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If you’ve decided that the College of Visual and Performing Arts is the right fit for you and your future, we’re glad to be your choice. Whether you’re seeking to join our Undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral or Certificate programs, the next step is to apply for admission. Your journey starts here.


Undergraduate

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Full admission to the College of Visual and Performing Arts is a two-step process involving the BA Application Questionnaire (and a successful live audition for prospective students in certain programs), as well as acceptance into the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Acceptance to the University prior to your music audition is not a requirement, though you are strongly encouraged to submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to your audition. You can contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information at (336) 334-5243 or visit their website at admissions.uncg.edu/.

Ready to begin the process? First, start your application for undergraduate admission to UNCG through SpartanLink.

Apply through SpartanLink

Step 2: Apply for admission to the CVPA

Please choose the area of study you are interested in:


Art

Note: All incoming Art students must first apply as BA, not BFA.

All students pursuing a studio degree enter the department as candidates for a BA degree in Studio Art. Upon completion of the foundational program, students seeking to join the BFA program in Art Education, New Media and Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Drawing, or Sculpture and Ceramics will submit a portfolio of their work. Admission to any BFA concentration is contingent upon a successful portfolio review by a rotating committee of art department faculty.

View more information on the School of Art application process.


Arts Administration

There is currently no audition for entry into the BA in Arts Administration. Students will be reviewed by the Arts Administration Program Director to ensure adequate and timely progress within the degree program. Further requirements may need to be met.



Dance

Acceptance to the Dance program is contingent on admission to the University either before or after your audition date. Your space will not be held if you are not admitted to the University. To register for the audition, a completed audition request form is required for entry. This form must be submitted to the Department by the request form deadline, typically a week before the scheduled audition date.

International students interested in majoring in dance should consult the International Students Audition Form.

Once your request is processed, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail stating that the Department of Dance has received your audition request.

View more information on the School of Dance application process.



Music

All prospective students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music must also complete the application questionnaire. Please share as much information about yourself and your experiences as possible.

Auditions
We believe there are many different ways to study music. With this in mind, a select number of students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Music without an audition. If you wish to apply to the program without an audition, we encourage you to provide a compelling rationale for your admission without audition in the application questionnaire.

Students interested in private studio lessons as part of their studies must successfully complete an audition.

View audition dates, information, and application procedures.



Theatre

If you wish to enter the BFA program, you must first be admitted to the University, and then apply for admission to the BFA program at a later date. Read on for specific admission requirements for different concentrations in Theatre.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
To be accepted into the BFA in Acting program, you must first be admitted to the University. Students audition for the BFA in Acting program at the end of the fall semester of their freshman year. Acceptance into the BFA in Acting program is based on your audition, and your class and production work during the fall semester. In order to keep class sizes small enough to allow for individual attention, only 12-14 students are accepted into the program each year.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Theatre Technology, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Production
Provisional admission is granted to the BFA in Design/Technology and the BFA in Technical Production during the first two semesters. At the end of Fall semester, students meet the faculty to discuss their goals. At the end of the second semester, following the completion of a production assignment, students interview for admission to the program. Students should consult their faculty advisors for detailed interview requirements. Admission to these programs is very competitive.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education
To be accepted into the BFA Theatre Education program, you must first be admitted to the University. You must then be admitted to the Teachers Academy before you are officially categorized as a BFA in Theatre Education major. Application for admittance into the Teachers Academy must be made at least one year prior to the semester in which you plan to student-teach.

View more information on the School of Theatre application process.


For more information on the application process, including detailed information about your audition, if required, we highly recommend you visit the dedicated Apply page for your program of interest.


Masters

If you’ve decided that the College of Visual and Performing Arts is the right fit for you and your future, we’re glad to be your choice. Whether you’re seeking to join our Masters, Doctoral or Certificate programs, the next step is to Apply for Admission. Your journey starts here.


Art

Master of Fine Arts in Art
The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a full-time, two-year, sixty-hour degree. Students complete coursework in studio art, art criticism, art history, free electives as well as thesis work. The Graduate level work encompasses a broad range of practices, aesthetic issues, personal explorations, and technical approaches.

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Art Masters program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

View info on how to apply to the MFA in Art.


Dance

Master of Arts in Dance (including K-12 Licensure option)
The MA in Dance is a 36-hour degree. Options are available in Dance Education with or without licensure for teaching in public schools, or Dance Theories and Practices.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (including K-12 Licensure option)
Students in the 60-hour, 3-year program develop and clarify their choreographic voices and deepen their understandings of dance making as a personal, aesthetic, cultural, and social process and product through guided investigations of choreographic methods and practices in coaching and performing movement.

Master of Arts in Dance Education (Distance Learning)
The MA in Dance Education, with or without the advanced North Carolina M (advanced) license in dance, is designed for public school dance educators. The degree may be completed only through part-time study, combining online courses at UNCG, summer study on campus, and selected courses taken on campus or online from other institutions. Admittance into this program occurs only in alternate (even) years.

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Dance Masters program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

Please see the School of Dance Apply page for specific information on your application.

Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Dance is available here.


Music

Master of Music in Performance (includes Conducting degrees)
This degree offers conservatory-type performance training and complements this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance.

Master of Music in Music Education
This degree provides advancement of music teaching skills and knowledge. Students can enroll as full-time students during the academic year, or as completely online/distance students.

Master of Music in Composition
In addition to private composition study, students take courses in orchestration, electronic music, counterpoint, advanced theory, history, and electives.

Master of Music in Music Theory
Both thesis and non-thesis options are offered for this degree.

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Music Masters program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

Please see the School of Music Apply page for specific information on your application.


Theatre

Master of Education in Theatre Education
A degree designed for in-service K-12 teachers holding North Carolina’s Standard Professional Licensure in Theatre Arts who are seeking advanced training, professional development, and an Advanced Master’s Licensure in Theatre. It is the state’s only approved M.Ed. in Theatre Education, providing a path for North Carolina K-12 theatre teachers to pursue professional development that also results in a salary increase.

Master of Fine Arts in Acting
An intensive two-year degree dedicated solely to the development of the advanced actor pursuing a career in professional and/or academic theatre, appropriate for students intending to pursue professional careers in theatre, film, and/or television.

Master of Fine Arts in Design
An intensive two-year degree dedicated to the development of well-rounded theatre designers within a scenographic tradition, this degree is structured to develop the artistry of those seeking specialized training and intending to pursue professional careers as artists, craftspersons, and teachers.

Master of Fine Arts in Directing
An intensive two-year degree designed to train theatre directors to become working artists in professional and academic theatre, providing advanced specialized training in the art and craft of directing.

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth
An intensive two-year degree designed to educate theatre artists for leadership roles within the growing field of theatre with and for youth.

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Theatre Masters program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

Please see the School of Theatre Apply page for specific information on your application.

Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Theatre is available here.




Doctoral

Music

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Music (includes Conducting degrees)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Music Doctoral program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

Visit the School of Music Apply page for detailed information on the application process.

Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Music is available here.


Music

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education
This certificate provides students and/or professionals with knowledge and skills needed to apply principles of music education to a variety of musical careers.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Composition
This certificate provides students with knowledge and skills needed to pursue music composition within a variety of musical careers.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Jazz Studies
This certificate provides students and/or professionals with knowledge and skills needed to apply principles of jazz studies to a variety of musical careers.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ethnomusicology
This certificate provides students with global breadth and awareness of multiple music traditions, as well as the theoretical principles and practical applications of ethnomusicology.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Musicology (Historical)
This certificate provides students with the opportunity to increase cultural awareness and understanding of the Western art music tradition in relation to non-European musical traditions, to develop practical skills for teaching music history in the classroom, and to develop research and writing skills in the field of music history.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory
This certificate provides students and/or professionals with knowledge and skills needed to apply principles of music theory to a variety of musical careers.

Post-Masters Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy
Current doctoral students in music at UNCG may apply to this certificate program. The purpose is to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to be successful teaching music theory and ear training in higher education.

Supplemental materials, portfolio reviews, interviews and auditions
Your application to the School of Music Certificate program may require you to submit supplemental materials, present a portfolio review, or attend an interview or audition. We’ll contact you with more information on the next steps in this process.

Visit the School of Music Apply page for detailed information on the application process.

Contact

For general information, or if you’re unsure who to contact, please contact Amy Moore (amy_moore@uncg.edu) or call the CVPA office at 336-334-5789.

Art

Art: School of Art at 336-334-5248 or art@uncg.edu.

Dance

Music

Theatre

Theatre: Neil Shepherd at 336-334-4032 or nrshephe@uncg.edu.