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.