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Admission to the Visual Arts Program
Enrollment in Visual Arts is primarily limited to North Carolina residents who qualify for in-state tuition status, as defined in the North Carolina General Statute 116-143.1.

This program is open to 11th and 12th grade students. The presentation of a portfolio (20 pieces of work) and an interview are prerequisites for admission. Although many students have had previous art training, this is not a requirement. Final decisions concerning admission are based on the artistic potential of each applicant, letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript.

Continuance in the Visual Arts Program
To remain in the Visual Arts Program, the student must maintain a 3.0 average in studio art classes and an average of 2.0 in the general studies courses. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a one-term probationary period in which the student must attain a 3.0 average in each studio art class to continue in the program. Students are evaluated by the faculty each term and are invited to continue only as long as they demonstrate substantial growth toward artistic excellence.


Application Priority Dates

  • 10/24/2015 - Applicants who apply before October 24, 2015 will be eligible to audition 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 audition for any published dates after February 1, 2015.

  • 03/13/2016 - Applicants who apply after January 16, 2016 but before March 13, 2016 will be eligible to audition date after April 1, 2016.


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 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 interview during a given timeframe. Please review the 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.

  Interview Dates
Friday, February 05, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016


Click the following link to view the list of interview dates. Make sure to only select dates in the column labeled "Visual Arts." Interview Dates PDF



  • Applicants must present at least 20 examples of work.
  • Examples of work should include drawing and may also include: graphic design, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, or any medium of choice including sketchbooks.
  • Do not bring DVDs, videos, PowerPoint or other digital media that needs to be viewed on a computer or other electronic device.
  • All digital media must be represented by high quality, black and-white or color prints (8” x 10” or larger).
  • Works may be submitted in a single or in multiple mediums of interest.
  • In addition to bringing actual artwork, applicants may supplement their portfolios with slides or other high resolution photographic documentation of large sculptural pieces, murals, temporary projects not easily transported, and/or pieces no longer in the applicant’s possession.


High School Application Guidelines and Requirements

High School International Application Guidelines and Requirements

  • For your records keep copies of the application and all materials mailed to the Office of Admissions. Items can get lost in the mail.

  • Always address materials to the following mailing address:

    Office of Admissions
    The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    1533 S. Main St.
    Winston-Salem, NC 27127

  • Materials mailed to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts only may be distributed to other departments and delay processing of your application.