Quick Facts

Founded

Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the North Carolina School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 as America’s first public arts conservatory. The school became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.

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 Museums & Gardens—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 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 & Production (includes a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking and Music—plus a High School Academic Program and Division of Liberal Arts.

Enrollment (Fall 2016)

1,305 students—including 263 high school, 907 undergraduate, 133 graduate

Student Profile (Fall 2016)

UNCSA students typically come from two-thirds of North Carolina’s 100 counties; the other half comes from 49 other states and nearly two dozen foreign countries.

Faculty Profile (Fall 2016)

141 full-time, resident faculty plus 76 visiting/adjunct

Student/Faculty Ratio

9:1 (includes high school) 

Tuition and Fees (2017-18)
  In-State Out of State
High School $1,532 - commuter
$2,820 - residential
$12,771
Undergraduate $6,370 $22,240
Graduate $8,306 $22,103
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 (2016-17)

With a $30.9 million state appropriation, UNCSA represents less than 1 percent of the entire UNC system budget

Endowment (June 2016)

$50.96 million

Degrees, Diplomas Awarded
  High School Undergraduate Graduate
Dance High School Diploma Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  
Design & Production High School Diploma (Visual Arts Program) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Drama High School Diploma Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  
Filmmaking   Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Music High School Diploma Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Master of Music
(M.M.) / Performing Arts Certificate

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

HIGH SCHOOL FACT BOOKS  COLLEGE FACT BOOKS