Highlights of building the new Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts:

Faculty & Staff

A new director, seven permanent faculty members at the vanguard of film and emerging media, and additional staff members will be hired to develop and support the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. Read more about how we propose to invest in the creative media professionals of the future.


In addition, a Board of Advisers will be formed, and additional faculty support will come from Carson Professors, who are professionals from the film and emerging media industry; Carson Fellows, who are UNL faculty from across various disciplines; and Guest Professionals and Artists.


A Johnny Carson Emerging Arts Conference will be held every two to three years; an annual Emerging Media Arts Symposium will explore new opportunities for creativity and research in film and emerging media; and an internship coordinator will be hired to help develop paid and unpaid internships opportunities for students with private-sector companies and public organizations.


A new curriculum will be built for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Emerging Media, in consultation with the new director, that will emphasize a new foundational curriculum, transdisciplinary specialization, virtual production certificates and the culminating Innovation Studio, a capstone class where students work on final projects that will prepare them for the professional world.


The new facility will have a capacity to hold more than 200 students. A five-year marketing campaign, supported by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, will help advertise the program to prospective students.