The Bachelor of Fine Arts (undergraduate) professional training program is open to college students who wish to specialize in one of five design concentrations (Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Sound Design, or Wig and Makeup Design) or one of five production concentrations (Costume Technology, Scene Painting, Stage Properties, Stage Management, or Technical Direction). The B.F.A. is earned in a four-year conservatory program.
Students interested in taking arts classes but foregoing academic program classes may pursue the Arts Diploma. All Design & Production courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts are required for the Arts Diploma. Additional academic program courses may be taken but are not required. The diploma is earned in a four-year conservatory program.
Undergraduates who wish to have the opportunity to design realized productions must be enrolled in the B.F.A. program.
Transfer students are placed according to ability and experience at the discretion of the dean, following a review of prior courses completed and discussions with faculty members. Where applicable, appropriate advanced placement credit will be given. A transfer student must spend a minimum of two years in-residence at the School to qualify for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Production.
To remain in the program, the student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 average in both academic programs and arts courses through the first year; and in the following years, an average of 2.0 in academic program courses and 2.5 in arts courses. In addition, the faculty evaluates students each term, inviting them to continue in the program only as long as they demonstrate substantial growth toward artistic excellence. Students are required to show their portfolio at the end of each year with a final portfolio review before the full faculty at the end of the term before graduation. Both B.F.A. and Arts Diploma candidates are required to make the formal portfolio presentation in order to graduate.
Students in their final year may, with the permission of the dean and approval of the faculty, receive credit for one or two terms of arts courses through internship with a professional company. These students continue to pay regular tuition to the North Carolina School of the Arts.