One of the top theatrical design and production schools in the world, the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts delivers a profoundly creative, hands-on immersion in the behind-the-scenes magic of live theatre. Some schools bundle design and production courses under a generalist Theatre Studies degree. When you attend UNCSA, you get a stand-alone design & production conservatory dedicated to rigorous professional training in every aspect of modern stagecraft: costume design and technology, wig and makeup design, scene design, sound design, stage management and more. Gain invaluable experience working on countless UNCSA productions a year — from ballet to opera to theatre — inside 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production space. Here you will learn to build the future of entertainment.
Visual Arts student Sadie Cornette Cook (HS '16) says UNCSA gave her portfolio the edge over applicants to Yale and other art schools.
Alumnus and Disney Imagineer Nathaniel Gearhart shares how UNCSA prepared him for his dream job bringing magic alive in Disney Parks and Resorts.
Award-winning alumnus Michael Kelley became the Dean of Design & Production in 2015 after achieving success as a senior producer and principal designer on Broadway, in regional theatre, television, film and themed entertainment. He has been an art director and set decorator for HBO, Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, Lifetime Network, Children’s Television Workshop and Walt Disney Imagineering, and he received Emmy Awards for his work on “Deadwood” and “Sesame Street.”Meet Dean Kelley
"Painted Love," a 2019 senior thesis film by students in the School of Filmmaking, won a Judges' Award at Joedance Film Festival, a Charlotte-based showcase for projects created in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Several UNCSA alumni are nominated for Emmy Awards in creative arts categories, and other alumni have worked on programs that are nominated as the best in their category.
School of Design & Production videos highlight the behind the scenes work of students who bring UNCSA productions to life, along with profiles of alumni working in varied industries—from Broadway stages to theme parks.Discover design and production on YouTube