Writing and screenwriting for film, television, games and for VR and other immersive experiences. Producing quality content across all platforms, mediums and technologies.


  • Screenwriter
  • Writing for Games
  • Experience Design
  • Speculative Worlds
  • Video Game Director
  • Video Game Designer
  • Producer

What is an emphasis?

In the second year, BFA-EMA students will select two emphases (undergraduate specialty areas). Each emphasis consists of a minimum of four courses. Story is one emphasis option. The chart below shows how an emphasis makes up one part of the emerging media curriculum.

Course RequirementsCredits

Major Requirements

Core 48
Emphasis 1 12
Emphasis 2 12
Interdisciplinary Concentration 9
Total 81
Electives 9
ACE 30
Total in Degree 120
Detailed Curriculum and Degree Information Sample 4-Year Plan

Story Emphasis Courses

The Story emphasis consists of the following courses. These courses will be taken in addition to the core courses, a second required emphasis, an interdisciplinary concentration, electives, and general education (ACE) courses. See detailed degree and curriculum information at go.unl.edu/bfa-ema.

Narrative Storytelling (EMAR 311)

Introduction to visual storytelling and scriptwriting. Beginning with exercises in character development and story world development, students write several short screenplays. Strong emphasis placed on the importance of revision and refinement of story structure and problem solving.

Storyworlds (EMAR 341)

A deep dive into creating stories in the age of ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, and fan culture.

Principles of Interactivity (EMAR 342)

Introduction to how humans interpret visual, tactile and auditory phenomena, and how these perceptions inform their actions in both the physical and digital worlds. Students will learn the principles and foundations of game design, and a range of game types, interfaces and experiences (be they digital, physical, aural, visual or haptic), that get people to take the action you intended them to take.

Introduction to Fiction Writing (ENGL 252)

Study and practice of the writing of fiction for intermediate students with previous fiction writing experience.

Other Areas of Emphasis

Application to this program

Students considering Emerging Media Arts must complete the required application. This application applies to both incoming freshman and transfer students and is used to evaluate a student’s suitability for the Emerging Media Arts program. The application information is also used for awarding scholarships
(individual awards vary).

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