School of Design & Production - UNCSA

School of Design & Production

School of Design & Production

One of the top theatrical design and production schools in the world, the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts delivers a profoundly creative, hands-on immersion in the behind-the-scenes magic of live theatre. Some schools bundle design and production courses under a generalist Theatre Studies degree. When you attend UNCSA, you get a stand-alone conservatory dedicated to rigorous professional training in every aspect of modern stagecraft: costume design and technology, wig and makeup design, scene design, sound design, stage management and more. Gain invaluable experience working on countless UNCSA productions a year — from ballet to opera to theatre — inside 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production space.

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Welcome from Dean Michael Kelley
Michael Kelley

Welcome from the UNCSA School of Design and Production. My name is Michael J. Kelley, Dean and alum of Design and Production, and I encourage you to make yourself at home as you explore the multitude of disciplines UNCSA has offered for over five decades. I believe that your natural gifts, combined with an education from the School of Design and Production at UNCSA, will propel you to the very highest levels.

Latest Headlines
5 Qs: Norman Coates, Director of Lighting, UNCSA

Norman Coates first joined the faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) more than 25 years ago and has since become the director of lighting in the School of Design & Production.

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Eighth Winston-Salem Light Project illumines a hidden space

The project aims to transform spaces in downtown Winston-Salem to illuminate the relationships among the city, art and life.


Relationships of all kinds are fodder for 'The Women' at UNCSA

The Winston-Salem Journal special correspondent Bill Cissna reviews "The Women." “The Women” features a large and multi-faceted cast of females from several classes of the drama department.


Industry Connections

The number of alumni from the School of Design & Production employed in their chosen profession is truly remarkable, approaching 100 percent. Graduates can be found throughout a number of industries including:

Alumni Stories
There’s no better marker of the success of our program, and no greater source of pride, than the achievements of our alumni.
Design & Production News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Design & Production through these features and news stories.
Lighting, sound, costumes and more – the School of Design & Production brings shows to life.