Founded: In 1963 and opened in 1965, established by the N.C. General Assembly.

Mission: To train students for professional careers in the arts.

Status: Public, coeducational, one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina 

Campus: 74 acres in Winston-Salem, N.C., near Old Salem, a national tourist attraction. Accessible by interstates 40, 85 and 77. Twenty minutes from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro. 

Accreditation: The high school academic program is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Both are accreditation divisions of AdvancED.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts college programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the 4 year arts certificate, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and the professional artists certificate.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UNCSA. 

Calendar: Two terms (fall and spring), August to May. Also a Summer Session.

Schools: Five – Dance, Design and Production (includes a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music – plus a High School Academic Program and Division of Liberal Arts.

Enrollment (Fall 2015): total 1,240 including 270 high school, 856 undergraduate (including 6 special students), 114 graduate.

Student Profile (Fall 2015): 670 in-state and 570 out-of-state; from 64 NC counties and 46 states excluding NC and DC; 37 international students; 228 in Dance, 299 in D&P (including 36 in Visual Arts), 127 in Drama, 323 in Filmmaking, and 263 in Music; 680 females and 560 males.

Faculty Profile (Fall 2015): 135 full-time, 51 part-time as well as many notable guest artists each year.

Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1 (includes high school) 

Tuition and Fees (2015-2016):

  • High school: $1,131 (in-state commuter); $2,139 (in-state on-campus); $15,474 (out-of-state)
  • Undergraduate: $8,718 (in-state); $24,138 (out-of-state)
  • Graduate: $10,294 (in-state); $23,401 (out-of-state)

Housing: Eight residence halls — six for college students, two for high school students. Also offering an on-campus student apartment complex and an off-campus student apartment complex within walking distance. 

Facilities: Eleven performance and screening spaces comparable to the best in the industry. 

State-Authorized Appropriation (as of Oct. 31, 2015): $28.7 million 

Endowment (balance as of Jun. 30, 2015, UNCSA and UNCSA Foundation): $52.16 million

Degrees, Diplomas Awarded:

  • Dance – High School Diploma (9th-12th grades), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Design and Production – BFA, Master of Fine Arts (three years)
  • Drama – High School Diploma (12th grade only), BFA
  • Filmmaking – BFA, MFA (two years)
  • Music – High School Diploma (9th-12th grades), BM, MM (two years), Performing Arts Certificate (one year)
  • Visual Arts – High School Diploma (11th & 12th grades)

Additional statistical information about UNCSA can be found by viewing our High School and College Fact Books: