Our theatre program offers undergraduate students the B.A. degree in theatre, and, at the graduate level, the M.F.A. degree in acting, design, or directing, as well as the interdisciplinary M.A. and M.A.T (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees in theatre. USC is home to the only M.F.A. program in theatre in South Carolina. The Theatre Program is one of a select group of nationally recognized programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds membership in the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).
The department's theatre production program, known as Theatre South Carolina, is an extension of classroom teaching. Just as important, Theatre South Carolina stages literature that serves the liberal arts mission of USC. Each year, the program produces a season of performances which the public can enjoy.
Our undergraduate dance program combines a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment with the depth and breadth
of an excellent liberal arts education. Working from a solid foundational core of dance courses, students have the option
of developing additional competencies with an emphasis in either Performance and Choreography or Dance Education K-12 Certification. The program has a long established specialty in ballet infused with the energy of
cutting-edge contemporary dance. The USC Dance program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
The USC dance program presents an annual season of performances that strive to inspire, entertain and achieve ever greater heights of artistic excellence. From traditional and avant-garde choreography to timeless classical treasures, our season showcases the artistry and artists of our program. We regularly bring in well-known guest artists for residencies, during which they stage major pieces or create work on our dancers. Original works by our faculty are also regularly created for (and with) our dancers. In addition, students have the opportunity to stage their own choreography.