University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Public, 4-year or above

Faculty

192 Faculty Members | 5:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

The mission of this school is to train talented students for professional careers in the arts. School of the Arts graduates go on to dance with American Ballet Theatre, sing at the Metropolitan Opera; act on Broadway and in film, design Emmy and Tony-Award winning shows and win student Academy Awards. NCSA alumni represent the very best in the arts today!

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$9,358

Out of state

$25,901
Graduate

In state

$12,057

Out of state

$26,064

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
80%
Did not receive aid
20%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 27.0% $4,739
State/local grants 17.0% $4,255
Institutional grants 63.0% $7,149
Loans 59.0% $7,717

Financial aid resources

Paying for college

Learn about different ways to cover costs, incluing financial aid, GI Bills, grants and scholarships

Applying for financial Aid

Review this step-by-step guide on everything you need to do to complete your application.

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Dance, General
      • A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production. Examples: [Dance Movement Studies] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
      • A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic, technical and dramatic principles and techniques to the communication of dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through technical theatre methods. Includes instruction in set design, lighting design, sound effects, theatre acoustics, scene painting, property management, costume design, and technical direction and production and use of computer applications to support these functions. Examples: [Scene Painting] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      • A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations. Examples: [Cinema Production] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Music Performance, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings. See other colleges that offer this major

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Music Performance, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
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Graduate ProgramsX

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic, technical and dramatic principles and techniques to the communication of dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through technical theatre methods. Includes instruction in set design, lighting design, sound effects, theatre acoustics, scene painting, property management, costume design, and technical direction and production and use of computer applications to support these functions. Examples: [Scene Painting] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      • A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations. Examples: [Cinema Production] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Music Performance, General
      • A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings. See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
36.34%
  • Apply 1,197
  • Accepted 435
  • Attend 219

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$95
Graduate
$95

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Required
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Required
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Recommended
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Required

Average sat scores

Half of the freshman class scored within these ranges. 25% scored lower and 25% scored higher. 2020 data.

Math
Reading

Average act scores

Half of the freshman class scored within these ranges. 25% scored lower and 25% scored higher. 2020 data.

Composite
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
59%
Male Students
41%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian66.54%
  2. Hispanic/Latino10.28%
  3. Black9.53%
  4. Two Or More Ethnicities8.51%
  5. Asian2.34%
  6. Not Specified2.06%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.65%
  8. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.09%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

1,102

Undergraduate students

944

Graduate students

158

Attendance breakdown

Full time
98%
Part time
2%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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