Conservatory Model. Innovative Approach.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a top-ranked performing arts, visual arts and filmmaking conservatory preparing high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for professional careers in dance companies, top orchestras, themed entertainment, major motion picture companies, on Broadway, and more. Faculty with entertainment industry experience and expertise mentor gifted, wildly creative and passionate students to do what they love, and do it brilliantly. UNCSA offers the unique opportunity for cross-discipline artistic collaboration as the only institution in the U.S. composed of five top arts schools: Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.


public performances and screenings annually

Top 5

ranked in U.S. undergraduate drama programs by The Hollywood Reporter


ranked in U.S. film schools byTheWrap

The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.

UNCSA must reach young artists from across North Carolina to serve its mission as the state’s premier professional school for the arts. The UNCSA results for several metrics are subject to substantial year-to-year variation reflecting the relatively small size of its student population of less than 1,300. Modest headcount variations often lead to relatively large percentage changes, contributing to fluctuations in some metrics associated with the Strategic Plan.


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Powering Creativity

The Campaign for UNCSA is the most ambitious in the institution’s history and will help the university prepare and inspire the next generation of artists. Over half of the funds raised will go directly to student scholarships and faculty support.
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Successful Alumni

Alumni are creative minds powering a multitude of hit TV shows and films at companies like Disney, Netflix, and Universal. They also play prominent roles on Broadway and in orchestras and companies like the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, and more.
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Boundless Innovation

New ideas, new voices, and new methods of expression are critical to the artistic process. UNCSA fuses conservatory training with advances in technology and technique to prepare emerging artists to tell timeless stories in relevant ways for today’s and tomorrow’s audiences.
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