School of Design & Production

School of Design & Production

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 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production space. Here you will learn to build the future of entertainment.

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Michael Kelley, Dean of Design & Production
Michael Kelley

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.” 

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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.

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School of Design & Production Performances
Lighting, sound, costumes and more – the School of Design & Production brings shows to life.