Prospective Students

You belong at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Visit UNCSA and meet people just like you—talented and ambitious young musicians, actors, dancers, designers, filmmakers and visual artists who are serious about a professional career in the creative and performing arts, and entertainment industry. Immerse yourself in a culture of artistic excellence surrounded by amazing new friends and supportive faculty and staff. There’s simply no other place like UNCSA.

Visit and tour Apply and audition

Academic Programs

UNCSA proudly offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificates and high school diplomas in the creative and performing arts.

  • College Programs combine a transformative conservatory experience in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking and music with a strong liberal arts academic tradition.
  • Graduate Programs offer master’s-level training in design and production, filmmaking and music, and post-master certificates.
  • High School Programs feature a college-prep curriculum augmented with individualized conservatory training in dance, drama, music or the visual arts. 

The UNCSA Experience

Challenging. Inspiring. Intense. Transformative. This is how UNCSA students and alumni describe the conservatory experience. You learn from the best—working artists with one foot in the professional world and one in the classroom. You live and work alongside immensely talented and enthusiastic young artists and performers from across the country and around the world. And you do everything in beautiful, modern facilities—plenty of rehearsal spaces, fully equipped art and design studios and world-class performance halls. You will leave UNCSA knowing how to work hard, dream big and pursue your art as a seasoned working professional.

How to Apply

The UNCSA application and audition process is specific to each of our five schools and if you are applying to the high school, undergraduate or graduate programs within the art school. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

Check Application Status

If you have already applied or started an online application, you can also: