Required Application Documents
The following supplemental application documents are needed to complete your applicant file. With the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, you will have the option to upload your supplemental documents through your Admissions Portal after you have submitted your initial application to UNCSA.
You can submit your unofficial transcripts through your Admissions Portal for initial review of your application. Should you be admitted to UNCSA, any schools you have attended will need to send official transcripts to confirm your final grades at those schools.
High school and college transcripts should be submitted to the UNCSA Office of Admissions electronically whenever possible. If your high school does not have the capability to send your transcript electronically, please request that your official transcript be mailed to the Office of Admissions. If you have college credits, a college transcript will also need to be provided.
Official Transcripts should be sealed, signed or notarized for all secondary school academic records, and should include a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application.
Home Schooled Applicants
Home schooled applicants should provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency (if applicable) and should provide course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, as well as tests used or an assessment to show that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school, an official transcript from that school should be submitted.
College transfer students that have earned a high school diploma at the time of application will need to submit their official high school transcript, including final grades and graduation date, in addition to their college transcript. Unofficial college transcripts will be accepted for initial review of your application. If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree, then a high school transcript does not need to be submitted.
Dual enrollment students should only need to submit their high school transcript at the time of application. If the dual enrollment courses are not included on the high school transcript, students should also submit a college transcript. Official transcripts from high school and college, with final grades and graduation dates, will be required should a student be accepted to UNCSA.International Applicants
Official transcripts in your native language must be submitted with a literal English translation and credential evaluation by a certifying agency, such as the World Education Services (W.E.S.). If you cannot have an original academic record sent from your institution, please contact a certifying agency to verify what they would accept as a transcript from your institution. Faxed or scanned copies are not acceptable as official transcripts, but will be accepted for initial review of your application.
Official test scores should be submitted electronically to UNCSA.
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
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.
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 should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo 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
- Duolingo: 100
AP or IB Test Scores
Any AP or IB test scores should also be reported to the UNCSA Office of Admissions.
Letters of Recommendation
As a part of the application, UNCSA require applicants to submit contact information for two references. References will be sent a recommendation form and have the ability to upload an additional letter. UNCSA requires contact information for the following:
- One letter from an arts instructor
- One letter from an academic instructor
If you are not currently enrolled in school, a letter may come from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc
Application Agreement Statement
Undergraduate applicants should print, complete and upload a copy of the Application Agreement Statement only if they are under the age of 18 at the time they apply.
Submit a two-page artistic statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work.
- Include your full name on the document.
- This document may be used if you are recommended for scholarship consideration.
Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples by admitted students.
Include a resume detailing your artistic experience and educational objectives.
An original portfolio of your work is required for your admissions interview with the School of Filmmaking. Read more about requirements for your portfolio.
As part of your online admissions application, you will be given a question and access to a video essay page where you can record your answer online.
To record your video, you will need to use a computer with a webcam and a browser that supports media recording (Chrome and Firefox).
The video essay page provides you with the ability to perform a test recording. This allows you to ensure that your webcams and microphones are working as desired prior to recording your actual video essay.
The duration of the video will not exceed three-minutes. You will be granted two attempts to complete the video essay.
Additional International Documents
In addition to the documents listed above, international applicants should also be prepared to submit the following documents to your Admissions Counselor only after you have received notification that you've been accepted to UNCSA: