University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a top-ranked  creative and performing arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, N.C. Founded in 1963 as America’s first public arts conservatory, UNCSA celebrates more than 50 years of training wildly creative, gifted and hardworking young artists to do what they love, and do it brilliantly!



The unique premise upon which the school was founded came under the initiative of former Governor Terry Sanford, guided by visionary writer John Ehle. Their creative alliance forged an institution unorthodox for its time. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the North Carolina School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 as America’s first public arts conservatory.


  • The undergraduate program allows you to pursue what you’re passionate about, while preparing you realistically for a professional career. Students in the Design and Production, Dance, Film and Drama schools complete Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, while musicians earn a Bachelor of Music degree.
  • Graduate programs give you the opportunity to refine your craft and continue the development of your professional skills. Master of Fine Arts programs are offered in the School of Design & Production and the School of Filmmaking, while the School of Music offers Master of Music degrees and a post-graduate Professional Artist Certificate.


The Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) at UNCSA is responsible for fulfilling all the data collection and reporting requirements to federal, state, and other agencies while maintaining the highest professional standards of accuracy, objectivity, and timeliness. APIR provides data and data analyses to aid the university in institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision-making. APIR is dedicated to improving institutional effectiveness by exploring and implementing more up-to-date technology to conduct business and assisting campus academic, administrative, and educational support (AAES) units with their institutional research, assessment, and data analysis needs.


The Office of Career Development at UNCSA helps prepare our students for a successful transition from school to professional careers. It provides students with assistance with their overall career planning and supplements the career advice provided by the arts school faculty.

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Housing services

  • More than 600 students live in the residence halls and student apartments each academic year. It is our philosophy that the halls and apartments provide an invaluable living and learning experience for students. We believe community living provides the individual with vital interdisciplinary contact. Also, because of the large number of hours students spend practicing or rehearsing their art, we feel the residence halls and apartments are a great housing option for our students. Immerse yourself in a community of artists.
  • Gateway Loft Apartments is a housing facility that UNCSA is using for University students while a new residence hall is being built.

Library services

The mission of the UNCSA Library is to support the educational, artistic and performance objectives, and serve the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the school, as well as other members of the local community.

ICT services

  • Printing on campus
  • Accessing campus email on your phone

Medical services

Medical services are provided by a team consisting of a Board Certified Family Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, and certified medical assistant. 

  • Allergy injections
  • Immunizations 
  • General medical care for illness and/or injury
  • Routine laboratory testing
  • Contraception 
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening
  • Physical exams
  • Psychiatry services

Student Life

Campus life

  • 78 acres in Winston-Salem, N.C., near Old Salem Museums & Gardens—a national tourist attraction. Accessible by interstates 40, 85 and 77. Twenty minutes from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro. 

  • Laundry facilities are located at the Bailey Street Apartments, Residence Halls (E/F Building), Connector Building, Moore Hall 2nd floor, and Sanford Hall 2nd floor.  The washers and dryers can be started with your One Card or with quarters and machines can be monitored online.

Sports facilities

The University maintains a 20,600 sq. ft. Fitness Center where students can learn, play, workout or get fit in group classes.

Student clubs

  • Artists of Color
  • Art & Soul
  • Asians Come Together
  • The Black Cinematheque
  • Cross The Line Project
  • Female Filmmaker Initiative
  • International Students Club
  • School of Filmmaking Student Association


  • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has been accredited for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), it was announced at the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 9.
  • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

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