About the Department

About The Department

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, UNL’s Department of Art and Art History meets the highest academic standards required of all professional art and design schools.

We offer two degrees at the undergraduate level: the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in art, and the bachelor of arts (BA) with a major in art or art history. Art majors may choose to emphasize in one or more of the following areas:

Our graduate programs include the master of arts (MA) in art history, and master of fine arts (MFA) in ceramics, drawing, new genres, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Students work closely with teachers who have national and international reputations in art, art history, and archaeology. The Sheldon Museum of Art and Great Plains Art Museum offer additional opportunities for students to learn and work with major art collections.

As part of a major national university, students can complement their art studies with courses from 120 different degree programs from Classics to International Business, or Horticulture to Textiles. The university's national reputation for research, academic excellence, and athletics makes this an extraordinary college experience for all of our students. When you come to UNL you will join a thriving community of professional artists and focused students. You will work in one of the best art making environments in the country.

Pete Pinnell

Pete Pinnell Chair, Department of
Art & Art History

Message from the Chair Change the world! Become an artist and designer.

Do you realize that practically everything that is produced represents the work of an artist/designer: clothes, furniture, buildings, cars, and all media, including videos, movies, publications, and websites.

Give your style and vision to the world! Study art and design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Whether you are a beginning student, a transfer student, have a personal interest, or big career goals, realize your dreams at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.