Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Stage, Screen and New MediaHow to Apply

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

The following application instructions are for:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Stage, Screen and New Media

All freshman candidates for undergraduate admission must complete the following:

Submit The Common Application

You may apply to the School of Dramatic Arts using the Common Application, which includes some USC-specific questions. In addition to the online application, you will be asked to submit additional materials. For specific information about the items you will need submit, please visit USC Admission’s First-Year Application Checklist.

Note: Applicants who wish to be considered for the BFA in Acting for Stage, Screen and New Media must list it as their first-choice major on the Common Application. Given the limited number of spots for this program, we encourage you to add the BA in Theatre as your second-choice major. If you have listed the BFA and BA as your major choice options, you only need to submit the BFA Supplemental.

Submit a SDA SlideRoom Application

The following materials are required in order to be considered for admission in the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Please be sure to upload all materials via SlideRoom.

  • Current picture or headshot
  • Drama resume: Your resume should include any and all performance activities. If you would like, you may also add any other non-performance work or volunteer experience.
  • “Take Three”: Details are available in SlideRoom.
  • Letter from drama teacher/coach
  • Essay Questions: Your statement should respond to the prompts outlined in SlideRoom.
  • Schedule Audition: In SlideRoom, you will be asked to identify your audition date and location preferences based on our audition tour schedule. Auditions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. In mid-December, our office will send you a confirmation email with your official appointment, schedule, and details. Applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may upload a video audition via SlideRoom.
  • Non-refundable audition fee of $50

Attend Audition

Our audition process lasts approximately four hours and includes a mandatory 45-minute orientation, audition, and Q&A.

Prior to your arrival, please prepare two monologues that are contrasting in nature. One monologue should be a classical piece (pre-1910) and the other, a contemporary piece (post-1910). Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes in length. Do not use accents, dialects, or stylized characters.

2020 Audition Tour Schedule

The School of Dramatic Arts welcomes all BFA applicants to join us on our audition tour. To secure an audition, please review the instructions outlined in our SlideRoom Portal.