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
Though the school year hasn't ended the way we anticipated, our resilient community of artists has continued to power creativity. They've brought light, levity and love to a world who needs it most. Look back at some defining moments of our year.
Five members of the class of 2020 are recipients of Student Artpreneur Grants of $2,500 each to support their creative work or creative enterprise: Tramaine Raphael Gray, Miles McKeller-Smith, Mayra Rodas, Lauren Blair Smith and Kayana Waller.
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