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APPLICATION PRIORITY DATES

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 dealine by which you must apply in order to have an audition during a given timeframe. Please review the 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 dates and that a school may not have dates after a certain time.

Priority Dates:

  • 10/24/2014 - Applicants who apply before October 24, 2014 will be eligible to audition for any of the published dates.

  • 1/16/2015 - Applicants who apply after October 24, 2014 but before January 16, 2015 will be eligible to audition for any published dates after February 1, 2015.

  • 03/13/2015 - Note: High School Applicants only. Applicants who apply after January 16, 2015 but before March 13, 2015 will be eligible to audition date after April 1, 2015.
AUDITION DATES

Click the following link to view the audition dates. Make sure to only select dates in the column labeled "School of Drama." Audition Dates PDF

The off-campus auditions occur in conjunction with the Consortium of Conservatory Theatre Training Programs. The members of the consortium include Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Rutgers University and the State University of New York at Purchase. Each participating school requires a separate application. A limited number of out-of-state auditions for high school applicants can be scheduled pending availability. Please contact the Office of Admissions for information regarding the availability of off-campus dates.

Please note that The University of North Carolina School of the Arts reserves the right to cancel and reschedule auditions, or make other arrangements with candidates. Early submission of the application also allows ample time for the applicant to plan travel to and from the audition site.


APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate Application Guidelines & Requirements for Freshmen Applicants

Undergraduate Application Guidelines & Requirements for Transfer Applicants

High School Application Guidelines & Requirements

In addition to the above requirements applicants must also submit the following documentation:

  • Resume:
    • A resume detailing the applicant’s artistic experience and educational objectives. Include a list of plays performed, giving the name of the role and the date and place of performance.
  • Photograph:
    • An 8x10 headshot or a recent representative photograph either in color or black and white (applicant’s name is to be printed on photograph).
  • Writing Sample for Directing Applicants:
    • Directing applicants must submit a short essay detailing why they wish to pursue a directing career and what they intend to accomplish in directing.
Professional Actor Training Program
  • All applicants must audition and interview in person.
  • Taped auditions cannot be accepted.
  • Applicants must be prepared to perform three monologues: one classical (preferably from Shakespeare), and two contrasting monologues from modern plays.
  • Each monologue should stand on its own.
  • Do not use accents, dialects, or stylized characters.
  • The School of Drama recommends that candidates choose audition pieces from published plays. Read the complete play.
  • Do not use generic monologue books as a source of material.
  • Applicants must be prepared to perform16 bars of a song without accompaniment.
  • It is recommended that the audition song come from the standard musical theatre repertory.
  • Applicants may use a pitch pipe if desired.
  • The three monologues and song must not exceed a total of six minutes.
  • Applicants should be prepared for a short interview following the audition.

The Directing Option (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

The directing option is open to students with a strong interest in becoming leading creative practitioners in theater. Only two or three students will be admitted each fall to this highly competitive program.  It is appropriate for people who intend to become directors, but might also be of interest to writers or producers, and graduates of the program work in these areas as well as in casting and literary departments. Coursework includes a thorough amount of performance classes, but also includes Directing Theory and Practicum, Design classes, and directing production opportunities. Consideration will be given to candidates with high levels of artistic experience and exposure, leadership, as well as demonstrated academic excellence.

  • The program runs in conjunction with the Acting curriculum. All directors complete the first two years of acting, voice, and movement training in their entirety.
  • All directing students direct a one-act play in their junior year and a workshop full-length play in their senior year.
  • Admission is limited to three students per year, and is at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Drama.
  • Additional application materials include: a short (one page) essay detailing why the applicant wishes to pursue a directing degree, and a short (one page) essay detailing the candidate’s approach to the production of a Shakespeare play. For directing applicants, we would be interested to see one of your personal references relate to your leadership experience.
  • Applicants must audition (one contemporary monologue, two minutes maximum), and interview in person to be considered for admission.

High School Program
  • All high school applicants must audition and interview in person.
  • Taped auditions cannot be accepted.
  • Acceptance is limited to rising high school seniors who demonstrate artistic potential, academic readiness and social maturity.
  • The high school program is designed for North Carolina residents and a limited number of nonresident students.
  • Applicants must present two contrasting monologues.
  • Each monologue should stand on its own.
  • Do not use accents, dialects, or stylized characters.
  • Audition pieces should be selected from published plays. Read the complete play.
  • Do not use monologues or speeches from movies.
  • Do not use generic monologue books as a source of material.
  • Applicants must sing 16 bars of a song without accompaniment.
  • Applicants may use a pitch pipe if desired.
  • The monologues and song must not exceed four minutes total.
  • Dress comfortably (no torn jeans or t-shirts).
Note: High school applicants who pass the audition and interview will be required to participate in a second interview/audition with the director of the High School Drama Program, a representative from the High School Academic Program and the director of Residence Life. Selected candidates will be scheduled for the second interview.