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studio art & art education.

The Department of Art & Art History has designed courses to meet the varied interests & needs of our students. Curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore artistic practices methods of the past while encouraging them to experiment with new creative technologies and a variety of mixed media and boundary-crossing approaches used by contemporary artists. From the creation of hand-crafted books to digitally-generated imagery, UNO students learn the critical thinking & problem-solving skills needed to master the tools and materials of art making and scholarship.

Degree options
The Department of Art & Art History offers a variety of degrees to meet the diverse needs of its student population. Degree options available for the studio art major are:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with K-12 Certification
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Concentration areas

  • Book Arts               
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing/Design       
  • Painting
  • Printmaking            
  • Sculpture
  • Intermedia

Visual Technology:
A cooperative program with Metropolitan Community College allows students to concentrate in:

  • Graphic Communication Arts & Design
  • Electronic Imaging
    1. Animation
      Interactive Media
      Media Integration
  • Photography
  • Digital Cinema

Students take coursework in their chosen  concentration at Metro and transfer the credits back to UNO to be applied towards their Bachelor’s degree OR earn their Associate’s degree in one of the areas above and follow the A+B agreement between MCC & UNO.

Electronic Imaging Computer Animation concentration provides the student an in-depth experience creating both 2-D and 3-D animation using industry standard software. While the program’s primary focus is 3-D modeling and animation, 2-D animation is thoroughly explored. Character, Narrative, and Storyboard skills are emphasized throughout the program. Career opportunities include: Modeling and animation for game development, motion pictures, television, visualization and special effects.

Electronic Imaging Interactive Media concentration offers the student a comprehensive background in the use of technical and creative tools to produce multimedia programs. Career opportunities: Authoring and scripting, film and video animation, multimedia, interface design, CD-ROM title development, game development, instructional design, training, media coordination, corporate communications, marketing and sales.

Electronic Imaging Media Integration concentration allows students to customize their program of study by choosing from a variety of courses. Career opportunities will depend on course of study: Authoring and scripting, 2-D animation, multimedia, interface design, CD-ROM
title development, game development, instructional design, training, media coordination, corporate communications, marketing and sales.

A Graphic Communication Art & Design concentration provides the student with creative problem solving skills in the communication of visual ideas applied to print and web media. The graduate is prepared for employment as a graphic designer in advertising agencies, design studios, in-house design departments, and printing establishments.

A concentration in Still Photography allows students to solve photographic problems through the skillful use of camera, lighting, laboratory and electronic techniques. Included in the concetration are experiences in commercial, general and digital photography. Courses include the theory and application of both black and white and color materials. This will allow students the opportuntity for employment in a commercial or portrait studio, industrial photo unit, hospital or research laboratory, newspaper or television station, photo-finishing laboratory or retail photo sales.

A concentration in Digital Cinema (Video) provides the student with a background in various aspects of video and audio production and post-production. This concentration will allow students opportuntity for employment in videography for television or film or video production.


studio art curriculum.

The studio art curriculum introduces the student to technical and conceptual aspects of two and three dimensional design beginning with Studio Art Foundation courses.  Students develop an understanding of design components and principles, learn handmade and shop-oriented technologies, and explore analytical and conceptual drawing.  Throughout the core courses they develop skills in critical and cultural analysis of art practice.

Studio Foundation Core I

    Foundation Drawing/Design 2-D
    Foundation Drawing/Design 3-D
    Foundation Theory/Practice: Alternative Media (color & collage)
    Foundation Theory/Practice: Intermedia (time based art)
    Life Drawing I

Studio Foundation Core II

    Students continue exploration of media and design in Core II with the following:
    Elementary Sculpture
    Elementary Painting
    Elementary Printmaking
         OR Photographic/Digital Printmaking
    Elementary Ceramics
    Digital Media

Studio Concentrations
Upon completing the Studio Core curriculum, students select an area of concentration in which to take advanced coursework, as they continue to develop their own artistic voices.  Areas of concentration offered are book arts, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, intermedia, graphic communication arts, electronic imaging, photography and video art.

Art History
Students in the Art History Core courses study artists and artworks deemed historically, culturally and aesthetically important for the understanding of the human experience:

    Survey of Western Art History I
    Survey of Western Art History II
    Modern OR Contemporary Art History
    Art History Electives

Studio Art Electives
In addition to the Art & Art History core courses, students choose nine credit hours of Studio Art electives.

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement
A minimum of125 total credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. This includes academic core as well as Art and Art History coursework.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art degree program who have completed their Art History Core, Studio Core I & II, studio concentration courses and general education courses may apply for candidacy into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program through an application process. Students accepted into the BFA program are required to take additional coursework in art history, studio art, independent study, theory and thesis .

The BFA studio emphasis provides the serious visual arts student with an extensive, well-rounded, performance-oriented background in their concentration area. The BFA degree prepares students for a professional life in fine arts and post-graduate study.

K-12 Art - Nebraska Certification
UNO students specializing in studio art degrees (BASA, BFA) have the opportunity to achieve Nebraska state certification in K-12 art education. Students complete major requirements for certification through the UNO College of Education, but complete art studio requirements and art education methods courses in the Department of Art and Art History.

A faculty of regionally and nationally recognized artists, educators and scholars teach an innovative curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities. They provide the supportive atmosphere students need to develop creative accomplishments and academic success. The faculty are eager to help all students, whether studying art for personal growth and enjoyment, or considering a career in the arts or graduate study. Additional part-time faculty are drawn from an extensive community of local artists.

studio art faculty.

Larry Bradshaw, Drawing/Design

Gary Day, Printmaking, Photographic/Digital Printmaking

David Helm, Sculpture

Russ Nordman, Digital Media/Intermedia

Bonnie O’Connell, Book Arts

Barbara Simcoe, Painting

Art History Faculty
Dr. James Czarnecki, Research: Early Italian Renaissance Painting
Teaching areas: European Renaissance and Baroque Art; the Arts of Asia; History of Architecture

Dr. Daniel A. Siedell, Research: Abstract Expressionism, history and theory of art criticism, religion and spirituality in contemporary artistic practice, and curatorial practice
Teaching areas: Modern, Contemporary

Dr. Joanne Sowell, Research: Medieval architectural history, pedagogy of art history, art education
Teaching areas:  Ancient and medieval, cross-cultural art


UNO Department of Art & Art History
Department Chair, Robert Carlson

Interested in our studio art program?
Contact Chantel Asselin Dunn, (402) 554.3244 OR