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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please click on the above tabs for important information about and instructions for applying to our BFA in Dance.
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.
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.
BFA students Aurora Vaughan and Brendan Evans talk about choreographic opportunities and share their experience as student choreographers at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
USC Kaufman freshman Bella Allen shares how her parents helped her navigate the admission and audition process; plus bonus tips from the parents of several current BFA students.
Four members of of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Class of 2022 sat down to discuss their audition process from the freshman perspective. Here are some memories, insights and advice from Eli Alford, India Dobbie, Elise Monson and Maria Rosenberg.
BFA dance major Lillie Pincus shares the top 10 things to keep in mind when applying to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Director of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli outlines what information should be included in your dance resume.
You’ll find my write-ups about the BFA Core, Repertory & Performances, and Concentrations online. Let’s now talk about the 23 units of dance electives you choose as a part of your concentration. You’ll have lots of different options both within and outside of USC Kaufman.
Prospective students often ask me, “Am I applying to Kaufman or USC or both?” Each college dance program has its own process, requirements and timeline—so I get that it can be super confusing. In short, for us, you are simply applying to the University of Southern California.
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:
Our BFA program endeavors to develop the next generation of thought leaders in dance. What do you think is the most important quality in a thought leader and how will a degree from USC Kaufman position you to be that thought leader?
Our first admission eblast 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 begin shaping 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.
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?
This includes several mid-semester and end-of-semester performances, and probably eight-to-ten others—all just for our BFAs. USC Kaufman students learn and perform a wide variety of repertoire from some of the most profound artists in dance, as well as to show their own works.
Join us for Discover USC Kaufman NYC on Saturday, September 15, 2018 or Sunday, September 16, 2018. Each morning will begin with welcoming remarks from Vice Dean & Director Jodie Gates, followed by ballet, contemporary and hip-hop master classes with faculty. Please note that this event is only open to juniors and seniors.
It seems appropriate that the first “Curriculum in Focus” topic is our program’s foundation: The BFA Core. The BFA Core, a series of courses you’ll take in sequence with your cohort, provides a common curriculum from which you can create your own path.
Candidates for USC Kaufman’s BFA in Dance must submit the USC Undergraduate Application, which consists of the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement. In addition, they must provide specific dance materials as a part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio. The deadline for all materials is December 1. Check out this guide to applying.
I’m Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Director of Admission. (I’m the one on the left.) In the coming months, I’ll walk you through the admission process and share helpful tips for your application. I’ll also give you a closer look at the academic life and student experience at USC Kaufman.
USC Kaufman’s newest class of BFA freshmen will become the school’s fourth class–this is the first year that the school will be completely full, with freshmen through seniors lining the halls.
By Celine Kiner
Between a trip to the Palais Garnier for an incredible program of new works (on none other than the Paris Opéra Ballet, of course) and a dazzling visit to the Louvre, my trip to Paris would have been complete. Those two experiences alone covered bucket-list items and more, and with a private backstage tour of the Garnier, I was awed completely by the rich history of Parisian art.
USC Kaufman BFA dance majors have worked with over 45 artists since the program’s launch in 2015, from their very first day with Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s co-artistic director Desmond Richardson to a recent residency with bboy and Rock Steady Crew senior vice president YNOT. From the studio to the stage, master classes and residencies have spanned styles, specialties, and even seas, with artists from all over the world.
This spring, USC Kaufman dance majors are working to fill large, legendary shoes under the guidance of the school’s expert faculty. The school’s Spring Dance Performance, set for late April, features work by three of the dance world’s “Living Legends:” Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe — choreographers with whom the USC Kaufman faculty share great connection. Through this production, the faculty–including Forsythe, himself–will pass their own knowledge on to the next generation of dancers.