North Carolina School of the Arts with Logo
School of Design and Production School of Drama School of Filmmaking School of Music Visual Arts Academic Programs Student Life School of Visual Arts Home apply search NCSA Home
AdmissionsProgramsCoursesFacultyAlumniFacilitiesContacts
Quick Links Navigation
 Admissions

The Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is open to 11th and 12th grade students with artistic interests and discipline needed to pursue a structured course of study. 

Students in a studio

Standards of Achievement and Evaluation

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
  • The application for admission must be completed in full. If using the online application print the Application Agreement Statement, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions.
  • Applicant signature is required along with the parent signature.
  • Mail the application to the Office of Admissions along with the nonrefundable application fee ($60 for U.S. Citizens/Permanent U.S. Resident/$110 for international applicants).
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the suggested application deadline to secure the audition date they desire and to allow time for travel arrangements.
  • All required documentation must be on file in order for the applicant to find out if they have been accepted by the Admissions Review Committee into the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Application Information in Admissions

Scheduling an Interview
  • All applicants must interview in person.
  • Confirmation of the interview date, time and location will be sent to the applicant from the Office of Admissions after the application has been processed.  Please allow time for processing.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the suggested application deadline to secure the interview date they desire and to allow time for travel arrangements.
  • Applicants are to report to Studio 704 (Drawing), 4th Floor, Workplace Building, no later than 12:20 pm on the date of their scheduled interview.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit all required documentation prior to their interview.
  • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts reserves the right to cancel and reschedule interviews, or make other arrangements with the applicant.

Visual Arts Requirements
  • A resume detailing the applicant’s artistic experience and educational objective.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required.
    • One (1) letter is to come from an arts instructor.
    • One (1) letter is to come from an academic instructor.
    • A third letter may be submitted from an arts or academic instructor to help supplement or complete the applicant file. This letter is optional.
  • All letters are to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions to be placed in the applicant’s file.  Always list the Office of Admissions as the recipient.

     

    Note:  A form is provided for recommendations.  All recommendations should be dated and signed by the writer and mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.  Materials that do not bear the Office of Admissions as the recipient may be sent to other departments.

  • Transcripts
    Applicants to Grades 11 and 12

    • Official transcript from each school attended with a validation seal or signature of a school official or registrar.  Copies are unacceptable.
      • Entering 11th grade:  transcript from 8th, 9th and 10th grades.
      • Entering 12th grade:  transcript from 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
    • Transcripts must include the courses in which the student is enrolled at the time of application.
    • For 12th grade applicants, official SAT or ACT score if taken (do not send the student copy).
    • Standardized test scores, including state and national testing, since grade 7 must be included for entering 11th and 12th grade applicants if not reported on the high school transcript.
  • 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 enrolled in school/college at the current time the form should be completed by an employer, mentor, or instructor.
  • Artistic Statement
    • A two page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. 
  • Provision of Social Security Number form.
    • Sign and return

 

Home-Schooled Applicants

  • Official transcripts from each traditional school attended with a validation seal or signature of a school official.
  • A home-school transcript created and signed by the chief administrator of the home-school.  The home-school transcript must be organized by traditional academic years (9th grade (2006-07), 10th grade (2007-08), etc.) and include a course-by-course listing of course titles with letter-grades and credits earned.  Credit hours should be explained on the transcript (i.e., 1 credit = X contact-hours of instruction).  If traditional grades were not assigned, a written explanation must be included by the chief administrator.
  • Attached to the transcript should be documentation of any commercially-available curriculum programs used by the home-school for any coursework completed or in progress (e.g., Apologia® or  Keystone®) and a list of course descriptions (including topics, textbook titles/authors/publishers, and laboratories completed) for each course completed in each year of home-schooling.
  • Results of nationally-recognized standardized achievement tests taken.   
  • Home-school attendance records, as required by state law, or documentation from your state or local board of education that such documentation is not required in your state.  Attendance records are required by all N. C. home-schools.
  • Verification of your home school’s continuing compliance with state law, as required by your state, or documentation from your state or local board of education that such documentation is not required in your state.  In N. C., this verification is a copy of your acknowledgement certificate from the N. C. Division of Non-Public Education.  In other states, this documentation may be granted by the local board of education to verify a home-school’s compliance with compulsory attendance laws.

Portfolio Requirements

  • 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.

Application Deadlines

No longer accepting applications for fall 2012.

Interview Dates
Friday, January 27, 2012 - No remaining interview spaces for this date.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
 


International Applicants (applicants who do not hold United States citizenship)

In addition to the required documentation listed for the undergraduate or high school programs, international applicants must provide the following information:

APPLICATION

  1. Complete an online application but do not use the credit card method.
  2. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $110 payable in U.S. dollars. 
  3. Certified checks or money orders should be made payable to UNCSA. 
  4. Wiring instructions are available on this link: http://www.uncsa.edu/studentaccounts/wiring%20procedures.pdf.
  5. Complete the Required International Student Questions.

TRANSCRIPTS
Course work completed at institutions outside U.S. must be submitted with a notarized or certified English translation.  An accredited foreign educational credential evaluation service may also be used.  Submit an official translation in English of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application.

TEST SCORES

An official SLEP score is required of all international applicants to the High School  program for whom English is not the first language.

  1. The required minimum SLEP is 55. 
  2. Applicants may schedule in advance SLEP testing with the UNCSA English as a Second Language Teacher.  Visit: http://www.uncsa.edu/iss/esl.htm


RESUME

  1. Resume must detail artistic experience and educational objectives and include a list of plays performed giving the name of the role and the date and place of performance.

Notification of Decision
  • Decisions concerning admission are made only after all candidates have auditioned.
  • The Admissions Review Committee will review applicant files that are recommended for acceptance and make the final admission decision.
  • All required materials must be on file for the applicant to be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. No incomplete files will be reviewed.

Other Requirements
  • If submitting an online application, print, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions immediately after submitting the application the Application Agreement Statement.
  • Complete and sign the Provision of Social Security Number form provided with the application.
  • Complete the top section of the Mandatory Information Form, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor. If currently not enrolled in school, the form may be given to an employer, mentor, instructor, etc.
  • Signatures of family members or legal guardians will not be accepted. Form is required of ALL APPLICANTS.

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