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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is accredited by two separate divisions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which is the accrediting body for educational institutions in the Southeast Region of the U.S.

UNCSA is accredited by the SACS Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) to award the high school diploma with concentrations in dance, drama, music, and visual arts.

UNCSA is accredited by the SACS Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the following certificates and degrees:

  • Undergraduate Arts Certificate
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance, Design & Production, Drama, and Filmmaking
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design and Production and Film Music Composition
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Professional Artist Certificate

The High School Academic Program and the Division of Liberal Arts are the academic components of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, comprising both the high school and college general education programs.

Studying Student

College B.F.A./B.M. Degree

The Division of Liberal Arts provides a wide array of courses that meet the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Bachelor of Music. Students generally take two academic courses per term for a total of 36 to 42 semester credits in the Division of Liberal Arts; requirements vary depending upon the arts school. Many students take more than the number of required courses and electives by the time they graduate from UNCSA.

UNCSA awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance, Design & Production, Drama, and Filmmaking, and the Bachelor of Music (B.M).

College Degree Requirements found in Bulletin

Academic Information for New Dance Students
Academic Information for New Design and Production Students
Academic Information for New Drama Students
Academic Information for New Filmmaking Students
Academic Information for New Music Students



College Student

College Arts Certificate

The Arts Certificate program is a college-level program designed to allow students who choose not to pursue a degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to take arts courses only. These students often include those who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at another institution. Students enrolled in the Arts Certificate program are prohibited from registering for Liberal Arts courses.

UNCSA awards the college Arts Certificate in Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.

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High School Diploma

The High School Academic Program grants the University of North Carolina School of the Arts diploma with concentrations in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts to students who successfully complete all requirements for their arts program and sufficient college preparatory-level academic courses to meet graduation requirements.  The high school program prides itself on ensuring that its graduates are successful applicants to a diverse array of college and university programs, in arts disciplines and other areas of study.  With the exception of music students in grades 8-10, students take up to four academic courses along with their required arts courses.  Music students in grades 8-10 may take up to five academic courses.

High School Requirements in Bulletin