Undergraduate Design & Production Admissions

UNCSA offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees in the School of Design & Production (D&P) in several concentrations. To apply, complete the online application and upload the required documents and a digital portfolio. Applicants must meet all required academic or test score minimums.

An interview with the faculty is required for admission. Admission is based on a combination of artistic and academic merits.

Application Deadlines

In order for an application to be reviewed for admissions, all required materials must be submitted and the application fee must be paid by one of the following deadlines:

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Interview Dates

Interview Date Interview Type
Friday, October 28, 2022 * Virtual (over Zoom)
Friday, November 4, 2022 In-person, on the UNCSA campus
Monday, November 7, 2022 Virtual (over Zoom)
Friday, December 2, 2022 In-person, on the UNCSA campus
Wednesday, January 25, 2023** Virtual (over Zoom)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023** In-person, on the UNCSA campus
Wednesday, February 8, 2023** Virtual (over Zoom)
Wednesday, February 15, 2023** In-person, on the UNCSA campus

* Applicants who submit an application and upload all required materials by Wednesday, October 12, 2022, are eligible to interview on this date.

** Note: updated date as of 10/31/2022


Representatives from Design & Production are available at industry events to meet with interested candidates.  Scheduling an off-campus meeting provides the opportunity to learn more about the school or get feedback on your portfolio. Candidates with complete applications may contact Admissions to inquire if an official interview could be scheduled at one of the locations listed below. UNCSA attendance is dependent upon an organization's ability to hold an in-person event. Applicants who schedule a meeting or an interview at an off-campus site are advised to closely monitor that event’s page for possible updates.

Upcoming events

Admissions Criteria

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have or be on track to receive a high school diploma or equivalent with the following academic subjects:






Four units in English emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature

Foreign Language


Two consecutive credits of the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable

Social Studies


Includes one U.S. History credit



Includes Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course



3 course units in science including a life or biological science course, a physical science course and at least one laboratory course

Note: Early College High School Graduates

This legislation only applies to seniors graduating from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early Colleges) who will earn an Associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma. 

All other Early College students will be evaluated using standard freshman criteria. Applicants from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS) receive special consideration in the admission review for UNC system universities based on North Carolina law.

According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.” This link http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cihs/ will tell you if your school is a CIHS.

Being “considered” refers to the evaluation of your credentials and not your student type. Regardless of how you are evaluated, you are considered a new freshman upon enrollment. You will be a freshman with college credit. 

If you feel strongly that your standardized test scores or high school GPA will hinder you in the freshman review, please don’t hesitate to contact an admissions counselor to discuss the transfer review option. Admission to UNCSA is by audition and/or interview and all applicants to the undergraduate program are considered first time freshmen.  The School makes every effort to place the student at the arts level that best reflects their proficiency.


High School or College GPA of 2.5 or higher. The average GPA for an entering UNCSA undergraduate student is 3.5.

Test Scores

ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT test scores with the following minimum score requirements:

  • ACT: 19 (writing portion optional)
  • SAT: 1010 composite score in Critical Reading & Math

The average applicant's ACT score is 24 and the average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score is 1200.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2023.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired program may submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores in order to meet Admissions Criteria.

International Applicants

International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 100
  • ACT: English Language Arts (ELA) section: 21
  • SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) section: 540

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Pay your Application Fee: $95 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $130 for international applicants. Application fees are non-refundable.

    Payment Options
    • Online: Follow payment instructions at the end of the application or on your Admissions Portal.
    • Check or Money Order: (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and fully legible name of the applicant to the Office of Admissions.
    • Fee Waiver: Submit an SAT, ACT or NACAC Application Fee Waiver Request signed by your high school counselor.
    • International Applicants: Use Flywire to pay your application fee online through an international bank or pay by check or money order through a U.S. bank as listed above.
  3. Upload all Required Application Documents prior to your listed application deadline.

Please note: If applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music), a second completed application and application fee are required.