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 General Admissions Requirements

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Diploma and Degree Programs and Academic Prerequisites
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Academic Program Requirements

Students applying to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts must complete in full and submit an application for admission and submit along with an application fee.

All applicants should thoroughly read the admission requirements and the guidelines for the specific department in which he/she wishes to study.

Department-specific application guidelines are available by clicking the appropriate button on the left side of this page. The application guidelines and requirements are also included in an application booklet that can be requested by going to the Prospective Student link for the Office of Admissions.

Diploma and Degree Programs and Academic Pre-requisites

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Music
College Arts Diploma
Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music or PAC
High School Diploma

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Music

Applicants must submit the required documentation as outlined in the Application Instructions. When applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and the Bachelor of Music program, applicants must meet the Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) established by the University of North Carolina for all of its campuses.

Applicants graduating from high school 2003 and beyond must have completed the following high school curriculum (either while in high school or since graduation):

  • English - 4 course units emphasizing grammar, composition and literature;
  • Mathematics - 3 course units including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, or a higher level course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite; in addition it is recommended that candidates complete a fourth course unit;
  • Science - 3 course units including Physical Science, one life or biological science, and one laboratory science;
  • Social Studies - 2 course units including U.S. History; an applicant who does not have a unit of credit in U.S. History may be accepted on the condition that at least three semester hours in U.S. History be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Foreign Language - two course units in one foreign language.
Applicants who are home-schooled or who have attended schools that are not regionally accredited or have non-traditional grading systems may be asked to supply additional documentation for admissions consideration.

Applicants who graduated from high school in 1990 to 2003 are required to have successfully completed the following high school curriculum (either while in high school or since graduation):
  • English - 4 course units emphasizing grammar, composition and literature;
  • Mathematics - 3 course units including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, or a higher level course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite; in addition it is recommended that candidates complete a fourth course unit;
  • Science - 3 course units including Physical Science, one life or biological science, and one laboratory science;
  • Social Studies - 2 course units including U.S. History; an applicant who does not have a unit of credit in U.S. History may be accepted on the condition that at least three semester hours in U.S. History be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Foreign Language - it is recommended that applicants for the undergraduate program complete at least two course units in one foreign language.

Undergraduate Academic Program Requirements

The Undergraduate Academic Program urges all degree-seeking college students entering NCSA with Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) deficiencies to satisfy them prior to enrollment at NCSA. These courses may be satisfied:

  • with approved courses taken at another accredited institution at either the secondary or college level, or
  • with courses from an accredited correspondence agency.

If this is not possible, they may also be satisfied by taking coursework in the NCSA college division of Academic Programs, according to the table below.

Deficiency: NCSA Course Equivalent(s):
Algebra I 1 term MAT 100: Foundations of Algebra
Geometry 2 terms MAT 100: Foundations of Algebra and Geometry
Algebra II 3 terms MAT 100: Foundations of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry
Third Science 4 semester credits of college science
U.S. History
4 semester credits of Social Studies, American Cultural Studies sequence

 

College students may not satisfy deficiencies by taking courses in the NCSA high school division, as neither class space nor schedules permit it.

Note: Courses taken to fulfill an MCR deficiency do not count toward the total number of credits required for the bachelor’s degree.

College Arts Diploma

Applicants to the four-year College Arts Diploma program study only the required arts courses without required academic work. Students admitted to the Arts Diploma program may, under certain circumstances, take courses in Academic Programs. Credit received for courses successfully completed may later be applied toward a degree. All applicants must submit the required documentation as outlined in the Application Instructions.

Master of Fine Arts or Master of Music

Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program (a three-year program) or the Master of Music program (a two-year program) must have earned a bachelor’s degree by the time of enrollment in the graduate program. All applicants must submit the required documentation as outlined in the Application Instructions.

Professional Artist Certificate

A one-year program for either instrumental or vocal students in the School of Music. All applicants are required to audition and submit the application for admission along with the application fee.

High School Diploma

Applicants to the High School Diploma program should provide all required documentation as outlined in the Application Instructions. The High School Academic Program grants the 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.