Career Services

USC Kaufman provides valuable resources through our Career Services Office. Services have included professional headshots, panel discussions with established artists and monetary stipends for independent senior projects. USC Kaufman also organizes events and performance opportunities for students to network with directors, choreographers and agents.

With the help of these resources, members of the inaugural class have secured contracts with Broadway productions and dance companies, including Aszure Barton & Artists, BalletMet, Ballet Hispánico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, among others. They have also gone on to pursue careers in arts administration, marketing and business.

Showcases & Networking

USC Kaufman invites industry professionals from all over the country to select performances, as well as senior solo and student choreography showings. After these events, the Career Services Office holds receptions, where students are able to network with current directors, agents and choreographers. Industry professionals may also attend select rehearsals and classes, giving additional opportunities for students to foster relationships with potential employers.

Workshops & Resources

USC Kaufman also provides several avenues for advice and discussion with seasoned professionals. Faculty members, Artists in Residence and guest speakers serve on panels about the employment climate in different sectors of the dance industry. Topics have included Los Angeles commercial work, concert dance in Europe and the New York dance scene.

To further prepare students, the Career Services Office works to ensure that they have the appropriate materials in their professional portfolio. Professional headshots, formatted resumes and reel footage are all offered to students for their use. The school also manages an online portal that students can check for exclusive job and audition postings. In addition, a professional development board is updated with intensives, festivals and more. Once students plan auditions, they can request to be excused from classes. The Career Services Office will then allow absences for appropriate auditions and jobs.

In addition to providing these career resources, the Career Services Office works to support BFA students with interests outside of performance and choreography.