Undergraduate Filmmaking Admissions
UNCSA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) 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 and Decisions
Application and interview dates for the 2023-24 academic year will be announced this fall. Below is the information for the 2022-23 academic year for reference.
November 2, 2021 (11:59 pm)
January 19, 2022
January 19, 2022 (11:59 pm)
March 18, 2022
International Thespian Festival 2022
Representatives from the School of Filmmaking will be available at ITF 2022 to meet with interested candidates. Stopping by the exhibitor booth provides the opportunity to learn more about the school. UNCSA attendance is dependent upon an organization's ability to hold an in-person event. Prospective students who plan to attend an event at an off-campus site are advised to closely monitor that event’s page for possible updates.
Applicants should have or be on track to receive a high school diploma or equivalent with the following academic subjects:
|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||Three 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.
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).
ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT scores with the following minimum requirements:
- ACT: Minimum score of 22
- SAT: Minimum score of 1060
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 score must meet the minimum weighted GPA required for their undergraduate admissions.
ACT and SAT 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 should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:
- 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
- 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.
- Online: Follow payment instructions at the end of the application or on your Admissions 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.
- 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 listed 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.