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Department of Theatre and Dance

In addition to world-class productions and a major dance company, our program includes
critical studies, theatre culture and tracks to prepare the next generation of theatre and
dance instructors.

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate students the B.A. degree in theatre or dance, and, at the graduate level, the M.F.A. degree in acting, design, or directing, as well as M.A. and M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees in theatre.

The Theatre Program takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes historical and critical studies as well as studies of texts, culture, and production.  On the undergraduate level, students seeking a B.A. in theatre have the opportunity to act, direct, design, stage-manage, or learn about technical theatre or marketing as a member of a fully independent theatre organization that plans up to six plays per semester.  Study abroad and student exchange programs allow undergraduates to learn more about theatre internationally or at other U.S. universities.  The ratio of faculty to undergraduate students is one to four.

The M.A. Program in Theatre is designed for those seeking preparation for the Ph.D. as well as for experienced and certified secondary-school teachers who want intensive academic course work in theatre.  The University of South Carolina is the only school in the state that offers the M.F.A. in acting, design, or directing – the highest degree possible in the fields of design and performance.

The Bachelor of Arts degree offered by the Dance Program has a focus in classical ballet, although students also receive a sound foundation in the disciplines and principles of modern dance and jazz.  The degree program, which offers more than 75  technical and theoretical courses, provides professional training in performance and pedagogy and prepares students for graduate work and advanced studies in dance.  The curriculum includes daily classical ballet classes at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as intensive Pointe work and classical repertory studies.  There are two tracks:  Dance Performance/Choreography and Dance Education

The USC Dance Company, more than 72 members strong, performs six major concerts each year at Columbia’s Koger Center for the Arts, as well as guest performances up and down the East Coast.  Students audition for the company twice a year, and present ballet, modern, and jazz works as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works. Company members have performed in Europe and at the National Gala for the American College Dance Festival hosted by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Find out more here:

Department of Theatre and Dance Website

Dance program Website