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.
To train students for professional careers in the arts.
Public, coeducational, one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina
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.
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.
Two terms (fall and spring), August to May. Also a Summer Session.
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
9:1 (includes high school)
Tuition and Fees (2017-18)
|In-State||Out of State|
|High School||$1,532 - commuter
$2,820 - residential
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.
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)
Degrees, Diplomas Awarded
|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
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