Bachelor of ArtsVisual & Performing Arts Studies

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The Bachelor of Arts in Visual & Performing Arts Studies is an interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, USC School of Dramatic Arts, USC School of Architecture, USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Roski School of Art and Design, USC Thornton School of Music, and USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Students in this major complete a core of required courses that provides them with a broad understanding of the various disciplines. The work in the major is completed by choosing courses from a wide array of course offerings from all the participating schools.


Candidates for the degree must complete the USC Core and General Education Program — including the foreign language requirement and in addition to the courses in the major — providing them with a broad understanding of various disciplines. A total of 128 units is required for completion of the degree. For complete curriculum requirements, please visit the USC Catalogue.