Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical TheatreHow to Apply

Degree offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts in partnership with the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the USC Thornton School of Music

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.

  • The following application instructions are for: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

All first-year and transfer candidates for undergraduate admission must complete the following:

Submit The Common Application

You may apply to the USC 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 supplemental materials. For specific information about the items you will need to submit, please visit USC Admission’s First-Year Application Checklist.

Note: Applicants who wish to be considered for the BFA in Musical Theatre 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 via SlideRoom.

Submit a SDA SlideRoom Application

The following materials are required in order to be considered for admission into the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Please be sure to upload all materials via SlideRoom. The supplemental application in SlideRoom will go live on September 1.

  • Current picture or headshot
  • Resume: Your resume should include any and all performance activities — including drama, dance and vocal performance. If you would like, you may also add any other non-performance work or volunteer experience.
  • “Take Three”: Details are available in SlideRoom.
  • Letter of Recommendation from your drama teacher/coach
  • Essay Questions: Your responses should address the prompts outlined in SlideRoom.
  • Pre-Screen Audition: In SlideRoom, you will be asked to provide the following:
    • Acting: Upload ONE Shakespearean monologue & ONE contemporary monologue from a published play. Each should be no longer than 2 minutes in length, be contrasting, memorized and be performed in the context of the entire play.
    • Voice: Upload TWO contrasting songs that represent your voice and range at its best.* The length of both songs should be 32-bars. Songs should be varied in tempo and can be from any of the published musical theatre canon. At least one of the songs presented must be from the contemporary repertoire. Some examples of composers to consider for audition are Pasek and Paul, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori, Adam Guettel, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Schwartz, Sara Bareilles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rodgers and Hammerstein/Hart, Lerner and Loewe, Ira and George Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, Jerome Kern, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Stephen Sondheim. All offerings must be with digital recording or LIVE accompaniment when possible.
      *NOTE: What is most important is that your offerings represent you authentically.
    • Dance: Upload TWO 60-second clips of yourself dancing. Video ONE should demonstrate technique, strength, flexibility, accuracy and form. Video TWO should demonstrate artistry, musicality and individual movement quality. Any TWO styles are acceptable but you must show two DIFFERENT styles from the following: ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, freestyle, traditional cultural dance or musical theatre choreography. Your full body should be in view at all times and should be an original recording of only you. Wear appropriate dance attire and foot wear representing the chosen dance style demonstrated in each video.
    • When choosing material, we encourage you to showcase work that is meaningful to you rather than to the auditor.
  • Creative Submission: Please upload a one- to two-minute video sharing your creative talent. Details available in SlideRoom.
  • Non-refundable audition fee of $20

After the Admissions Review Committee has reviewed all pre-screen submissions, the Office of Admissions & Student Services will email all applicants to the BFA in Musical Theatre an update on their application in early January. This update will indicate if an applicant has been invited to attend our Callback Weekend. A decision will be made in January 2021 as to if the callback will happen in-person. The callback, regardless, will happen.