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. You will complete an online application and upload the required documents. A digital portfolio will be uploaded as part of the application. You must meet all required academic and test score minimums.

An interview is required for admission. Interviews for the 2022-23 academic year will be conducted live, virtually over Zoom. If invited to interview, you will discuss a portfolio of your work with the D&P faculty. Admission is based on a combination of your artistic and academic merits.

Deadlines & Interview Dates

In order to be reviewed for admission - the application, fee and all required documents must be submitted by one of the designated deadlines.

Deadline

Interview Dates (online only)

November 2, 2021 (11:59 pm) November 5, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 3, 2021
January 14, 2022
January 19, 2022 (11:59 pm)

February 4, 2022
February 18, 2022
February 25, 2022

Conference Interviews

Representatives from Design & Production are available at industry events to meet with interested candidates. Scheduling an off-campus meeting provides the opportunity to meet D&P faculty members, learn more about the school and 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. Faculty 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 required to bring a portfolio and advised to closely monitor this page for possible updates.

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

Units

Specifications

English

4

Four units in English emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature

Foreign Language

2

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

Social Studies

2

Includes one U.S. History credit

Mathematics

3

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

Science

3

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.

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:

  • 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 2022.Students who do not submit an ACT or SAT test score must meet the minimum weighted GPA required for their undergraduate admissions.

International Applicants

International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo 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
  • Duolingo: 100

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