Admission for the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year.
The Common Application and USC Kaufman Portfolio, which are both required for admission to the program, is now available. All materials must be received by December 1. We encourage candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. Dance finalists will be invited to live auditions to take place in January of 2018.
Current USC students and transfer applicants are welcome to apply to USC Kaufman with the understanding that, due to the program’s sequential nature, the BFA in Dance takes a full four years to complete. Previously completed college work may transfer for credit. They may fulfill General Education requirements, satisfy lower-division requirements for another program of study, or serve as elective credit. Dance courses completed elsewhere will transfer only as elective credit, not major credit.
USC Kaufman also offers three minors in dance, which serve as thought-provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Only current USC students may apply for a minor program. There is no audition process for any of our minor programs. Interested students will 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.
By Chloe Kuka
It’s that time of year for high school seniors—a frenzied period of checking email inboxes and refreshing application portals obsessively. It’s college admission letter season! With the April 1 decision deadline fast approaching, we asked freshmen Zack, Londyn, and Matthew about how they got through the stressful but exciting period of time between applying and auditioning for colleges and receiving their admissions decisions.
By Chloe Kuka
It’s been almost a month, but we can’t stop thinking about the insane talent of all the dancers who traveled to L.A. to audition for our program! However, the auditions couldn’t have run smoothly without the help of our current student volunteers, who did everything from hosting auditionees in their dorm rooms to making coffee runs for the professors. We asked freshmen Alex, Aurora, Evan, and Zach about their experiences helping out with auditions for the class of 2022.
You’ve finished your application, portfolio and audition, but you’re not quite done yet… Apply for financial aid and scholarships now!
Kick off the spring 2018 semester right and join us for the ultimate dance club fair and dance party, Spring Open Floor 2018 co-hosted by the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the Dance Club Council (DCC). Learn more about how you can take a dance class, join a dance club, and all the ways to get involved in dance at USC while you bust a move with new friends! Open to all USC students.
For students majoring in dance or another subject area at USC, the university’s robust selection of minors offers the opportunity to combine studies in dance with a wide array of academic interests.
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.
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?
Some of applicants have experienced technical difficulties with the application, so USC Kaufman has extended the deadline for submission to Monday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Please contact our director of admission, Anne Aubert-Santelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The deadline to submit applications for USC Kaufman is fast approaching. Whether you are a first-year applicant, transfer applicant or a current USC student, all materials, including the USC Kaufman portfolio, are due this Friday, Dec. 1.
By Simrin Player and Matthew Perko
High school seniors and potential USC Kaufman applicants: we know there’s a lot on your plate right now. When filling out college applications feels overwhelming, know that all of USC Kaufman’s BFA students went through the same process, and they’re here to help.
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:
Because our faculty don’t review your Common Application, they don’t have the benefit of reading your personal statement and USC short answers. This is why we ask you for one writing sample. Since you’ve already written 10,000 essays by the time you get to our portfolio, we kept our short response very short.
Our Admission Advice crew provides a few pointers on the written short answer portion of our application.
In addition to the BFA Core and Concentrations, our BFA’s also select Dance Electives as another component of their concentration.
Our Director of Admission and Student Services, Anne Aubert-Santelli, walks through our application process step by step!
By Rachel Walton
Applying to college in general is a stressful time as a high school senior–add multiple dance auditions to the mix, and it can become incredibly overwhelming. I remember being so grateful to my parents for supporting me through such a stressful time.
The Dance Resume is a crucial component of our USC Kaufman Application process, but also an important tool for all students looking to work in the dance realm. Watch the latest Admission Advice video for tips on how to approach this application component from our current BFA students…
The video response is perhaps the most unique part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio, asking you to address what community means to you via video.
The BFA Core thins out from semester to semester, giving you more space to develop 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.
By Rachel Walton
The absolute first thing to understand when researching college dance programs is this: it’s about finding a school that will be your best fit. You can spend hours looking at top lists, researching the status of schools’ alumni, and visiting schools’ social media sites, but nothing can compare to finding a college that feels like your second home.
In this episode of our Admission Advice series, get vital tips on how to best complete the video audition portion of your application from current USC Kaufman students.
Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Director of Admissions and Student Services, recently spoke to DanceSpirit Magazine about the best ways to stand out in the college application process.
“We’re looking at technique and artistry—not just mastery but also potential,” Aubert-Santelli explained.
Read the full article at DanceSpirit online.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Applying to college means that you are about to embark on a new chapter in your life. This is a big decision, and I found that compiling a thorough amount of information from various schools helped me choose which schools to send applications. USC has several opportunities for prospective students to learn about the school before applying; I participated in some of these when making my decision.
Get an overview of our BFA Core Curriculum, which provides a basis from which students can create their own paths.
Applications for 2018 Fall admission are now open! Anne Aubert-Santelli, the director of admission at USC Kaufman, shares helpful tips for completing your own application.
You’re ready to apply to USC Kaufman… So what do you actually need to do? To make things a bit easier, we’ve put together a quick collection of our best admission advice for each step of the process. Up first – The Common Application.
By Whitney Hester
August is almost here, which means the start of a new school year. New students going into college or getting ready to apply for colleges: you may think that you are completely prepared for life in a BFA program. Coming from a performing arts high school, I assumed I was completely prepared! However, listed below are ten things I wish I had known before applying to college dance programs.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Before you know it, you’re finishing up your junior year of high school, and soon to come are college auditions. But don’t fret! College auditions do not have to be overwhelming, and can be a fun experience as long as you do your research, plan in advance, and prepare your materials early to avoid missing deadlines.
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.
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.
Before you click “submit,” there are few things you’ll need to know about applying to USC Kaufman. In addition to submitting the Common Application for USC, you’ll need to submit the USC Kaufman Portfolio.