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.
Students may engage in on-campus employment if they are carrying a full course of study and as long as the work is limited to part-time (less than 20 hours per week) during the fall, winter and spring semesters when school is in session or full-time (20-40 hours per week) during the summer or when school is officially not in session. Work is limited to employers who are located on-campus and provide direct services to students. Employment may be in any field and is not restricted to your academic major. In order to become employed you will need to apply for a social security number and go through the I-9 employee verification process as instructed by your employer.
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Residence halls and apartments contain a mix of students from various arts areas and class years. This arrangement maximizes your opportunity to learn from, network with, and socialize among students with varied backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Beyond the living quarters, there are common spaces created to promote and develop a sense of community. Lounge areas for TV viewing and recreational and educational programming, a student-run coffee house, a kitchen and laundry facilities are at your convenience.
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.
UNCSA Student Health Services in the Wellness Center provides professional and cost-effective medical care and services that are general and specific to the performing arts – from coughs to physical therapy. Students are usually seen the same day and often within a few minutes for injuries.
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.
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