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

Application, Fee and All Required Documents Submitted By:

Available On Campus Interview Dates

October 25, 2019 Friday, November 1, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
January 17, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Monday February 17, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

Applications may be submitted after the deadline upon approval. Please contact the Design & Production Admissions Counselor:
Monique Nottke

Friday, March 6, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020

Off-Campus Interview

Although on-campus interviews are strongly recommended, Design & Production Faculty also conduct off-campus interviews in NYC and LA.  An off-campus interview could determine an offer of enrollment or could result in a request to visit campus in order to meet with additional faculty.  Like the on-campus interview, candidates are required to bring their portfolio.

Off-Campus Interview Location

Interview Dates Available

Atlanta, GA
November 9 & 10 (Saturday & Sunday)
New York, NY
(Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave)

January 18 & 19, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)

Los Angeles, CA
(Crowne Plaza, 5985 West Century Blvd)
February 7 & 8, 2020 (Friday & Saturday)
Louisville, KY
February 27 – 29, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)
Houston, TX
April 2 – 4, 2020 (Thursday – Saturday)

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 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 his or her 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:

  • 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 1200 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