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The School of Design & Production offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree.


  • Costume Design and Technology
  • Lighting
  • Scene Design
  • Scene Painting
  • Sound
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Properties
  • Scenic Technology
  • Wig & Makeup

Undergraduate Application Guidelines & Requirements for Freshmen Applicants

Undergraduate Application Guidelines & Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Undergraduate International Application Guidelines & Requirements


Applications must be received in the Office of Admissions by the dates listed below. Accompanying application documentation must be received in the Office of Admissions before the date of your audition or interview.

In order to facilitate a smooth admissions process and speedy review of applicant files, applicants 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 audition or interview during a given timeframe. Please review the audition and interview 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 dates after a certain time.

Priority Dates:

  • 10/24/2015 - Applicants who apply before October 24, 2015 will be eligible to interview for any of the published dates.

  • 1/16/2016 - Applicants who apply after October 24, 2015 but before January 16, 2016 will be eligible to interview for any published dates after February 1, 2016.


Click the following link to view the interview dates. Make sure to only select dates in the column labeled "School of Design and Production." Interview Dates PDF

*Undergraduate applicants:  priority for merit scholarship consideration will be given to applicants who interview between November 7, 2015 and February 20, 2016.

 NOTE: Off-campus interviews may be conducted by a faculty member who do not teach in the specific concentration to which you are applying.  You should bring with you to the interview a sample of your work that can be taken back to the UNCSA campus. Students who interview off-campus may be asked to participate in an additional telephone, Skype or campus interview.


An original portfolio of work is required at the time of interview. Examples of work the portfolio might contain are:

  • photographs of productions
  • drawings or paintings from arts classes (not necessarily related to theatrical design)
  • three-dimensional work, models, sculpture
  • production books
  • production draftings or mechanical drawings
  • scene, costume or lighting examples, renderings and sketches
  • visual examples showing the applicant’s highest level of achievement and training, graphic abilities and artistic vision.
  • sketchbooks, preliminary sketches (your process)
  • sound systems diagrams, audio examples on CD, notation of cues
  • examples of woodworking skills, upholstery, furniture projects, masks, puppets or craft projects.
  • Costume Design, Costume Technology
    Renderings or costume sketches, photographs or slides of produced costumes, millinery, accessories, demonstrations of patterning, tailoring skills; figure-drawing; work in watercolors, acrylic, ink, etc.

  • Performing Arts Management
    Admission to the Performing Arts Management program has been suspended for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applications will not be accepted for this program for the upcoming year. Applications will resume for the fall of 2014-2015.
  • Scene Design
    Design candidates should include sketchbooks and preliminary sketches (we are interested in your process), renderings, models or photographs of models, drawings, photographs of realized designs and their related materials-drafting, paint elevations, prop drawings, and other non-theatrical artwork demonstrating your visual expression and the exploration of ideas.

  • Scenic Art
    Scenic Artist candidates should include sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, production shots of your work, renderings, sculpture, designs, paint elevations, examples of soft good skills and other non-theatrical artwork.

  • Stage Properties
    Stage Properties candidates should include: sketchbooks, drafting, prop drawings, examples of your painting, scene painting, renderings or designs, woodworking skills or construction, metalworking, mould making, sculpture, soft good skills: sewing or upholstery, as well as items you have built: furniture, masks, puppets, costumes, craft pieces, and examples of craftsmanship.

  • Sound Design
    System design draftings, photos, audio examples used in productions, any documentation supporting script analysis and sound design for productions. Examples of any creative work.

  • Stage Automation
    Mechanical designs, draftings, structural designs, technical drawings, production work, and examples of computer or programming work.

  • Technical Direction
    Draftings, technical drawings, production photographs, construction detail photographs (if available), any documentation supporting your organizational and technical skills, and some examples of the quality of your craftsmanship.

  • Wig & Makeup Design
    Renderings; makeup designs; portraits; photographs of realized makeups and/or hairstyle designs; photographs of hairpieces or wigs constructed; examples of costuming, masks constructed, or millinery.
(Master of Fine Arts)
Friday, December 04, 2015
Friday, January 29, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, March 04, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016

Graduate applicants interviewing on Friday should check-in at the Administrative Offices for the School of Design and Production at 1:30 pm. Applicants interviewing on Saturday should check-in at 12:30 pm.


Graduate Application Guidelines & Requirements

Graduate International Application Guidelines & Requirements