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. First-year applicants who would like to be considered for USC Merit Scholarship must submit all materials by December 1. The final deadline for first-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students is January 15. This includes the USC Undergraduate Application and the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in early February. Finalists will be invited to our second-round online interviews. Click here for frequently asked questions and watch the video below to learn more about the program.
Interested in applying for minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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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?
Entering my first semester here at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, I expected a pretty busy schedule in the best way. It sure did deliver! As a dance major, I was so excited to merge both my academics and dance throughout the day.
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.
A day in the life of a sophomore USC Kaufman student is filled with both dance and academic classes. Through the BFA Core, we gain a foundation in technique, performance and composition, combined with courses in history, theory and more. In addition, we get a well-rounded liberal arts education through the university’s General Education (GE) and Writing program.
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: How can art facilitate conversations about social issues?
At USC Kaufman, you are able to pick from a variety of concentrations, and that choice informs what classes you take as you progress through your last two years. I have always wanted to dance in a contemporary company, which is why I declared dance performance as a concentration.
Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli outlines what information should be included in your dance resume.
Senior year was a whirlwind. Between traveling for auditions, finishing up GE courses, and starting a minor, there was never a dull moment. This is a day in my life as as senior at USC Kaufman!
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.
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.
In a seemingly unorthodox move, two professional dancers, Eileen Kim and Jonathan Alexander (BFA ’23), chose to step away from the professional stage and into USC’s classrooms.
I know that the college admission process can be very stressful, especially when managing applications and auditions for several programs at once. Our admission team is here to help you find your way.
Applying to dance programs can definitely be a stressful time. So, I sat down with USC Kaufman’s Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services, Anne Aubert-Santelli, to come up with the top 10 things students should keep in mind when applying to our school.
After meeting with the faculty at Kaufman and speaking with the admissions team, I realized that I wanted to pursue a BFA in dance. USC was my ultimate choice for college because of all the amazing opportunities they provide for their students.
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.