Fine & Performing Arts Theatre-Film & New Media

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Theatre-Film & New Media

Theatre–Film and New Media Emphasis

COLLEGE: Fine & Performing Arts

MAJOR: Theatre–Film & New Media emphasis

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Fine Arts


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 3.0 for graduation


CHIEF ADVISER: Richard Endacott


Director: Paul Steger, 215 Temple Building

Professors: Grange, V. Smith, Steger

Associate Professors: Brown, Endacott, H. Smith, E. Stauffer, J. Stauffer, Teo-Gooding

Assistant Professors: Borden, Kolbe, Shoemaker, Veneziano

Assistant Professor of Practice: Patterson

The film and new media emphasis (FNM) is for those desiring concentrated training/education in film and new media technology, screen writing, new media design, digital media content, film special effects, film producing and directing. Digital video, 16mm motion pictures and computer-generated animation are all areas the film and new media student may explore. Whatever the area of interest, a key foundation of the film and new media program is to provide comprehensive training while requiring students to put their education into practice.

Degree at a Glance


ACE Requirements30

Library 1101

Theatre Core Requirements21

Film & New Media Emphasis Requirements48


Total Hours Required for Graduation120


Major/Department Admission

Students must apply for admission to the BFA emphasis in Film and New Media (FNM) by completing an application form and supplying references, a resume and examples of creative work. This application applies to both new students and transfer students. Students who are applying for transfer into the program must complete the application and provide grade transcripts demonstrating a 3.0 current and cumulative GPA or higher. Students should contact the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film for information and application materials.

Once the application materials have been received, the student will be notified by the school if accepted to the FNM emphasis. Once accepted, a student must maintain a 3.0 current and cumulative GPA from that point forward, complete a portfolio review (after taking THEA 482), and receive approval from the FNM faculty before they may granted full FNM student status. The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film reserves the right to limit the total number of FNM students accepted and FNM students allowed to continue in the emphasis.


Core Requirements


BFA Core Requirements21

THEA 112G Introduction to Theatre3

THEA 114 Basic Acting Techniques I3

THEA 120 Principles of Design for Theatre & Film3

THEA 201 Technical Theatre Practice3

THEA 202 Play Direction I3

THEA 234 Scripts in Performance3

THEA 423 Rendering for the Theatre3

Emphasis Requirements

Film and New Media Emphasis Requirements48

THEA 479 Capstone Project in Film or New Media3

THEA 480 Technological Innovations in Film Production3

THEA 481 Screenwriting: The Short Script3

THEA 482 Film Production I3

THEA 488 Digital Portfolio3

THEA 489 Film Production II3

Select two courses from the following design/tech electives:6

THEA 410 Stage Lighting I (3 cr)

THEA 412 Scene Design I (3 cr)

THEA 415 Production Design for Film & Television (3 cr)

THEA 418 Costume Design I (3 cr)

THEA 450 Sound Design I (3 cr)

Select eight courses from the following FNM electives:24

(No more than 9 credits of English courses may be taken from the list.)

(No more than 6 credits may be taken from THEA 411, THEA 413, THEA 414, THEA 419, or THEA 451.)

THEA 331 Introduction to Playwriting (3 cr)

THEA 411 Stage Lighting II (3 cr)

THEA 413 Scene Design II (3 cr)

THEA 414 Stage Lighting III (3 cr)

THEA 416 CAD for the Theatre (3 cr)

THEA 419 Costume Design II (3 cr)

THEA 426 Lighting for Film (3 cr)

THEA 438 Film: Directing (3 cr)

THEA 451 Sound Design II (3 cr)

THEA 454 Sound for Film (3 cr)

THEA 473 Digital Visual Effects (3 cr)

THEA 474 Digital Animation (3 cr)

THEA 484 Advanced Projects in Film Production and/or New Media (3 cr)

THEA 485 Post Production for Film & New Media (3 cr)

THEA 486 Film: Producing & Directing (3 cr)

THEA 487 Digital Motion Graphics (3 cr)

THEA 494 Internship in Theatre or Film (3 cr)

ENGL 209 Film: The Documentary (3 cr)

ENGL 213E Introduction to Film History (3 cr)

ENGL 219 Film Genre (3 cr)

ENGL 239 Film Directors (3 cr)

ENGL 239B Women Filmmakers (3 cr)

ENGL 259A Writing for Films (3 cr)

ENGL 269 Film Period (3 cr)

ENGL 349 National Cinemas (3 cr)

ENGL 373 Film Theory & Criticism (3 cr)

ENGL 439/839 Film Directors (3 cr)

ENGL 459/859 Writing for Film (3 cr)

Minor Requirements

BFA students are not allowed to declare a minor.


Prerequisite Requirements/Advancement in Major

  • Students in the Theatre–Film and New Media emphasis are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout their career. Transcripts will be reviewed periodically to ensure satisfactory progress. Failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA may result in dismissal from the program.

Grade Rules

  • All courses taken for major requirements must be for letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.
  • Minimum grade for all major requirements is C.


College Admission

College Admission

Requirements for admission to the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are consistent with general University admission requirements. These include:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics (4 units)
  • Social studies (3 units)
  • Natural sciences (3 units) and
  • Foreign language (2 units)

NOTE: One unit equals one year of high school credit.

One of the following performance standards must also be met: test score.

New Freshmen: Minimum ACT 22 (composite) or minimum SAT 1020 (combined)

Transfer and Readmit Students: Completed twelve or more semester credits from a postsecondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 and GPA 2.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application. (Theatre majors with an emphasis in Film and New Media: minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 and GPA 3.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application.)

International Students: Minimum TOEFL 213 (computer) or 550 (paper)

Individual departments may have higher standards for acceptance into the different degrees and emphases. Please check with the individual departments for these standards.

Auditions are required for admission to the School of Music for music and dance majors and minors. Auditions are also required for admission to the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film for the BA Performance Emphasis. A separate application and portfolio review are required for acceptance into the BFA Film and New Media Emphasis, and the BA Directing and Management Emphasis.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are in this bulletin under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

Students with one deficiency, two deficiencies but not in the same category, or two deficiencies in foreign language who receive a Deferred Admission or Admission by Review, may be considered for admission to the college. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under Admission to the University, Removal of Deficiencies in this bulletin.

College Degree Requirements

College General Education Requirements

Introduction to Library Research (1 cr)

All students will complete LIBR 110, a one-credit hour class designed to teach basic information literacy skills to first year and transfer students. The course familiarizes students with an array of online information resources and introduces them to specific UNL Libraries services and resources.

Students who have 27 or more transfer credits applied toward degree requirements are exempt from the LIBR 110 requirement.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

The languages requirement serves to help students gain a working familiarity with a language and a culture other than their own.

All students pursuing bachelor of arts or bachelor of music degrees are required to complete the intermediate level in one foreign language. Some or all of these courses may be completed while in high school. Courses approved to satisfy the languages requirement are offered by the Department of Classics and Religious Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the College of Education and Human Sciences. A student is required to successfully complete 202 to fulfill the languages requirement. (Exceptions: In Japanese, a student must complete JAPN 201 and one additional course from JAPN 202, JAPN 203, and JAPN 204; In Greek, the student must complete two 300-level courses; in Latin, a student must take LATN 301 and LATN 302.) Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Omaha Native Language, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language.


  • A student who has completed three years of one foreign language study in high school may fulfill the languages requirement by taking a fourth-semester-level course.
  • A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.
  • Any student who achieves a specified scaled score in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exam in French, German, and Spanish, levels 1 and 2, will be exempt from the languages requirement and will also receive credit for the fourth semester course in the language.
  • A transfer student with 11 or 12 semester hours of accepted credit has two choices: 1) to complete 6 hours in the same language at the 200 level; or 2) with permission of the chair of the department to enroll in a fourth semester course.
  • A student from a foreign country who has demonstrated acceptable proficiency in his or her native language (other than English) is exempted from the languages requirement without credit toward the degree. American students who present acceptable evidence that their second language is English are exempted from the languages requirement without credit toward the degree. All such students should see the Dean’s Office, 102 Woods Art Building, for this exemption.

Approved Courses

ANTH 204A Native Language: Omaha III (ETHN 204A) (3 cr)

ANTH 205A Native Language: Omaha IV (ETHN 205A) (3 cr)

ARAB 201 Second-Year Arabic I (3 cr)

ARAB 202 Second-Year Arabic II (3 cr)

CHIN 201 Second-Year Chinese I (3 cr)

CHIN 202 Second-Year Chinese II (3 cr)

CZEC 201 Second-Year Czech I (3 cr)

CZEC 202 Second-Year Czech II (3 cr)

FREN 201 Second-Year French I (3 cr)

FREN 202 Second-Year French II (3 cr)

FREN 203 Conversation & Composition I (3 cr)

FREN 210 Accelerated Second-Year French (6 cr)

GERM 201 Second-Year German I (3 cr)

GERM 202 Second-Year German II (3 cr)

GERM 203 Composition & Conversation I (3 cr)

GERM 210 Accelerated Second-Year German (6 cr)

GREK 301 Greek Prose I (3 cr)

GREK 302 Greek Poetry I (3 cr)

GREK 373 New Testament Greek (3 cr)

HEBR 301 Biblical Hebrew Prose (3 cr)

HEBR 302 Biblical Hebrew Poetry (3 cr)

JAPN 201 Second-Year Japanese I (3 cr)

JAPN 202 Intermediate Grammar & Reading I (3 cr)

JAPN 203 Second-Year Japanese II (3 cr)

JAPN 204 Intermediate Grammar & Reading II (3 cr)

LATN 301 Latin Prose I (3 cr)

LATN 302 Latin Poetry I (3 cr)

RUSS 201 Second-Year Russian I (3 cr)

RUSS 202 Second-Year Russian II (3 cr)

SLPA 201 Second Year American Sign Language I (4 cr)

SLPA 202 Second Year American Sign Language II (4 cr)

SPAN 201 Second-Year Spanish I (3 cr)

SPAN 202 Second-Year Spanish II (3 cr)

SPAN 203 Intensive Conversation (3 cr)

SPAN 210 Accelerated Second-Year Spanish (6 cr)

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Students in the College are required to maintain a minimum current and cumulative GPA of 2.0. Individual departments may require a higher current and cumulative GPA.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of grades lower than C from schools outside of the University of Nebraska system.

Grades lower than C earned at UNL or transferred from other schools cannot be applied toward requirements in a major, but may be applied toward total hours.

Pass/No Pass Limits

University regulations for the Pass/No Pass privilege state: The Pass/No Pass option is designed to be used by a student seeking to expand his/her intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where he/she may have minimum preparation without adversely affecting his/her grade point average.

1. Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to a student’s GPA

2. P is interpreted to mean C or above. Some professional education courses require a C+ or above.

3. A change to or from Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course.) This date coincides with the final date to drop a course without the instructor’s approval.

4. The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the professor’s, department’s, college, or University policy governing grading option.

5. Prior to the mid-term deadline, changing to or from the Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After the mid-term deadline, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with a professor’s, department’s, college, or University policy governing Pass/No Pass.

6. The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.

Pass/no pass privileges in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:

1. Pass/no pass hours can count toward fulfillment of ACE requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.

2. Freshmen and sophomores may enroll for no more than 6 hours of Pass/No Pass work per semester.

3. Students may not elect to take courses on a Pass/No Pass basis to fulfill degree requirements in the major. Departments may allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass to be taken in the minor offered by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

4. Departments may specify that certain courses can be taken only on a Pass/No Pass basis.

5. The College will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of Pass/No Pass grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all “pass” grades earned at UNL and other schools.

Individual departments vary in their policies regarding Pass/No Pass hours as applied to the major and minor. Consult the individual departmental listings for these policies. Students who wish to apply Pass/No Pass hours to their major and minor(s) must obtain approval on a form that is available in the Dean’s Office, 102 Woods Art Building.

GPA Requirements

Students are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average each semester. Some programs within the College may have higher GPA requirements to keep in good academic standing.

Transfer Credit Rules

Ordinarily, hours earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. The maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college is 60.

Normally credit is not given for pre-university work. In some instances, however, it may be possible to receive credit through satisfactory examination.

All transfer students must complete the Residency Requirement (see “Residency Requirement”), and at least 9 hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts will accept no more than 15 semester hours of D grades from schools other than UNO or UNK. All grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK. However, transfer courses within a student’s major or minor will be evaluated by that unit and held to the same minimum grade standards as courses taken at UNL.

Department of Art and Art History Transfer Credit Policy

A studio art or art history course presented for possible transfer to UNL is evaluated by the Department of Art and Art History using course descriptions and/or course syllabi to evaluate content, and course schedules to evaluate the hours of instruction.

Studio art courses that are eligible for transfer credit based on course content are awarded one credit hour for every 30 hours of instruction (with the assumption that the transfer course required 15 hours of work outside of class for every 30 hours spent in class with the instructor.) Credit is rounded to the nearest half-credit hour. If a course is presented for possible transfer, and the hours of instruction fall short of UNL’s NASAD-based standards, the course will receive a proportional reduction in credit.

BFA – At least 36 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BFA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.

BA in Studio Art – At least 12 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.

BA in Art History – At least 18 credit hours of the required art history courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.

School of Music Transfer Credit Policy

The following will be used by advisers as guidelines for the evaluation of transfer credits which are less than five years old:

  • If a transfer student has successfully completed (grade C or above) approved transfer credits which are equivalent to music major/minor requirements in terms of number of credit hours and scope of content, that area will be considered completed at the discretion of the chief degree program adviser.
  • For approved transfer credits which are lacking equivalency in either number of credit hours, scope of content, or grade received to music major/minor requirements in applied music, music theory, sight singing/aural skills, and keyboard skills, the number of transfer credits accepted and placement will be determined by audition/proficiency tests administered by designated area faculty.
  • For approved transfer credits which are lacking equivalency in other music areas (history and ensembles), the number of transfer credits accepted will be determined by the chief degree program adviser.

All music course work which is more than five years old must be validated by an audition or competency examination given by designated area faculty.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film Transfer Credit Policy

There are no additional restrictions regarding transfer credit.

Transfer Credit from Foreign Institutions

Credit for courses taken at foreign universities and colleges will be transferred only after validation by the appropriate department. This evaluation may include examination of the student over subject matter studied at the foreign institution.

International Baccalaureate Credit

Students who have studied art, music, or theatre within the International Baccalaureate Program will be given credit for courses at UNL according to the guidelines established by each academic unit. Contact the department office for specific course information.

Course Level Requirements

Upper-Level Requirement: Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299.


Students must meet either of the following residency qualifications:

  • At least 30 of the last 36 hours of credit must be registered for and completed while enrolled at UNL.
  • A total of 90 credits must be registered for and completed while enrolled at UNL.

Thirty semester hours earned through On-line and Distance Education courses at UNL may be applied toward a degree from the College.

Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward degree requirements if students participate in prior approved programs and register through UNL. Credit awarded from an institution other than UNL will be subject to transfer credit and residency rules.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at

Bulletin Rule

Students who first enroll at Nebraska under the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin must fulfill the requirements stated in this bulletin or in any other bulletin which is published while they are enrolled in the College provided the bulletin they follow is no more than ten years old at the time of graduation. A student must, however, meet the requirements from one bulletin only rather than choosing a portion from one bulletin and the remainder from another.

Exception: Students pursuing any degree in the School of Music who fail to take at least one course that will fulfill their degree requirements during a 12-month period must apply for re-admission. They are then required to move to the new bulletin and fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Quick points about the Theatre-Film & New Media major/program.
Quick Points
Attribute Value
College: Fine & Performing Arts
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Chief Adviser: Richard Endacott