Undergraduate Design & Production Admissions

UNCSA offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in the School of Design & Production 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 off-campus in New York and Los Angeles.

On-Campus Interviews
Application Completed By Available On-Campus Interviews
September 29, 2017

October 20, 2017 and all dates below.

*Please note: Interviews for the Wig & Makeup and Stage Management programs are full for 10/20/17.

October 2, 2017

November 3, 2017 and all dates below.
November 17, 2017

November 3, 2017 December 1, 2017 and all dates below.
December 1, 2017 January 19, 2018 and all dates below.
January 20, 2018 February 2, 2018 and all dates below.
January 26, 2018 February 16, 2018 and all dates below.
Currently Accepting Applications

February 23, 2018
March 2, 2018
March 16, 2018

Applicants who attend interviews held on-campus before March 1, 2018 are eligible for priority merit scholarship consideration.
Off-Campus Interviews
 Application Completed By Available Off-Campus Interviews
December 1, 2017

New York
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue (between 36th & 37th Street)
Room 17-J
New York, NY  10018-4177
212-799-5433 x 222 for Reception

January 26, 2018

Los Angeles

February 9, 2018
The Hettema Group main office
67 Valley Street
Pasadena, CA  91105
Ph: 626-683-9876 

February 10, 2018
The Hettema Group (cottage next to the Corporate Office – 1 building West of main office)
73 Valley Street
Pasadena, CA  91105
Ph: 626-683-9876


Admissions Criteria

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have or be on track to receive a high school diploma or equivalent with the following academic subjects:

Subject Years Specifications
English 4  
Foreign Language 2 Years are in the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable.
Social Studies 2 Includes a U.S. History credit
Mathematics 3 Includes Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course
Science 3 Includes a life or biological science, a physical science like earth science, chemistry, or physics, and one science credit includes a lab

Note: Early College High School Graduates

This legislation only applies to seniors graduating from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early Colleges) who will earn an Associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma. 

All other Early College students will be evaluated using standard freshman criteria. Applicants from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS) receive special consideration in the admission review for UNC system universities based on North Carolina law.

According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.” This link http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cihs/ will tell you if your school is a CIHS.

Being “considered” refers to the evaluation of your credentials and not your student type. Regardless of how you are evaluated, you are considered a new freshman upon enrollment. You will be a freshman with college credit. 

If you feel strongly that your standardized test scores or high school GPA will hinder you in the freshman review, please don’t hesitate to contact an admissions counselor to discuss the transfer review option. Admission to UNCSA is by audition and or interview and all applicants to the undergraduate program are considered first time freshmen.  The School makes every effort to place the student at the arts level that best reflects his or her proficiency.


High School or College GPA of 2.5 or higher. The average GPA for an entering UNCSA undergraduate student is 3.5.

Test Scores

ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT test scores with the following minimum score requirements:

  • SAT: 880 composite score in Critical Reading & Math (or 800 for SAT scores prior to March 2016)
  • ACT: 17 (writing portion optional).

The average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score of applicants is 1700 and the average ACT score is 24.

International Applicants
International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • ACT: English Writing Component of 21
  • SAT: Verbal & Writing Minimum of 500/500
  • TOEFL: 79 internet-based, 550 paper-based, or 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. 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.
  • Fee Waiver: Submit an SAT or ACT Fee Waiver Request signed by your high school counselor. Select the "Check/Money Order" option on the CFNC online application.
  • 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 Required Application Documents prior to your scheduled interview date.

Please note: If you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Music, Drama, Design & Production and Dance) 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