The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is a four-year intensive program in preparation for a career as a professional dancer, a choreographer for stage or cinematic arts or an artist exploring the relationship between dance and music. The rigorous curriculum allows students to develop a strong personal vision in dance, while taking advantage of the academic resources USC has to offer.
The BFA Core provides instruction focused on technique, performance and composition—amounting to approximately five hours of dance per day, five days per week—alongside courses in history, health and critical theory. It also includes introductory courses in music, digital media and dance management, as well as the opportunity to engage with faculty in meaningful dialogue through annual colloquiums.
In the junior and senior years, USC Kaufman students can explore one of three concentrations: Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts or Dance & Music. Students will be mentored by faculty and assisted by academic advisors in selecting electives that support their personal and professional goals.
USC General Education & Writing
Dancers receive a rigorous liberal arts experience through the university’s General Education and Writing programs, which provide a foundation of skills and knowledge to help them develop as thoughtful citizens of the world.
USC Minor/ General Electives
Recognizing that other disciplines can inform an artist’s development, USC Kaufman’s graduation requirements include a minimum of 16 units for general electives. (Four years of tuition cover a total of 28 general elective units) Dancers are encouraged to use these units to pursue a minor in another area of study. They may also work towards a second major, complete requirements for a pre-professional emphasis (i.e. pre-physical therapy), start a progressive degree, sample courses from across the university, or take more concentration electives within USC Kaufman.
The BFA requires a total of 132 units. The unit breakdown is as follows:
- BFA Core – 65 units
- BFA Concentration Electives – 19 units minimum
- USC General Education – 32 units (8 units included in the BFA Core)
- USC Writing – 8 units
- USC General Electives – 16 units