Digital Arts

 Spring 2016:


ARTS 298A: Special Topics in Art II: Create! Compute! Compete! 

In this course you will:

  • Apply creative thinking skills such as surrounding, capturing, challenging and broadening to make your thinking richer and more powerful.
  • Apply computational thinking skills such as decomposition, abstraction, and algorithmic thinking to make your thinking more efficient and effective.
  • Use integrated computational and creative thinking to design solutions to real-life problems.
  • Start to prepare to creatively compete in the contemporary workplace and to engage with the growing importance of data in all disciplines. 

This course is 

  • an elective for the Music Technology minor or 
  • an elective for Area 4 of the Informatics minor
  • a studio elective for the BA or BFA in Art

Instructor:  Elizabeth Ingraham.  Richards Hall 121, TR 8:30-9:45am.


MUNM 282: Introduction to Music Composition and Digital Audio Production 

Fundamentals of music composition with attention to creating original music in digital mediums including MIDI and digital audio. Theory and practice in improvisation as related to composition as well as techniques for reworking musical ideas towards creating a finished composition.  Instructor: Brian Moore. Richards Hall 17, TR 12:30-1:45pm.


MUSC 383: Music Technology: Advanced Audio Recording and Production 

Advanced work in audio recording and production with an emphasis on creating dynamic audio mixes for different musical contexts. Extensive work with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and audio hardware such as microphones and mixing consoles, as well as foundational experience in using editing/mastering software.  Instructor: Tom Larson.  Richards Hall 17, TR 11:00am-12:15pm.


MUSC 398: iPad App Development for Music

By learning how to write native iPad apps for music settings, this course is an elective music technology course focusing on computational thinking and creative thinking. You will have ample opportunity to learn about both paradigms through a ‘hands-on’ studio approach to the broad topic of ‘software application development in the arts’.

Using the iPad as a platform, you will learn how to work in software development by working with the Swift computer language which is the basis for native iPad applications. Our focus will be on the creation and use of original audio and video content as ‘assets’ in app development.

Instructor:  Brian Moore.  Richards Hall 17, TR 4:30-5:45pm.



A practical introduction to the aesthetics, equipment, and production workflow for digital video production.  Instructor: Marsha Kahm.  Richards Hall 17, TR 2:00-4:00pm.


THEA 398 – Digital Image Manipulation

Mon & Wed 2:30 to 4:20

Professor Steve Kolbe


Digital Image Manipulation is a course designed to show how to enhance, alter, change, or create entire images entirely within a layering package such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn to create images from scratch within the software as well as how to correctly manipulate their pixels to a desired end result. We will be using both drawing tablets and mice as input devices to create our works. This course is intended as a helpful precursor to classes in motion graphics, compositing, and animation.

The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and is a collaborative effort among faculty from the Department of Art and Art History, the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and the Glenn Korff School of Music to provide interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts.

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln interested in the potential of collaboration with their peers in art, music, theatre, film, computer science, and related areas may also enjoy a focused study in digital arts. By expanding the student’s understanding of the application of technology in the arts, the Digital Arts Initiative will enhance the student’s creative options within their major. These elective classes will bring together students from various disciplines to share their unique perspectives. Faculty members include professionals who are committed to helping students achieve their full artistic and technical potential. Standards are rigorous, and expectations are high.

iPad class