Thank you for your interest in applying to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year.
Candidates must submit the USC Undergraduate Application by December 1. This includes the Common Application (with the USC Writing Supplement) and the USC Kaufman Portfolio. Fee waivers for both the Common Application and USC Kaufman Portfolio are available to students with high financial need. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in mid-December. Finalists will be invited to a live audition in January.
Current USC students and transfer applicants may apply with the understanding that, due to the program’s sequential nature, the BFA in Dance takes a full four years to complete. College courses completed elsewhere may transfer for credit. This work may fulfill General Education requirements, satisfy lower-division requirements for another program of study or serve as elective credit. Dance courses will only transfer for elective credit.
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Are you interested in applying for minor in dance? USC Kaufman offers three minor programs, which serve as thought-provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Only current USC students may apply. There is no audition process. Please 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.
As USC Kaufman’s Class of 2019 prepares for this week’s commencement, two international students offer advice for those considering USC Kaufman. Though the distance may be great, these graduating seniors explain how they have found their niche within the larger university.
Sending kids to college is hard for every parent. However, in talking to parents (mine included), I’ve gathered that it is comforting to know that here at USC Kaufman, your dancer becomes a part of our family. Here are some stories and snippets of advice from current parents on sending their dancers to USC Kaufman.
USC Kaufman offers a multitude of leadership opportunities. BFA dance majors can represent their class in the Student Advisory Board. They also can serve as student ambassadors or participate in the SC Choreographic Collective. We asked three students about their leadership roles here at USC Kaufman.
There is something so special about freshman year. New friends, new teachers, new roommates… Everything is new! As exciting as it is, the thought of it can also be daunting. For many people, it is their first time living away from their families and going to school with strangers. But at USC Kaufman, these strangers soon become family.
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 (determined by financial aid), as well as students who are studying dance.
One of things that separates USC Kaufman’s BFA program from conservatory dance programs is access to the rigorous and robust academic offerings of a top-tier research university. In addition to completing general education requirements, BFA dance students have the opportunity to pursue minors, second majors or even progressive degrees.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance BFA program was conceived with a conservatory-style emphasis on dance, but is embedded in a top-tier university. What exactly does this mean? BFA students at USC Kaufman take on technique, repertory, improvisation, and composition. Simultaneously, they meet the general education requirements of the university.
This May, the BFA class of 2019 will be the first cohort of students to graduate from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. In anticipation of the next step for young graduates, USC Kaufman’s Office of Career Services kicked into gear this semester, assembling resources for students’ transition into the job market.
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?
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.
This “Curriculum in Focus” post focuses on minor programs—outside minor programs for students pursuing the BFA in Dance and dance minor programs for students in other majors.
The USC Kaufman Portfolio has two short answers—one that’s required and one that’s optional. Director of Admission and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli has some advice on completing yours.