North Carolina School of the Arts

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The North Carolina School of the Arts is an internationally recognized conservatory of the performing arts located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was the first state-supported residential school of its kind in the United States of America. Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1963, the North Carolina School of the Arts opened in 1965. In 1972, the North Carolina School of the Arts became part of the University of North Carolina system.

The school’s mission is to train students from middle school through graduate school for professional careers in the performing arts. Performance is emphasized at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Students, faculty and guest artists present many public performances and screenings in the school’s campus facilities. They also perform across the state of North Carolina and in major cities of the United States and overseas.

Students must audition or interview for admission to the North Carolina School of the Arts. Half of the school’s students come from the state of North Carolina. The other half of the school’s students come from the rest of the states of the United States of America and from nearly two dozen other countries. Students study with resident master teachers who have had successful careers in the performing arts and who remain active in their professions. Noted guest artists frequently bring lessons directly from the contemporary arts world.

The North Carolina School of the Arts is accredited to award the high school diploma, the College Arts Diploma, the Professional Artist Certificate, the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Bachelor of Music Degree, the Masters of Fine Arts Degree and the Master of Music Degree.

The five professional schools of the North Carolina School of the Arts:

School of Dance

School of Design and Production

School of Drama

School of Filmmaking

School of Music

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Schools of the University of North Carolina System:

Appalachian | East Carolina | Elizabeth City | Fayetteville | NC A&T
NC Central | NC School of the Arts | NC State | UNC-Asheville | UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC-Charlotte | UNC-Greensboro | UNC-Pembroke | UNC-Wilmington
Western Carolina | Winston-Salem | NC School of Science and Math

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