Graduate Design & Production Admissions

The UNCSA School of Design & Productions offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in several concentrations. Along with your online application and required documents, you will submit a portfolio of your work and interview with Design & Production faculty. Admission to the School of Design & Production is based on a combination of your artistic and academic merits.

Deadlines & Interview Dates

Choice of interview dates depends on when you complete your online application and submit your required application documents. More choices of interview dates will be available to you the earlier you apply. Interviews will be held on the UNCSA campus and in New York and Los Angeles.  

On-Campus Interviews
Application Completed By Available On-Campus Interview Dates
November 3, 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017 and all dates below.
Currently Accepting Applications Friday, February 23, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Applicants who attend the Dec. 1, 2017 on-campus interview are eligible for priority merit scholarship consideration.
Off-Campus Interviews
 Application Completed By Available Off-Campus Interviews
December 1, 2017

New York
January 27 and 28, 2018

January 26, 2018 Los Angeles
February 9 and 10, 2018

Admissions Criteria


Applicants to all graduate Design & Production programs should have completed an undergraduate degree or be scheduled for completion of a degree prior to the upcoming Fall semester.

Test Scores (International Applicants)

International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS Scores
International applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, with minimum scores of:

  • TOEFL: 79 internet-based, 550 paper based, 213 computer based
  • IELTS: 6.5

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

1. Complete the CFNC online application.

2. Pay your Application Fee: $95 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $130 for international applicants or non-resident aliens. Application fees are non-refundable.

Payment Options

  • Online: Follow payment instructions on the CFNC online application.
  • Check or Money Order (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and signed Application Agreement Statement—downloaded at the completion of the online application—to the Office of Admissions.
  • International Applicants: Use Flywire to pay your application fee online through an international bank or pay by check or money order through a U.S. bank as listed above.

3. Applicants are encouraged to submit all Required Application Documents prior to your scheduled interview date.

Please note: If you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Music, Filmmaking and Design & Production) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.


Sheeler Lawson
Design & Production Admissions Counselor

I'm happy to help guide you through the admissions process. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Contact Sheeler