About & News

About & News

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is a top-ranked  creative and performing arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, NC. Founded in 1963 as America’s first public arts conservatory, UNCSA celebrates more than 50 years of training wildly creative, gifted and hardworking young artists to do what they love, and do it brilliantly!

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Our Mission

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts. (Approved by the UNC Board of Governors 2/2014)

One University, Five Conservatories

UNCSA offers a transformative arts education across five professional-caliber conservatories:

School of DANCE School of DESIGN & PRODUCTION  School of Drama 

School of Filmmaking School of Music

Who We Are (And Why You Belong Here)

UNCSA students and faculty artists live and breathe their craft. We bring our scripts, tubas, and ballet shoes to breakfast. We have paint under our nails, on our jeans, and probably in our hair. We rehearse and reshoot, we practice before practice, and we sing! — a little too much. We are surrounded by people just like us — passionate and focused on a career in the arts. We jump at the chance to challenge ourselves, take risks, and create works of startling beauty and originality. And we do it all within a close-knit and supportive UNCSA community that extends beyond campus to our active alumni network of working professional artists.

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