B.F.A. in Jazz & Contemporary


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music is designed for exceptional students who plan to pursue professional careers immediately after graduation. The B.F.A. program differs from the B.A. program in its expanded curriculum requirements and higher standards regarding the development of professional skills and theoretical knowledge.

The BFA degree, established in 2013, is a primary incubator for creative improvisation and performance in Western North Carolina. Students, faculty, and graduates perform consistently in all of the major regional venues, including Diana Wortham Theatre, The Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall, and many others. In addition to preparing students for performing careers, the program also prepares students for graduate programs or successful careers in other areas of the music business.

Course Requirements

Review UNC Asheville’s Course Catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.


In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition. See the Auditions webpage for audition requirements.

Declaring a Major or Minor in Music

Students who pass a Music Department audition are eligible to formally declare the major.

Declaration of Major or Minor

Students can declare their major or minor online.