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School of the Arts | Where Nebraska Arts Begin

UNO’s School of the Arts fosters probing inquiry of the world through a rigorous education in the arts. Programs develop in different kinds of scholar-artists the powers of observation, reflection, critical analysis, and creativity. Our students come to understand the relationship between the arts and our communities’ well-being, seeing expression as a means to connect diverse ideas and people.

Our Areas of Study

The School of the Arts serves more than 450 students in three undergraduate programs and one graduate programs of study.


Art & Art History 
Writer's Workshop (Creative Writing)
MFA in Writing

Our Strengths

We offer numerous opportunities for rigorous and disciplined professional training in combination with a broad-based education. Our belief is that a comprehensive understanding of all the arts will make you a better artist and help you succeed.

Through in-class and hands-on work, you will gain valuable life skills including discipline, collaboration, communication, research, planning, time-management and problem-solving. Outside of campus, Omaha’s thriving arts community allows additional opportunities for internships, and learning experiences for growth and engagement.

Our Faculty

All teaching faculty are critically acclaimed artists, design practitioners, and/or scholars  who strive to personalize instruction to every student. 


Art & Art History degree options: 

Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts 

In addition, Studio Art students further define their major with a concentration in one of these areas:

Two Dimensional (2D)
Three Dimensional (3D)
Graphic Design
Media Arts

Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art or a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a PK-12 Teaching Certification.

Theatre degree options:

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Writer's Workshop degree options:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
MFA in Writing

Our Facilities

The award-winning Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB) exudes creativity and invites one to explore art, theatre and creative writing. It has an almost medieval quality to its pinnacled towers, rusticated stone walls, and curved brick spine. The interior design with windows into studios and other classrooms helps build a sense of community among practicing artists and scholars.

WFAB is also home to the UNO Art Gallery, a vital cultural and educational forum for the study, contemplation and critical analysis of works of art.

Sculpture and ceramics studios are housed in a separate building right across the street.

The College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, which the School of the Arts is a part of, offers more than $300,000 in scholarships each year.


Our Alumni Success

We have former students who are leaders in their field both in Omaha and major urban arts centers across the nation.