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UNCSA trains students from middle school through graduate school for professional careers in the performing, visual and moving image arts.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the University of North Carolina's  conservatory for the arts, dedicated entirely to the professional training of students possessing exceptional talents in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Students enter UNCSA when they are ready for focused, intense professional development at the baccalaureate level and in select programs at the masters and high school levels in its schools of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.

Living in the Community

UNCSA plays an integral part in the cultural life of Winston-Salem, North Carolina's City of the Arts and Innovation.

An arts conservatory of international renown, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School opened as the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1965 after nearly a million dollars was raised to win the new school for Winston-Salem. In 1972, the School became part of the prestigious University of North Carolina.