Undergraduate Design & Production Admissions

UNCSA offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in the School of Design & Production (D&P) in several concentrations. You will complete an online application and upload required documents. A digital portfolio will be uploaded as part of the application. You must meet the minimum test and educational requirements. An interview is required for admission - should you be invited to interview, you will bring a physical portfolio of your work to an in-person interview with D&P faculty on the UNCSA campus. Admission is based on a combination of your artistic and academic merits.

Deadlines & Interview Dates

On-Campus Interviews

The application for Fall 2020 will open September 2019. UNCSA does not have Spring enrollment. Interviews will begin in October 2019. Interviews should be scheduled prior to February 1st for applicants seeking a merit scholarship.

Off-Campus Preliminary Interview

UNCSA faculty will travel to NYC, LA, SETC, USITT and other loccations throughout the year. If you would like to set up a preliminary interview, contact your admissions counselor after completing your application. The preliminary interview will not decide admission - a second interview will be required with faculty from the concentration of application for those who are invited to move forward in the admissions process. An on-campus interview or visit is recommended.

Video/Phone Interviews

Video/Phone interviews are available for applicants with significant financial difficulties or international applicants. Please contact your admissions counselor after completing your application to discuss options.

Admissions Criteria

Academic Requirements

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

Subject Years Specifications
English 4  
Foreign Language 2 Years are in the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable.
Social Studies 2 Includes a U.S. History credit
Mathematics 3 Includes Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course
Science 3 Includes a life or biological science, a physical science like earth science, chemistry, or physics, and one additional science credit. One of your 3 credits should include a lab.

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 his or her proficiency.

GPA

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:

  • SAT: 880 composite score in Critical Reading & Math (or 800 for SAT scores prior to March 2016)
  • ACT: 17 (writing portion optional).

The average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score of applicants is 1700 and the average ACT score is 24.

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

  • ACT: English Writing Component of 21
  • SAT: Verbal & Writing Minimum of 500/500
  • TOEFL: 79 internet-based, 550 paper-based, or 213 computer-based
  • IELTS: 6.5

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 application status 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 Fee Waiver Request signed by your high school counselor. If you are applying through CFNC, select the "Check/Money Order" option.
  • 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 by your application materials deadline above prior to your scheudled audition.

Please note: If you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Music, Drama, Design & Production and Dance) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.

 

Monique Nottke
Design & Production Admissions Counselor

I'm here to help you apply for admission into the School of Design & Production. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Contact Monique