Bachelor of Fine Arts in ProductionHow to Apply

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.

The following application instructions are for:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sound Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Direction

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 additional materials, including the USC Supplemental Application. For specific information about the items you will need to submit, please visit USC Admission’s First-Year Application Checklist.

Submit a SDA SlideRoom Application

The following materials are also 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 early September.

  • Current picture or headshot
  • Resume: Your resume should include any and all production activities (including drama, dance and vocal performance). If you would like, you may also add any other non-production work or volunteer experience.
  • “Take Three”: Provide three images that will give us some insight into who you are and what is important to you. Each image will need a corresponding caption to provide some context.
  • Letter of recommendation from drama teacher/coach
  • Essay Question: Your responses should address the prompts outlined in SlideRoom.
  • Portfolio: Please submit no more than 15 slides that provide an overview of the type of work you have completed and serve as the impetus for discussion between you and our production faculty.
  • Self-Intro Video: Please upload a one- to two-minute video where you share with us who you are. We kindly ask that you not submit any monologues, cover songs or dancing.
  • Non-refundable audition fee of $40

Portfolio Review

In mid-December, our office will send information on scheduling a portfolio review to all applicants of our BFA in Production majors. Our portfolio review consists of a conversation with our production faculty, where you discuss the portfolio that you submitted as part of your application and why you wish to pursue the discipline you’ve indicated. You should limit the number of materials in your portfolio to your best work so that you can clearly articulate your creative process to the faculty.

Portfolio reviews will take place in the month of January or February on Zoom.