- Major Department Admission
- College Requirements
- College Degree Requirements
- ACE Requirements
- Catalog Rule
- Learning Outcomes
This program offers comprehensive actor training through a core of eight different acting courses, which move from basic process work to detailed exploration of specific technical and stylistic demands. Students may also take as many as four semesters each of voice and speech training and movement training.
Degree at a Glance
|Languages: Classical and Modern||0-6|
Select from the list of “Approved Courses” found under “College Degree Requirements.”
|Theatre Core Requirements||39|
|Performance Option Requirements||22|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
Major Department Admission
Both new and transfer students wishing to complete the performance option must audition for the program.
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)
- Foreign language (2 units)
NOTE: One unit equals one year of high school credit.
One of the following performance standards must also be met:
New Freshmen: Minimum ACT 20 (composite), minimum SAT 950 (combined), or rank in top half of high school graduating class.
Transfer and Readmit Students: Completed 12 or more semester credits from a post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.0 and GPA 2.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application. (Emerging media arts majors: minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 and GPA 3.0 during the last semester of record at the time of application.)
International Students: Minimum TOEFL 70 (Internet) or 523 (paper)
Individual departments may have higher standards for acceptance into the different degrees and options. Please check with the individual departments for these standards.
Auditions are required for admission to the Glenn Korff 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 option. A separate application and portfolio review are required for acceptance into all other programs in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.
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 Nebraska. These conditions are in this catalog 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 Nebraska. These conditions are explained under Admission to the University, Removal of Deficiencies in this catalog.
College Degree Requirements
College General Education Requirements
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 Second-Year Japanese I and one additional course from JAPN 202 Intermediate Grammar and Reading I, JAPN 203 Second-Year Japanese II, and JAPN 204 Intermediate Grammar and Reading II; in Greek, the student must complete two 300-level courses; in Latin, a student must take LATN 301 Latin Prose I and LATN 302 Latin Poetry I.) Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Omaha Native Language, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language. View the College page for a full listing of approved courses.
- 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.
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.
C- and D Grades
The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of D grades from schools outside of the University of Nebraska system.
Grades lower than C earned at Nebraska or transferred from other schools cannot be applied toward requirements in a major, but may be applied toward total hours.
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.
- Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to a student’s GPA.
- P is interpreted to mean C or above. Some professional education courses require a C+ or above.
- 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.
- The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the professor’s, department’s, college, or University policy governing grading option.
- 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.
- 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:
- Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of ACE requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
- Freshmen and sophomores may enroll for no more than 6 hours of Pass/No Pass work per semester.
- 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.
- Departments may specify that certain courses can be taken only on a Pass/No Pass basis.
- 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 Nebraska 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.
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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
- A total of 90 credits must be registered for and completed while enrolled at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward degree requirements if students participate in prior approved programs and register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Credit awarded from an institution other than Nebraska will be subject to transfer credit and residency rules.
All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.
Students who first enroll at Nebraska under the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog must fulfill the requirements stated in this catalog or in any other catalog which is published while they are enrolled in the College provided the catalog they follow is no more than ten years old at the time of graduation. A student must, however, meet the requirements from one catalog only rather than choosing a portion from one catalog and the remainder from another.
Exception: Students pursuing any degree in the Glenn Korff 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 catalog and fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
Graduates of theatre–performance will be able to:
- Create a realistic, age-appropriate character.
- Demonstrate a clear, effective rehearsal process and an understanding of rehearsal protocol in the professional theatre.
- Memorize and perform a monologue, scene, or play and demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts: playing an intention, satisfying an objective, and matching physical and vocal characterization to performance venue and style.
- Compile a repertoire of audition pieces (monologues, songs, etc.) and possess the ability to create new audition packages.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of iambic pentameter and the ability to create and perform characters specific to Shakespeare’s canon.
- Create and perform a role with a dialect.
- Adapt their work for television and film.
|Theatre Core Requirements|
|THEA 112G||Introduction to Theatre||3|
|THEA 114||Basic Acting Techniques I||3|
|THEA 115||Basic Acting Techniques II||3|
|THEA 201||Technical Theatre Practice||3|
|THEA 202||Play Direction I||3|
|THEA 204||Stage Makeup||3|
|THEA 223||Intermediate Acting I||3|
|THEA 234||Scripts in Production||3|
|THEA 253||Voice and Speech for Performance I||3|
|THEA 255||Stage Movement I||3|
|THEA 335||History of Theatre I||3|
|THEA 336||History of Theatre II||3|
|THEA 472||Theatre Perspectives||3|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||39|
|Performance Option Requirements|
|THEA 224||Intermediate Acting II||3|
|THEA 254||Voice and Speech for Performance II||3|
|THEA 256||Stage Movement II||3|
|THEA 401||Advanced Acting (3 semesters)||9|
|THEA 408||Advanced Projects in Acting and/or Directing||1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Principles of Design for Theatre and Film|
|Introduction to Stage Lighting|
|Scene Design I|
|Costume Design I|
|Sound Design I|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||22|
|Total Credit Hours||61|
Minors are allowed, but not required, with the performance option.
Additional Major Requirements
Prerequisite Requirements/Advancement in Major
Review and screening for continuation in this option are done when students are enrolled in THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I (typically their third semester as theatre majors). The review includes an interview, an audition, and an analysis of the overall academic and artistic record; all of which are used to determine potential for success throughout the course of study. Approved students are permitted to enroll in THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II and in subsequent required performance option courses.
C- and D Grades
Minimum grade for all major requirements is C.
Pass/No Pass Limits
All courses taken for major requirements must be for letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.
Students in the performance option are expected to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA throughout their career. Transcripts will be reviewed periodically to ensure satisfactory progress. Failure to maintain a 2.5 GPA may result in dismissal from the program.
Transfer Credit used in Major Requirements
A minimum of 9 credits in the major must be completed at Nebraska.
Description: Introduction to the forms and functions of theatre and dramatic literature in the historical development of Western cultural traditions. While the theatre always reflects the aesthetic and philosophical concerns of the cultural era, the objective of the course is to determine the unique aesthetics of the theatre as an art form by exploring such issues as the relationship between the literary text and the text in performance; the changing role of theatre in culture historically; the various theatre research methods (historical, critical, experimental).
Prerequisites: Theatre major or permission.
Description: Introduction of the basic elements of design and the development of visual and perceptual skills. Develop an extensive portfolio of 2D and 3D visual projects through experimentation with various media.
Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Description: Topic varies.
Description: Basic theoretical and practical application of the technical theatre production, including scenery design, construction, use and requirements and related areas that are considered scenic or influence scenery, its design and construction. Related areas include types of stages, facilities, equipment and tool use and maintenance, materials, drafting fundamentals, painting, moving scenery, properties and safety.
Description: Fundamental concepts of play direction, play selection, script analysis and interpretation, artistic choices, articulating of ideas, communication with actors, and critique. Rehearsal and presentation of realistic scenes.
Description: Introduction to the methods and techniques of makeup.
Course is a prerequisite for THEA 411.
Description: Introduction and appreciation of the basic theory and practice of stage lighting. Exploration and application of elements of design (color, texture, intensity, line, composition) as they relate to lighting for live performance. Learning the basic tools of the lighting from the actual lighting instruments to the creating and timing of lighting cues.
Description: A practical introduction to the aesthetics, equipment, and production workflow for digital video production.
Description: Intensive application of principles of interpretative and technical theatre practice.
Description: Intensive application of principles of interpretative and technical theatre practice.
Description: Investigation of selected topics in digital arts.
Prerequisites: THEA 202 or permission
Description: Exploration of periods and styles of play direction from Classical Greek to contemporary American Realism and theatre for young audiences. Rehearsal and production of student directed scenes and short plays in Laboratory Theatre.
Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts or permission.
Description: Survey and practical application of the major aspects of making and leading improvisation with young people.
Description: Web design, usability and interactive media.
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Nebraska at Oxford study abroad program
Lecturers and tutors for the two courses are from Oxford University faculty and staff. Field trips and cultural excursions will supplement the course lectures and tutorials.
Description: Shakespeare and the well-known literature of England since the Middle Ages.
Description: Creation, animation, lighting and rendering moving images.
Prerequisites: Open to juniors who are candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Description: Actor's methods of character development in the major styles of acting including Realistic Drama, Elizabethan, Comedy, Theatre of the Absurd, Musical Theatre, and others, and the acting profession itself. Specific content for each semester may be obtained from the teaching faculty.
Description: Actor movement training intended for the graduate and advanced undergraduate. Focus on the process of building a physical characterization, tumbling, kinesthetic awareness, movement improvisation, period styles, court dancing, mask, Commedia dell'Arte, and stage combat
Description: Introduces actors to techniques ranging from commercial voice-over techniques, dialect mastery, and singing, to specialized voice/speech techniques for stage, screen, and new media.
Description: The creation of various costume accessories, ornaments and hand properties categorized by the profession as costume crafts.
Description: Theory and practice of stage lighting. Instruments and control systems employed in lighting the stage. Color in light, its effect upon costume, makeup, and settings. Planning of light plots.
Description: Theory and practice of scene design. Application of the principles of design to stage settings. Development of the scene design for a play through sketches, color plates, models, and drawings.
Prerequisites: THEA 411/811 or equivalent.
Description: Advanced lighting design through the rendering of light story boards.
Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201, and permission.
Description: Computer Aided Design (CAD) as it applies to scenic, costume, and lighting design. Emphasis on two-dimensional drafting, three-dimensional modeling, and computer graphics.
Description: Theory and practice of stage costume designs. Principles of design as they apply to theatrical costuming. Development of costume designs for the characters in a play through sketches, drawings, and color plates.
Prerequisites: THEA 418/818.
Description: In-depth costume design in the areas of design conception and techniques of design communication. Application of principles learned in Costume Design I.
Description: In-depth theoretical and practical application of organization, materials, and techniques necessary for the planning, execution, maintenance, and use of stage scenery, and the proper and safe use and maintenance of the stage and shop facilities.
Description: Advanced techniques and practice in technical drafting as applied to theatrical scenic construction.
Description: Practice in planning of a theatre facility, including program writing, working with consultants and architects, equipment specification, space allocation, codes and regulations.
Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201 or permission.
Description: Techniques and practice of rendering for scene and costume design.
Prerequisites: THEA 210
Description: Strengthen design aesthetic and understanding of modern technology that is commonly seen in the theatre through hands-on exploration of lighting consoles, automated and LED fixtures that will sharpen design skills.
Prerequisites: THEA 210
Description: Prepare to be a master electrician for live performances by learning basic crew management, principles of electricity, dimmers and general stage lighting equipment as well as common tools used by those in the trade.
Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts including THEA 201, or permission.
Description: Techniques and practice of scene painting for theatre, film, and television. Texture simulation, faux finishes, and realistic drop painting.
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Description: Life as a professional theatre designer. Contracts, taxes, record keeping, resumes, portfolios, interviewing, job hunting and legal considerations.
Prerequisites: THEA 489
Description: Develop the skills required to successfully direct a film. Critically analyze a script; shape an actor's performance and balance the technical demands of each scene.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission.
Description: Most frequently produced plays 1652-1989 on European stages (excluding England). Structural aspects and reasons for the play's popularity among performers and audiences.
Prerequisites: THEA 450/850 or permission
Description: Advanced work with recording, editing, and playback devices. Training in digital editing using the ProTools LE platform. Planning and execution of full-length, realized, sound designs for departmental mainstage productions.
Description: Advanced training in the integration of acting, movement, and singing skills for the performance of musical theatre. Training in artistic decision making that generates a character within a musical. Focus on a discipline of preparation and the resulting practice of performance; practical experiences with solos, duets, and ensembles from American Musical Theatre Repertoire.
Prerequisites: THEA 201 or permission
Description: Theory and practice of rigging for live theatre. Extensive work with fly systems, rope systems, and standard rigging hardware.
Prerequisites: THEA 487 or by permission
Description: Advanced compositing and 3D simulations.
Prerequisites: THEA 487 or by permission
Description: Modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting and rendering 3D objects.
Prerequisites: Emerging Media Arts major and senior standing
Description: Supervised planning and production of thesis projects in emerging media arts.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and 3.0 GPA.
Description: History of technological innovation in film. Sound, film format, color systems, lenses and lighting that have enhanced the finished product in the film industry.
Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Description: Analysis of advanced projects in screenwriting, film production, digital animation, and new media.
Prerequisites: THEA 489/889.
Description: Projects in screenwriting, film production, digital animation, and new media.
Prerequisites: THEA 489/889.
Description: Advanced studio software and techniques.
Prerequisites: THEA 489.
Description: Development and integration of graphics, video and other digital media to assemble a portfolio of creative work.
Description: Advanced film production techniques including sync-sound, lighting, lab post-production and film business. Small group production of Cenema Verite's Experimental and Narrative short films.
Description: Structured internships with professional organizations or individuals outside the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus or with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and THEA 489/889.
Description: Supervised planning and production of thesis projects in film or new media.
Prerequisites: Open to seniors who are candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.
- A minimum 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
- ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
- Complete 30 of the last 36 hours in residence at UNL OR Complete 90 hours of the 120 hours required in residence at UNL.
Complete a minimum of 30 hours numbered 300 or above. This may include both major and non-major courses.
The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.
Jobs of Recent Graduates
- Actress/Performer, The National Theater For Children - Minneapolis MN
- Children's Activities Hostess, Walt Disney World - Orlando FL
- Actor, Babes with Blades - Chicago IL
- Associate Director, Haymarket Theatre - Lincoln NE
- Acting Apprentice, Actors Theatre of Louisville - Louisville KY
- Actor, Omaha Playhouse - Omaha NE
- Videographer, Chemistry videographer - Lincoln NE
Graduate & Professional Schools
- Acting/theater performance/teaching, University of South Carolina - Columbia SC
- Masters of Fine Arts in Flim Acting, New York Film Academy - NY
- Master of Fine Arts, East 15 School of Acting - Essex, England ZZ
- Professional Actors Training Program, MSA, University of Houston - Houston TX
- , Second City Conservatory - Chicago IL