Photo: USC Kaufman BFA student dancer Jessica Musyznski | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Admissions News


September 16, 2018

Anne’s Admission Advice: Your Video Response

The video response is a unique part of our application. We ask you to address the following prompt in 30 to 60 seconds on camera:

Our BFA program endeavors to develop the next generation of thought leaders in dance. What do you think is the most important quality in a thought leader and how will a degree from USC Kaufman position you to be that thought leader?


September 15, 2018

Admissions Frequently Asked: Concentrations

Our first admission eblast focused on the BFA Core, a sequence of courses that provides foundational insight to all dance majors. The BFA Core thins out from semester to semester, giving you more space to begin shaping your artistic vision. At the end of your sophomore year, you will declare your concentration, which will carry you through the last two years in the program.


September 5, 2018

Anne’s Admission Advice: Your Video Audition

USC Kaufman has a two-stage audition process: You first submit two video auditions for review by the faculty committee; finalists are then selected for live auditions taking place in January and February. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?


September 5, 2018

Admissions Frequently Asked: Repertory & Performance

This includes several mid-semester and end-of-semester performances, and probably eight-to-ten others—all just for our BFAs. USC Kaufman students learn and perform a wide variety of repertoire from some of the most profound artists in dance, as well as to show their own works.

Discover USC Kaufman in New York City

August 24, 2018

Discover USC Kaufman NYC 2018

Join us for Discover USC Kaufman NYC on Saturday, September 15, 2018 or Sunday, September 16, 2018. Each morning will begin with welcoming remarks from Vice Dean & Director Jodie Gates, followed by ballet, contemporary and hip-hop master classes with faculty. Please note that this event is only open to juniors and seniors.

Sonya Tayeh

August 23, 2018

The BFA Core

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.

August 23, 2018

The USC Undergraduate Application

Candidates for USC Kaufman’s BFA in Dance must submit the USC Undergraduate Application, which consists of the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement. In addition, they must provide specific dance materials as a part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio. The deadline for all materials is December 1. Check out this guide to applying.

Admission and Student Services team

August 23, 2018

Greetings from USC Kaufman’s Director of Admission

I’m Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Director of Admission. (I’m the one on the left.) In the coming months, I’ll walk you through the admission process and share helpful tips for your application. I’ll also give you a closer look at the academic life and student experience at USC Kaufman.


July 19, 2018

USC Kaufman’s fourth class of BFA dancers arrives

USC Kaufman’s newest class of BFA freshmen will become the school’s fourth class–this is the first year that the school will be completely full, with freshmen through seniors lining the halls.


May 27, 2018

Student Blog: Our own salon in Paris

By Celine Kiner

Between a trip to the Palais Garnier for an incredible program of new works (on none other than the Paris Opéra Ballet, of course) and a dazzling visit to the Louvre, my trip to Paris would have been complete. Those two experiences alone covered bucket-list items and more, and with a private backstage tour of the Garnier, I was awed completely by the rich history of Parisian art.