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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There’s no better marker of the success of our program, and no greater source of pride, than the achievements of our alumni.
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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
UNCSA's 'The Nutcracker' delivers a feast for the eyes and ears

UNC School of the Arts’ 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet opened Friday at the Stevens Center and will run through Dec. 18.

From the moment that the Mouse King curtain rises to the final fall of snowflakes, UNCSA’s “Nutcracker” delivers to the community a true masterpiece — a feast for the eyes and ears from start to finish.


Three Reasons 'The Nutcracker' is a Can't-Miss Holiday Event

The holidays are all about traditions – from decorating the tree to savoring grandma’s famous pecan pie. And one of the most anticipated traditions in North Carolina is UNC School of the Arts’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet.


UNCSA's 'Side Show' tells the human story of conjoined twin sisters

“Side Show,” an intriguingly different musical-theater story, opens Tuesday night in the Freedman Theatre at UNC School of the Arts.

The musical, based on the true story of conjoined twins who became vaudeville singing sensations, has music by Henry Kreiger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell.


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:

Design & Production News
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Lighting, sound, costumes and more – the School of Design & Production brings shows to life.