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 the minimum test and educational requirements. An interview is required for admission. Interviews for the 2021-22 academic year have moved online and will be conducted live, virtually. 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.

*For scholarship consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to interview before February 1, 2021. This requires submitting a completed application and the required materials in time to meet either the November or January deadline.

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, 2020 (11:59 pm)

Friday, November 6, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020

January 18, 2021 (11:59 pm)

Friday, January 22, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021

March 1, 2021 (11:59 pm)

Monday, March 1, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021

Conference Interviews

D&P also conducts in-person interviews at industry conferences. D&P's attendance is dependent upon an organization's ability to hold their conference this year. It is advised that applicants monitor the hosting organization's website for possible changes from an in-person event to a virtual event. Candidates are required to share their portfolio at either their in-person or virtual interview.

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.

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

The average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score of applicants is 1200 and the average ACT score is 24.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability and the likelihood of additional cancellations, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2021.

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 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 scheduled 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.