The BFA Core provides students with a strong foundation in technique, performance and composition (approx. 25-40 hours per week), combined with courses in history, theory, health, music, digital media and dance management. Annual colloquiums further develop critical thinking and speaking skills.
In the junior and senior years, students explore one of four concentrations: Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage & Screen, Dance & Music or Design Your Own. Faculty mentors and academic advisors help them select elective courses that support their artistic and professional goals. Concentrations culminate in a senior project.
Dancers receive a rigorous liberal arts experience through the university’s General Education and Writing program. Requirements span a variety of subjects from across the university, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and quantitative reasoning. Each category offers 15 to 50 different classes to choose from per semester.
Recognizing that other disciplines inform an artist’s development, USC Kaufman dedicated 16 units for dancers to:
Note: Four years of tuition covers 28 general elective units. Eligible students may take additional units at no extra cost though the university’s Academic Achievement Award.
A day in the life of a USC Kaufman student is filled with both dance and academic classes.
In pursuing a BFA from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, students will be given a variety of learning objectives designed to give them a well-rounded education in all facets of dance and intersecting industries, thus allowing them to take their training and experience and become leaders in the field of 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.
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.
Let’s be honest: Performance opportunities are a huge factor when deciding which dance program to attend. In fact, the number one question I get asked from prospective students is, “How many performance opportunities are there at USC?” My response: “A ton.”
The BFA Core is a sequence of courses that provides foundational insight to all dance majors. At the end of your sophomore year, you will declare your concentration, which will carry you through the last two years in the program.
As a BFA student at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, I tend to have a packed and engaging daily schedule. Even though it is sometimes hectic, I am absolutely in love with my life at USC. I get to explore and create as an artist, while also pursuing my academic goals.
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.
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?