Undergraduate Filmmaking Admissions

UNCSA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Filmmaking with several concentrations from which to choose. In your first year, you will explore the fundamentals of all these concentrations. In the second year, you will narrow your focus to one or two of the disciplines you wish to pursue in your third and fourth years.

Once your application is complete and you meet the admissions criteria as listed below, the School of Filmmaking faculty will evaluate your application file. Admission to the UNCSA School of Filmmaking program is based on a combination of your completed online application, video essay, portfolio, artistic statement and academic merits.

Deadlines & Interview Dates 

Application & Required Documents Completed by:

Decision Timeline:

November 1, 2019
Early decision deadline

Early Admission Decisions Released
December 13, 2019

Invited Student Day (on-campus event by invite only)
January 18, 2020

January 6, 2020

Admission Decisions Released
February 21, 2020

Invited Student Day (on-campus event by invite only)
March 21, 2020

Invited Student Days are on-campus events for students who have been invited to attend by the School of Filmmaking. If invited, the invitation will be extended in concurrence with your Admission Decision. For those invited, the event will not be mandatory but attendance will be strongly encouraged. Please do not make travel arrangements until an invitation is extended.

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.   

Transfer Applicants

Transfer or advanced placement credits for liberal arts classes taken at another institution are subject to the general policies of the Division of Liberal Arts.

Our curriculum in the School of Filmmaking from Year One onward is sequential and intensive, and therefore we require students—including college transfers—to complete all four years of our program. Transfer credits in lieu of film classes required of the School of Filmmaking will be considered on a case-by-case basis, only if the student has earned a B or better for the course, and the course meets with faculty approval (based on review of the syllabus and course description).


High School GPA of 3.0 or higher and, if applicable, College GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Test Scores

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

  • ACT: Minimum score of 22
  • SAT: Minimum score of 1060 combined for the new SAT

Transfer Applicants
SAT and ACT scores are waived for college transfer students who are age 21 or older and/or have earned 24 or more academic credit hours at the time of application.

International Applicants
International students should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS scores with the following minimum score requirements:

  • ACT: Minimum English Writing Component of 21
  • SAT: Minimum score of 1060 combined for the new SAT
  • 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 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 prior to your scheduled audition. 

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


Rachael Garrett
Filmmaking Admissions Counselor

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

Contact Rachael