Description

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

ACE Requirements30
Languages: Classical and Modern0-6
Select from the list of “Approved Courses” found under “College Degree Requirements.”
Theatre Core Requirements39
Performance Option Requirements22
Electives23-29
Total Credit Hours120

Major Department Admission

Both new and transfer students wishing to complete the performance option must audition for the program.

College Requirements

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:

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 twelve or more semester credits from a postsecondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.0 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 70 (Internet) or 523 (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 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 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 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 UNL. 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.


NOTE:

  • 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

ARAB 201Second-Year Arabic I3
ARAB 202Second-Year Arabic II3
CHIN 201Second-Year Chinese I3
CHIN 202Second-Year Chinese II3
CZEC 201Second-Year Czech I3
CZEC 202Second-Year Czech II3
FREN 201Second-Year French I3
FREN 202Second-Year French II3
FREN 203Conversation and Composition I3
FREN 210Accelerated Second-Year French6
GERM 201Second-Year German I3
GERM 202Second-Year German II3
GERM 203Composition and Conversation I3
GERM 210Accelerated Second-Year German6
GREK 301Greek Prose I3
GREK 302Greek Poetry I3
GREK 373New Testament Greek3
HEBR 301Biblical Hebrew Prose3
HEBR 302Biblical Hebrew Poetry3
JAPN 201Second-Year Japanese I3
JAPN 202Intermediate Grammar and Reading I3
JAPN 203Second-Year Japanese II3
JAPN 204Intermediate Grammar and Reading II3
LATN 301Latin Prose I3
LATN 302Latin Poetry I3
RUSS 201Second-Year Russian I3
RUSS 202Second-Year Russian II3
SLPA 201Second Year American Sign Language I4
SLPA 202Second Year American Sign Language II4
SPAN 201Second-Year Spanish I3
SPAN 202Second-Year Spanish II3
SPAN 203Intensive Conversation3
SPAN 210Accelerated Second-Year Spanish6

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 D grades 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

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.

School of Art, Art History and Design Transfer Credit Policy

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

Studio 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.

Each major requires a minimum amount of credit that must be completed at UNL.  Courses taken at other academic institutions may be applied toward the remaining required credits subject to evaluation by the department.  Specific limits may be found in the major requirements section.

Glenn Korff School of Music Transfer Credit Policy

The following will be used by advisors 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 advisor.
  • 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 advisor.

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.

Residency

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.

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 ace.unl.edu.

Catalog Rule

Students who first enroll at Nebraska under the 2017-2018 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.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in theatre–performance will be able to:

  1. Create a realistic, age-appropriate character.
  2. Demonstrate a clear, effective rehearsal process and an understanding of rehearsal protocol in the professional theatre.
  3. 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.
  4. Compile a repertoire of audition pieces (monologues, songs, etc.) and possess the ability to create new audition packages.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of iambic pentameter and the ability to create and perform characters specific to Shakespeare’s canon.
  6. Create and perform a role with a dialect.
  7. Adapt their work for television and film.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
BA Core Requirements
THEA 112GIntroduction to Theatre3
THEA 114Basic Acting Techniques I3
THEA 115Basic Acting Techniques II3
THEA 201Technical Theatre Practice3
THEA 202Play Direction I3
THEA 204Stage Makeup3
THEA 223Intermediate Acting I3
THEA 234Scripts in Production3
THEA 253Voice Production for the Stage3
THEA 255Stage Movement I3
THEA 335History of Theatre I3
THEA 336History of Theatre II3
THEA 472Theatre Perspective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 39
Option Requirements
Performance Option Requirements
THEA 224Intermediate Acting II3
THEA 254Stage Diction and Dialects3
THEA 256Stage Movement II3
THEA 401Advanced Acting (3 semesters)9
THEA 408Advanced Projects in Acting and/or Directing1
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 Hours61
Minor Requirements

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.

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.

 

Grade Rules

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.

THEA112G
Introduction to Theatre

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).

This course is a prerequisite for: THEA 335; THEA 336

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts

THEA112H
Honors: Introduction to Theatre

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: ntroduction 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).

This course is a prerequisite for: THEA 335; THEA 336

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts

THEA114
Basic Acting Techniques I

Description: Introduction to the essentials of the actor's craft: concentration, relaxation, sensory awareness, improvisation, and basic script analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA115
Basic Acting Techniques II

Prerequisites: THEA 114.

Description: Continuation of THEA 114, with greater emphasis on the development of emotional control as it applies to scene work.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA120
Principles of Design for Theatre and Film

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:2-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2-3

ACE:

THEA199
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA201
Technical Theatre Practice

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA202
Play Direction I

Prerequisites: THEA 112G or 114, and 201, or permission.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA204
Stage Makeup

Description: Introduction to the methods and techniques of makeup.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA210
Introduction to Stage Lighting

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA223
Intermediate Acting I

Prerequisites: THEA 115, 253, 255 or equivalent and permission.

Description: Intensive concentration, emotional and sensory work focused on the problems of characterization. Emphasis on close script analysis and scene work.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA224
Intermediate Acting II

Prerequisites: THEA 223 or equivalent and permission.

Description: Continuation of THEA 223. Development of a sensitive emotional instrument as it affects characterization. Scene study and appropriate exercises in concentration and sensory development.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA234
Scripts in Production

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

Description: Survey of dramatic literature and texts in production, promoting a broad understanding of performed scripts. Approximately 12-15 plays and/or screenplays studied.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

THEA253
Voice Production for the Stage

Prerequisites: THEA 115.

Description: Training in the use of voice for the stage, including anatomy of the voice-producing mechanism, the actor's improvement of voice, breath control for the theatre, resonance and flexibility of tone for characterization, and vocal response to a wide range of emotional stimuli in dramatic literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA254
Stage Diction and Dialects

Description: Application of phonetics to stage diction and dialects. Mastery for characterization on stage of the distinguishing characteristics of foreign dialects, regional variants, and stage diction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA255
Stage Movement I

Prerequisites: THEA 115.

Description: Movement training focusing on the process of building a physical characterization, physical conditioning and flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, and movement improvisation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA256
Stage Movement II

Prerequisites: THEA 255.

Description: Application of the techniques developed in THEA 255 to the plays of Shakespeare, Moliere, and selected Commedia dell'Arte.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA282
Digital Video Production

Description: A practical introduction to the aesthetics, equipment, and production workflow for digital video production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA285
University Theatre I

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Intensive application of principles of interpretative and technical theatre practice.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-2

ACE:

THEA286
University Theatre II

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Intensive application of principles of interpretative and technical theatre practice.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-2

ACE:

THEA291Q
Special Topics in Digital Arts

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Investigation of selected topics in digital arts.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA300
Stage Management

Prerequisites: 12 hrs THEA or permission.

Description: Survey of management techniques for the theatre including theoretical and practical application.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA301
Theatre Management

Prerequisites: THEA 112G, 114, and 234.

Description: Theatre management: strategic planning; marketing; audience development; grant writing; and company and front-of-the-house management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA303
Play Direction II

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA331
Introduction to Playwriting

Prerequisites: ENGL 150 and 151.

Description: Beginning writing for the theatre; starting with the composition of short dramatic scenes and working toward the completion of a one-act play.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA335
History of Theatre I

Prerequisites: THEA 112G

Description: Theatre from Ancient Greece through Elizabethan period.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA336
History of Theatre II

Prerequisites: THEA 112G

Description: Theatre from French Neoclassicism to the present.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA337
Creative Drama: Improvisation with Youth

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts or permission.

Description: Survey and practical application of the major aspects of making and leading improvisation with young people.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA338
Dramaturgy

Prerequisites: THEA 202 and 234.

Description: Fundamental concepts of dramaturgy. Theoretical and practical applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA368
Digital Media Production

Description: Web design, usability and interactive media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA386
Shakespeare's Dramatic ArtsCrosslisted with ENGL 386

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Nebraska at Oxford study abroad program

Description: Shakespeare and the well-known literature of England since the Middle Ages. 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA387
Digital Animation Basics

Description: Creation, animation, lighting and rendering moving images.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:SDO

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA398
Special Topics in Theatre

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

THEA398H
Honors Course

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

THEA399
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA401
Advanced Acting

Prerequisites: THEA 224, 254, 256 or equivalent and permission.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA402
Advanced Stage MovementCrosslisted with THEA 802

Prerequisites: THEA 224, 256, or equivalent and permission

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

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA403
Advanced Voice TechniquesCrosslisted with THEA 803

Prerequisites: THEA 253, THEA 254, or equivalent and permission

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA406
Costume CraftsCrosslisted with THEA 806

Description: The creation of various costume accessories, ornaments and hand properties categorized by the profession as costume crafts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:SDO

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA407
AuditioningCrosslisted with THEA 807

Prerequisites: THEA 114, 115, 223, 224 and permission.

Description: Auditioning process, including resumes, interviews, preparation of pieces (forms, styles, and genres), cold readings, songs, etc.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

THEA408
Advanced Projects in Acting and/or Directing

Prerequisites: (Acting) THEA 112G or 115, 114, 204, 401/801 or equivalent and permission; (Directing) THEA 303, 401/801, 403/803, 410/810, 412/812, 418/818, and permission.

Description: Selected performance in acting and directing in University Theatre, and Experimental Theatre.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA409
Advanced Projects in Technical TheatreCrosslisted with THEA 809

Prerequisites: THEA 410/810, 412/812, 418/818 or equivalent and permission.

Description: Projects in scene design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, or technical direction. Planning and execution of designs for actual production.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA410
Stage Lighting ICrosslisted with THEA 810

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201 and 202.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA411
Stage Lighting IICrosslisted with THEA 811

Prerequisites: THEA 410/810 or equivalent.

Description: Intensive work in designing lighting for theatre, dance, musicals, and opera.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA412
Scene Design ICrosslisted with THEA 812

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts including THEA 201 and 202.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA413
Scene Design IICrosslisted with THEA 813

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201 and 202, and 412/812.

Description: Theory and practice of scene design. Rendering techniques, period research, and multi-set productions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA414
Stage Lighting IIICrosslisted with THEA 814

Prerequisites: THEA 411/811 or equivalent.

Description: Advanced lighting design through the rendering of light story boards.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA415
Production Design for Film and TelevisionCrosslisted with THEA 815

Prerequisites: THEA 413/813 or 489/889.

Description: Theory and practice of production design for the camera. Research, design techniques, tools, and aspects specific to film and television.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA416
Computer Aided Design (CAD) for the TheatreCrosslisted with THEA 816

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA418
Costume Design ICrosslisted with THEA 818

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201 and 202.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA419
Costume Design IICrosslisted with THEA 819

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA420
Problems in Technical ProductionCrosslisted with THEA 820

Prerequisites: THEA 201, 410/810, 412/812, or equivalent and permission.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA421
Drafting for the TheatreCrosslisted with THEA 821

Description: Advanced techniques and practice in technical drafting as applied to theatrical scenic construction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA422
Theatre ArchitectureCrosslisted with THEA 822

Description: Practice in planning of a theatre facility, including program writing, working with consultants and architects, equipment specification, space allocation, codes and regulations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA423
Rendering for the TheatreCrosslisted with THEA 823

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 201 or permission.

Description: Techniques and practice of rendering for scene and costume design.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA424
Directing and/or Dramaturgy and/or Stage Management Seminar I

Prerequisites: THEA 202, 300, and 338

Description: Modern dramatic literature, directing dramaturgy, and stage management theory and practice. Stanislavski to Peter Brook.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA425
Directing and/or Dramaturgy and/or Stage Management Seminar II

Prerequisites: THEA 202, 300, and 338.

Description: Modern dramatic literature, directing dramaturgy, and stage management theory and practice. New voices.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA426
Lighting for FilmCrosslisted with THEA 826

Prerequisites: THEA 411/811 or 489/889, or permission

Description: Advanced application of film lighting concepts and techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA427
The American Theatre ICrosslisted with THEA 827

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 112G, 335, and 336 or equivalent.

Description: History and development of the professional American theatre from the beginning to 1900. Includes selected American plays which best characterize the period under consideration.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA428
The American Theatre IICrosslisted with THEA 828

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 112G, 335, and 336 or equivalent.

Description: History and development of the professional American theatre from 1900 to the present day. Includes selected American plays which best characterize the period.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA429
Advanced Stage Lighting TechnologyCrosslisted with THEA 829

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA430
Master ElectricianCrosslisted with THEA 830

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR
Groups:Introductory

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA431
Advanced PlaywritingCrosslisted with THEA 831

Prerequisites: 12 hrs theatre arts, including THEA 112G or 115, 331 or equivalent, and permission.

Description: Practice leading to the composition of a three-act play or equivalent long play.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA432
Scene PaintingCrosslisted with THEA 832

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA434
Business of Theatre Design

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Description: Life as a professional theatre designer. Contracts, taxes, record keeping, resumes, portfolios, interviewing, job hunting and legal considerations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA438
Film: DirectingCrosslisted with THEA 838

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA440
Continental DramaCrosslisted with THEA 840

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA450
Sound Design ICrosslisted with THEA 850

Prerequisites: THEA 201 or permission

Description: Theory and practice of sound design for live theatre. Extensive work with recording, mixing, effects, and playback devices.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA451
Sound Design IICrosslisted with THEA 851

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA454
Sound for FilmCrosslisted with THEA 854

Prerequisites: THEA 489/889 or 451/851.

Description: Advanced application of studio and field recording techniques and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) editing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA455
Musical Theatre TechniquesCrosslisted with THEA 855, MUOP 455, MUOP 855

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Opera/Music Theatre Performanc

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA457
Stage Rigging ICrosslisted with THEA 857

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA472
Theatre Perspective

Prerequisites: Senior standing; THEA 201, 292, 234, 335, and 336

Description: Advanced study of theatre arts and crafts. A Capstone course.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

THEA473
Digital Visual Effects

Prerequisites: THEA 487 or by permission

Description: Advanced compositing and 3D simulations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA474
Digital Animation

Prerequisites: THEA 487 or by permission

Description: Modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting and rendering 3D objects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA479
Capstone Project in Film or New Media

Prerequisites: Senior standing and THEA 489/889.

Description: Supervised planning and production of thesis projects in film or new media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

THEA480
Technological Innovations in Film ProductionCrosslisted with THEA 880

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA481
Screenwriting: The Short ScriptCrosslisted with THEA 881

Prerequisites: BRDC 370 or ENGL 252 or 254 or 259A or THEA 331 or permission.

Description: Character development, story structure, and problem solving. Writing for the short film.

This course is a prerequisite for: THEA 486, THEA 886

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA482
Film Production ICrosslisted with THEA 882

Prerequisites: BRDC 269; THEA 114, 201 and 202; BRDC 474/874 or ENGL 252 or 254 or 259A or THEA 331 or permission.

Description: Film grammar" and non-sync film production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA483
Seminar in Film Production and/or New Media

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Description: Analysis of advanced projects in screenwriting, film production, digital animation, and new media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA484
Advanced Projects in Film Production and/or New MediaCrosslisted with THEA 884

Prerequisites: THEA 489 / 889 and permission

Description: Projects in screenwriting, film production, digital animation, and new media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA485
Post Production for Film and New MediaCrosslisted with THEA 885

Prerequisites: THEA 489/889.

Description: Advanced studio software and techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA486
Film: ProducingCrosslisted with THEA 886

Prerequisites: THEA 481/881 and THEA 489/889

Description: The budgeting, organizational, managerial and supervisory skills required by a creative film producer - from financing to distribution.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA487
Digital Motion GraphicsCrosslisted with THEA 887

Prerequisites: THEA 489/889 and permission

Description: Creating moving text and images using compositing and animation software. Introduction to basic 3D animation.

This course is a prerequisite for: THEA 473; THEA 474

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA488
Digital Portfolio

Prerequisites: THEA 489.

Description: Development and integration of graphics, video and other digital media to assemble a portfolio of creative work.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA489
Film Production IICrosslisted with THEA 889

Prerequisites: THEA 481/881, 482/882, and permission.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: THEA 486, THEA 886; THEA 838, THEA 438

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA491
Advanced Projects in Directing and/or Theatre Management and/or Stage ManagementCrosslisted with THEA 891

Prerequisites: THEA 202, 300, or 301 and permission

Description: Selected projects in directing, theatre management, or stage management in University Theatre or Theatrix.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA494
Internship in Theatre or FilmCrosslisted with THEA 894

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Structured internships with professional organizations or individuals outside the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus or with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

THEA496
Capstone Project in Film or New Media

Prerequisites: Senior standing and THEA 489/889.

Description: Supervised planning and production of thesis projects in film or new media.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

THEA499H
Honors Course

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
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.

Career Information

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

Grad 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