Concentrations

In the junior and senior years, USC Kaufman students can explore one of four concentrations: Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts, Dance & Music or Design Your Own.  Students are mentored by faculty and assisted by academic advisors in selecting electives that support their personal and professional goals. Concentrations culminate in a senior project.

All curricula leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance require training in dance performance and choreography. In addition to the BFA Core, students will explore in greater depth one of four concentrations during their junior and senior years: Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts, Dance & Music or Design Your Own.

Students will be mentored by faculty and assisted by academic advisors in selecting electives that support their personal and professional goals. Dance electives offered by USC Kaufman run across all concentrations. Students in all concentrations are able to use some of their electives to take courses in music, cinematic arts and dramatic arts.


Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts

The Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts concentration is designed to guide students who are interested in the field of dance for the stage, motion pictures, television, digital media and animation. Students will also be mentored in experimental dance media, both as individual performers and in collaboration with other visual and performing artists.

This concentration requires additional semesters of Composition. The fourth year of Dance Technique and Repertory & Performance are recommended. A sampling of additional electives might include:

  • CTAN 495 Visual Music
  • CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera
  • DANC 187 Bollywood Dance
  • DANC 285 Elements of Dance Production
  • DANC 305 Dance and New Media
  • DANC 345 Dance Internship
  • DANC 462 Dancing on the Screen
  • THTR 332 Lighting Design I

Dance Performance

The Dance Performance concentration is designed for students who are interested in becoming professional dancers or performers in other mediums. Students will work with artists and scholars in the field, learning essential tools and skills needed for a successful career in a variety of entertainment positions.

This concentration requires two semesters of Dance Technique IV and two semesters of Repertory & Performance IV. A sampling of additional electives includes:

  • CTPR 454 Acting for Film and Television
  • DANC 285 Elements on Dance Production
  • DANC 355 Solo/Partnering and Performance
  • DANC 345 Artist in Residence
  • DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community

Dance & Music

The Dance & Music concentration provides students with a unique perspective on dance by combining dance training with substantial study in music. Courses in songwriting and music history, as well as instrumental and vocal lessons, will equip students interested in choreography or dance performance with the knowledge to explore careers in the music and larger entertainment industries.

This concentration requires additional semesters of Dance Technique, Repertory & Performance and/or Composition. A sampling of additional electives might include:

  • DANC 189 Tap Dance
  • DANC 355 Origins of Jazz Dance
  • DANC 347 Artist Collaborative
  • DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community
  • DANC 495 Dance Internship
  • MPPM 240 Drumming Proficiency for the Popular Musician
  • MTEC 246 Introduction to Audio Recording and Editing
  • MUSC 400m The Broadway Musical

Design Your Own

The Design Your Own concentration allows students to pursue a truly custom program of study by combining hand-picked elective courses from across the university with dance electives. This is the only concentration for which students must formally apply. The application requires students to demonstrate how their proposed concentration is different from a major and minor combination and to provide preliminary ideas about how their senior project brings together their hand-picked courses with their dance studies.

This concentration requires additional semesters of Dance Technique, Repertory & Performance and/or Composition.

For a full list of courses, visit the USC Catalogue.