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 School of Art, Art History, and Design, 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.

Outcomes: what's in it for you?
Courses in the Digital Arts Initiative are designed to provide students an additional option for focused study in various aspects of creative expression and production through digital technologies. Such areas include fine arts, graphic design, music production, digital media production and multimedia content creation. For more information on specific courses, please see the "Course Offerings" section.

If anything can be certain about our future, it is that the influence of technology will continue to profoundly alter not only how we express ourselves to one another, but how we perceive and interact with our world.  Creative challenges abound in the emergence of these new mediums of expression.

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.

Specific outcomes for focused study in digital arts include:

  • an understanding and appreciation of the technologies that constitute the tools for creative expression in the digital arts;
  • a deeper understanding and appreciation for the collaborative process outside a student’s major field of study;
  • overall improvement in the student’s aural, visual and digital communication skills; 
  • learning to be digitally-literate citizens capable of critical examination of technology and our media-saturated world.

An important characteristic of these courses is the blend of in-class instruction with hands-on learning experiences. Students enjoy one-on-one interactions with faculty as well as collaboration with other students in directed projects and activities.