USC School of Dramatic Arts

USC School of Dramatic Arts
Type Private drama school
Established 1945
Dean David Bridel
Location Los Angeles, California, United States

The USC School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) (formerly the USC School of Theatre) is the dramatic arts school at the University of Southern California. It is ranked one of the top 10 dramatic arts schools in the world, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Drama Schools.[1] The USC School of Dramatic Arts offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre and visual & performing arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in acting, design, sound design, stage management and technical direction; and Master of Fine Arts degrees in acting and dramatic writing.


Founded in 1945 as Department of Drama at USC, it became an independent school in 1991 and was named USC School of Theatre.[2] It was renamed USC School of Dramatic Arts on July 1, 2012.[3]

Notable SDA alumni

See also List of University of Southern California people or

Programs of study

  • Undergraduate Degrees
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
      • BA in Theatre
      • BA in Performing & Visual Arts
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
      • BFA in Acting
      • BFA in Design
      • BFA in Sound Design
      • BFA in Stage Management
      • BFA in Technical Direction
  • Graduate Degrees

Performance Venues

  • Bing Theatre
  • Drama Center and Massman Theatre
  • Scene Dock Theatre
  • McClintock Theatre

Theatrical Productions

The School of Dramatic Arts presents more than 20 theatrical shows annually that showcase the works of the students in acting, stage management, lighting design, set design, costume design, technical direction and more.


  1. "The Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools Ranked". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  2. "USC SChool of Theatre Branding & Web Services" (PDF). 2010. p. 22. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  3. "Theatre school renamed USC School of Dramatic Arts". USC News, University of Southern California. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-11-05.

Coordinates: 34°01′23″N 118°17′09″W / 34.023056°N 118.285833°W / 34.023056; -118.285833

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