracurricular activities. Students can explore interests and opportunities outside the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance to enhance both their academic and social experiences at USC.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance offers students a multitude of job opportunities that complement our busy schedules and varied interests. On-campus jobs are a great way to build a resume and make some money while in school. USC Kaufman often hires students with Work Study and students who are studying dance.
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is not only home to USC Kaufman dance majors. Step into the building and you’ll also find hundreds of non-major dance students who have enrolled in one of the school’s many technique and lecture courses.
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USC Kaufman has become known for its unique live audition experience. 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.
Since we can’t have live auditions this year, we had to find a way to incorporate the Ballet, Contemporary and Hip-Hop classes that are usually a part of the process. This is where the six-minute demonstrations come in.
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. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?
The USC Kaufman Portfolio has two short answers—one that’s required and one that’s optional. Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli has some advice on completing yours.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is committed to providing meaningful resources to BFA students as they graduate and launch their professional careers. With students’ multifaceted career goals, one-on-one mentorship, class-wide auditions and events that help them build connections have all become necessary aspects of the career service team.
The video response is a unique part of our application. We ask you to address the following prompt in 30 to 60 seconds on camera: What does it mean to be a dance thought leader in 2022?
Functioning as a conservatory within a university, USC Kaufman enables its students to investigate other areas of academic or artistic interests within one of the world’s leading research institutions. Eli Alford (BFA ’22) talks about how his minor and general education courses influence his dance practices.
At USC Kaufman, students have the opportunity to enroll in Repertory and Performance where they learn established repertoire and explore the creation process of new works. Elise Monson (BFA ’22) describes her experience in this course as it varies each semester in what is taught and who is brought in for new creations.
Assistant Dean of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli describes changes in the application process for prospective students to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, due to COVID-19.