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Audition/Interview Information and Dates

All applicants to UNC School of the Arts must audition or interview with arts faculty. Scheduled audition/interview dates for each arts department can be viewed by Following this link: Audition/Interview Dates
Please review this information before starting your application as you must enter a scheduled audition/interview date and location on your application.

NOTE Program Restrictions:

  • Dance high school program for Ballet is 9th through 12th grade. The Contemporary      Dance high school program is for 10th through 12th grade.
  • Drama high school program is 12th grade only.
  • Music high school program is 9th through 12th grade. However, the high school voice     program is only 11th through 12th grade.
  • Visual Arts program is 11th or 12th grade.

    Application Priority Dates

    Applications must be received in the Office of Admissions by the dates listed below. Accompanying application documentation (see below for details) must be received in the Office of Admissions before the date of your audition or interview. Note: Click the arts school link to which you are applying for additional information about required documentation.

    In order to facilitate a smooth admissions process and a speedy review of student files, students are encouraged to apply by a set of priority dates. Each priority date acts as a deadline by which you must apply in order to have an interview or audition granted during a given timeframe. Please review the interview/audition dates for your selected program to ensure you apply by one of the priority dates. Please be aware that each arts school has different audition and interview dates and that a school may not have audition or interview dates after a certain time.

    Application Process

    The following information outlines the application process and documentation needed to ensure your application file is complete. Please read all information before starting your application. Your failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on this application will be grounds to deny or withdraw your offer of admission or dismiss you after enrollment.

    1) Application Form and Application Fee.

    • Complete the application form in full.
    • You have the option to pay the application fee online or to choose check or fee waiver. The application fee is non-refundable.
      • $95 for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and $130 for Non-Resident Aliens. International applicants should not choose the credit card option. International applicants use to access Peer Transfer to pay your application fee.
      • Do not send cash.
    • If you choose to pay with a check or money order, it should include your full legal name on the check or money order made payable to UNCSA through a U.S. bank. Mail your payment along with your signed Application Agreement Statement to the following address:

      Office of Admissions
      UNC School of the Arts
      1533 South Main Street
      Winston-Salem, NC 27127

    • If you are applying to 2 different arts schools within UNCSA you must complete a second application and submit a second application fee.

    2) Transcripts

    • Official sealed, signed or notarized copies of all secondary school academic records, that includes a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. High School seniors who have taken classes at a college/university need to contact the Registrar Office at that school and have an official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions.
    • Home Schooled applicants must provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency. Home schooled applicants must provide course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, tests used and evaluation of knowledge that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school an official transcript from that school must be submitted.

    4) Recommendation Letters

    • 2 letters of recommendation are required of all applicants and are to be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
      • 1 letter is to come from an arts instructor and 1 from an academic instructor.
      • If not currently enrolled in school a letter may come†from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc.
      • Click here for the form

    5) Mandatory Information Form

    • Complete, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor to complete, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions. If not currently enrolled in school the form may be completed by an employer, mentor or instructor who has known you for at least 1 year or more.
      Note: Home schooled applicants must have someone other than a parent complete the form.
    • Click here for the form

    6) Artistic Statement

    • A 2 page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. This document may be used if you are recommended for scholarship consideration. Please include your full name on the document.

    7) Resume

    • A document detailing artistic experience and educational objectives. Note: Some arts schools require additional information. Please visit the admissions link for each arts school for requirements.


    How To Submit My Supplemental Application Materials:

    The following items can be emailed to the admissions office after completion. Please send to:

  • Artistic Statement
  • Resume
  • Recommendation Letters (Form and/or letter must be scanned and    emailed by recommender)
  • Please follow the format below for emailing documentation:
    -When emailing your documents, follow this format for the subject    line:
       Last name, First name, title of document.
       For example: Doe, John, Artistic Statement
    - If your name is not in the subject line we cannot guarantee that    your document(s) will be processed correctly.
    - In addition, please attach documents that are only in PDF (.pdf) or    Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). If pictures are attached    please ensure that they are either in .jpg or .png format.

    The following items must be mailed to our university address (1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2738) with attention to the Office of Admissions.

  • Application Agreement Statement
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores (if applicable)
  • Mandatory Information Form

    Please check the admissions page of the specific art school that you are applying to in order to see if there are any additional documents that must be sent to the office of admissions. (The pages are linked below)

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