BFA Core

The BFA Core provides students with a strong foundation in technique, performance and composition (approx. 25-40 studio 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. The program culminates in a senior project.

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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.

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GE Courses

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. Categories include different classes to choose from each semester.

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General Electives / USC Minor

Recognizing that other disciplines inform an artist’s development, USC Kaufman has dedicated 16 units for dancers to:

  • add a minor in one of 190 areas of study
  • work towards a second major (will generally take more than 4 years)
  • pursue a pre-professional emphasis (i.e. pre-physical therapy or pre-law)
  • start a progressive degree
  • sample courses from across the university
  • take more concentration electives

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.

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Daily Schedule

A day in the life of a USC Kaufman student is filled with both dance and academic classes.

  • Three hours of Dance Technique, taken Monday through Friday, begins at 9am for first- and second-year students and at 10:30am for third- and fourth-year students.
  • Repertory & Performance takes place each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm to 4:50pm for all students. Additional rehearsals are on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • First- and second-year students have an hour and a half of Improvisation & Composition on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Advanced Composition for third- and fourth-year students is held from 9am to 10:20am twice a week.
  • Dance science, conditioning, history, media, entrepreneurship and other required and elective courses for first-, second- and third-year students are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • First- and second-year students will generally take one general education course each semester between 12pm and 2pm, twice a week. Third- and fourth-year students have the freedom to take General Education courses, as well as concentration electives and general electives, in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • All students have Monday through Thursday evenings free

Learning Objectives

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.

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