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About The Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Expression program is designed to be flexible and customizable and is for students with broad interests in music and beyond. It is a great option if you want to minor or double major in a field outside of music or if you are a transfer student.

No audition is required, but you may audition for scholarship consideration.

  • Degree Overview

    The Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Expression degree is housed in the School of Music within the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Designed for your broad interests and career goals, this non-auditioned music degree gives you flexible course options in music theory, history, technology, entrepreneurship and more, as well as pairing well with other minors or majors.

  • Beyond the Classroom

    As a Culture and Expression major, you have access to perform in any of our music ensembles, both auditioned and non-auditioned.

    Learn about our music ensembles

  • Curriculum

    Students in this program take two semesters of theory and aural skills (traditional or Latin and Jazz), four semesters of lessons, and four semesters of ensembles– and can choose to take more of any or all of those. They also take a few courses of their choice from each of the Culture & History group and the Theory & Expression group. Students may choose to add either the Arts Entrepreneurship or Music Technology certificate. The program includes a large number of electives so students can design their own program.

    Possible minors to pair with this program: Business Administration, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, and more

    Read more about the curriculum

  • How to Apply

    Visit our School of Music admissions page to learn about how to fill out both the UNC and School of Music applications and how to apply for scholarships.

    Apply to the UNC School of Music

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Application Dates
  • Fall semesterAugust 1*
  • Spring semesterJanuary 1*
  • Summer semesterMay 1*
*Note: Application dates may vary depending on student status. Learn more.