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The School of Design & Production offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts.

Application Process

  • The application for admission must be completed online.
  • A nonrefundable application fee ($60 for U.S. Citizens/Permanent U.S. Resident/$110 for international applicants).
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the application deadline to secure the interview date they desire.
  • All required documentation must be on file in order for the applicant file to be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee for a final decision regarding acceptance.

Application Information in Admissions

Required Documentation for the Undergraduate Program
  •      Concentrations:     

    • Costume Design and Technology
    • Lighting
    • Scene Design
    • Scene Painting
    • Sound
    • Stage Management
    • Stage Properties
    • Scenic Technology
    • Wig & Makeup

  • Artistic Statement:

    • All undergraduate applicants must submit an artistic statement expressing their interests, goals and other information that gives insight into their work.

  • Resume:
    • All applicants must submit a resume detailing their artistic experience and educational objectives.

  • Undergraduate Portfolios:

    An original portfolio of work is required at the time of interview. Examples of work the portfolio might contain are:
    • photographs of productions
    • drawings or paintings from arts classes (not necessarily related to theatrical design)
    • three-dimensional work, models, sculpture
    • production books
    • production draftings
    • scene, costume or lighting examples, renderings and sketches
    • visual examples showing the applicant’s highest level of achievement and training, graphic abilities and artistic vision.
    • sketchbooks, preliminary sketches (your process)
    • sound systems diagrams, audio examples on CD, notation of cues
    • examples of woodworking skills, upholstery, furniture projects, masks, puppets or craft projects

  • Recommendation Letters:
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required.
      • One (1) letter is to come from an arts instructor
      • One (1) letter is to come from an academic instructor.
      • If not currently enrolled in school a letter may come from aan employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc.
    • All letters are to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions to be placed in the applicant’s file. Always list the Office of Admissions as the recipient.

  • Mandatory Information Form
    • Complete, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor to complete, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions.  If not enrolled in school/college at the current time the form should be completed by an employer, mentor, or instructor.
  • Artistic Statement
    • A two page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. 
  • Provision of Social Security Number form.
    • Sign and return.
  • Transcripts:
    • Official high school transcript showing course work in which you are currently enrolled or official transcript for any college course work. 
      • GED recipients should provide an official test score from the test center.
      • Home Schooled applicants must provide course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, test used and evaluation of knowledge that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements.  If the applicant has attended a traditional high school an official transcript from that school must be submitted. 
    • Official SAT/ACT score from the testing agency.

Required Documentation for the Graduate Program
  • Concentrations (MFA)

    • Costume Design, Costume Technology
      Renderings or costume sketches, photographs or slides of produced costumes, millinery, accessories, demonstrations of patterning, tailoring skills; figure-drawing; work in watercolors, acrylic, ink, etc.

    • Performing Arts Management
      A three-page (minimum) typed sample of writing that demonstrates expository (not creative) writing skills and a resume detailing relevant experience in production and/or administration. Writing samples might be, for younger applicants, an excerpt from a paper written for a class or, for students more removed from their undergraduate years, a press release, a grant narrative, etc.

    • Scene Design
      Design candidates should include sketchbooks and preliminary sketches (we are interested in your process), renderings, models or photographs of models, drawings, photographs of realized designs and their related materials-drafting, paint elevations, prop drawings, and other non-theatrical artwork demonstrating your visual expression and the exploration of ideas.

    • Scenic Art
      Scenic Artist candidates should include sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, production shots of your work, renderings, sculpture, designs, paint elevations, examples of soft good skills and other non-theatrical artwork.

    • Stage Properties
      Stage Properties candidates should include: sketchbooks, drafting, prop drawings, examples of your painting, scene painting, renderings or designs, woodworking skills or construction, metalworking, mould making, sculpture, soft good skills: sewing or upholstery, as well as items you have built: furniture, masks, puppets, costumes, craft pieces, and examples of craftsmanship.

    • Sound Design
      System design draftings, photos, audio examples used in productions, any documentation supporting script analysis and sound design for productions. Examples of any creative work.

    • Stage Automation
      Mechanical designs, draftings, structural designs, technical drawings, production work, and examples of computer or programming work.

    • Technical Direction
      Draftings, technical drawings, production photographs, construction detail photographs (if available), any documentation supporting your organizational and technical skills, and some examples of the quality of your craftsmanship.

    • Wig & Makeup Design
      Renderings; makeup designs; portraits; photographs of realized makeups and/or hairstyle designs; photographs of hairpieces or wigs constructed; examples of costuming, masks constructed, or millinery.

  • Writing Samples
    • An Artistic Statement expressing the applicant’s interests, goals and other information giving insight into their work is required of all graduate applicants.
    • In addition to the Artistic Statement, Performing Arts Management applicants must submit a three-page (minimum) typed sample of writing that demonstrates expository (not creative) writing skills. Writing samples might be, for younger applicants, an excerpt from a paper written for a class or, for students more removed from their undergraduate years, a press release, a grant narrative, etc.

  • Portfolio:
    • Applicants to the graduate program are required to submit an original portfolio of work at the time of interview. Applicants to the Performing Arts Management Program are not required to submit a portfolio; however, should applicants wish to bring additional samples of their work to the interview they are welcome to do so.

  • Resumes:
    • Applicants must submit a resume detailing artistic experience and education objectives.
    • Performing Arts Management candidates must present a resume of past performing arts experience in production and/or administration.

  • Recommendation Letters:
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required.
      • One (1) letter is to come from an arts instructor
      • One (1) letter is to come from an academic instructor.
      • Applicants who are no longer enrolled in college and do not have contact with an academic or arts instructor should have a letter of recommendation from an employer.
    • All letters are to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions to be placed in the applicant’s file. Always list the Office of Admissions as the recipient.

  • Mandatory Information Form
    • Complete, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor to complete, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions.  If not enrolled in school/college at the current time the form should be completed by an employer, mentor, or instructor.
  • Artistic Statement
    • A two page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. 
  • Provision of Social Security Number form.
    • Sign and return.
  • Transcripts:
    • Graduate applicants must supply an official transcript.
    • If currently enrolled in college, the applicant must supply a list of the college courses in progress.

Scheduling an Interview
  • Applicants must select a date from the list of approved dates provided.
  • Confirmation of the interview date, time and location will be sent to the applicant from the Office of Admissions after the application has been processed. Please allow for processing.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the application deadline to secure the interview date they desire and allow time for travel arrangements.
  • Applicants are encouraged to provide all required documentation prior to the interview.
  • Applicants to the graduate Performing Arts Management Program who prefer to interview on a weekday may contact Dave Olson, Program Director, at olsond@uncsa.edu to arrange an alternate interview date.
  • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts reserves the right to cancel and reschedule auditions, or make other arrangements with the applicant due to inclement weather. If weather prohibits an audition from being held the cancellation notice will be placed on www.uncsa.edu.

Interview Dates

Applications must be received by the stated deadlines:

Still accepting applications for all remaining dates.

On-Campus Undergraduate Interview Dates
(Bachelor of Fine Arts)
 Friday, November 11, 2011*
Friday, December 2, 2011*
Friday, January 20, 2012*              
 Friday, January 27, 2012*           
Friday, February 3, 2012*
Friday, February 17, 2012*
Friday, March 2, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012

*Undergraduate applicants:  priority for merit scholarship consideration will be given to applicants who interview between November 11, 2011 and February 17, 2012.

Consortium of Theatre Schools and Off-Campus Interview Dates
(Undergraduate & Graduate)
Location
Saturday, February 4, 2012*         
New York, NY
Sunday, February 5, 2012*                  
New York, NY
 Tuesday, February 7, 2012*
Chicago, IL
 Wednesday, February 8, 2012*
Chicago, IL
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Chattanooga, TN (SETC) 
 Friday, March 9, 2012
Chattanooga, TN (SETC) 
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Long Beach, CA (USITT)
Friday, March 30, 2012
Long Beach, CA (USITT)

 

NOTE: Off-campus interviews may be conducted by a faculty member who does not teach in the specific program that you are applying for. Please come prepared with take-away materials  for program faculty to examine on campus. Students who interview off-campus may be asked to participate in an additional telephone, Skype or campus interview.

 

Friday Applicants check-in time: 1:30 p.m. location D&P Administrative Office

Saturday Applicants check-in time: 12:00 p.m. location D&P Administrative Office

On-Campus Graduate Interview Dates
(Master of Fine Arts)
 Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012           
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012

 

International Applicants (applicants who do not hold United States citizenship)


APPLICATION

  1. Complete an online application but do not use credit card payment method. There is a non-refundable application fee of $110 payable in U.S. dollars by certified check, money order or wire.  Wiring instructions are available on this link: http://www.uncsa.edu/studentaccounts/wiring%20procedures.pdf
  2. Complete the Required International Student Questions.

TRANSCRIPTS

  1. Course work completed at institutions outside U.S. must be submitted with a notarized or certified English translation.  An accredited foreign  educational credential evaluation service may also be used. 
  2. Submit an official translation in English of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required.
      • One (1) letter is to come from an arts instructor
      • One (1) letter is to come from an academic instructor.
      • Applicants who are no longer enrolled in college and do not have contact with an academic or arts instructor should have a letter of recommendation from an employer.
    • All letters are to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions to be placed in the applicant’s file. Always list the Office of Admissions as the recipient.
  • Mandatory Information Form
    • Complete, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor to complete, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions.  If not enrolled in school/college at the current time the form should be completed by an employer, mentor, or instructor.
  • Artistic Statement
    • A two page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. 
  • Provision of Social Security Number form.
    • Sign and return.

 

TEST SCORES

  1. An official TOEFL score is required of all international applicants to the undergraduate program for whom English is not the first language.
  2. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based).  The internet based test is evaluated on an individual basis.

RESUME

  1. Each applicant provides a resume detailing artistic experience and educational objectives.

OTHER DOCUMENTS

  1. If you are a Permanent Resident a copy of both sides of your permanent resident paperwork should accompany the application or the application agreement statement.
  2. A copy of your current passport.
  3. If you hold a visa and/or I-20 provide a copy along with application materials.
  4. Verification of sufficient funds to cover the first year of enrollment or affidavit of support from a bank or sponsor is required.
  5. A completed UNC School of the Arts Financial Statement Form must be completed by the applicant and can be accessed on www.uncsa.edu/admissions/guidelines.htm.

Notification of Decision
  • Decisions concerning admission are made only after all candidates have auditioned.
  • The Admissions Review Committee must review applicant files that are recommended for acceptance and make the final admission decision.
  • All required materials must be on file for the applicant to be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. No incomplete files will be reviewed.

Other Requirements
  • Complete and sign the Provision of Social Security Number form provided with the application.
  • Complete the top section of the Mandatory Information Form, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor. If currently not enrolled in school, the form may be given to an employer, mentor, instructor, etc.

Final Steps
  • For your records keep copies of the application and all materials mailed to the Office of Admissions. Items can get lost in the mail.
  • Always address materials to the following mailing address:

    Office of Admissions
    University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    1533 S. Main St.
    Winston-Salem, NC 27127
  • Materials mailed to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts only may be distributed to other departments and delay processing of your application.