With the resources, faculty and technology at Nebraska, you’ll collaborate, create, design, discover, research, contribute and succeed—all before you graduate. No matter what your ambition is, you can make it happen in the arts at Nebraska.
Study What You Love
Turn one of our 11 majors into an exciting career by aligning your creative interests with your goals.Explore Undergraduate Majors
Stretch Your Strengths
Build a Strong Foundation
Learn from Masters
Participate in masterclasses and guest artist residencies with leading artists in each discipline both in your discipline, as well as through the world-class Lied Center for Performing Arts and Sheldon Museum of Art. See the hard work and preparation needed first hand to reach the pinnacle level of achievement. Previous guest artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Misty Copeland, and more.
Prepare Yourself for the Next Level
Join one of 18 music ensembles. Earn union membership credits by performing in Nebraska Repertory Theatre productions. Organize your own exhibition in the MEDICI Gallery. Create your own film. We will challenge you, but you’ll be prepared to do big things in your arts career.
Connect with Faculty 1-on-1
With an average class size under 20 students, you’ll have personalized attention from professors who are fully invested in your growth. The university’s UCARE program also supports undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in research or creative activities. The First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) matches eligible incoming freshmen with faculty mentors to learn about research and creative activities in the mentor’s field and to participate in a manageable research or creative project.
Find Your Creative Home
You will find a supportive arts community and an abundance of organizations to get involved in to make connections. Find a student organization that matches your passions, including Theatrix student theatre producing company, AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Artists), Orchesis (dance), The Clay Club, Creative Commons, Cinema 16, music ensembles, a cappella groups or form your own organization. Network through internships, conduct research and exhibit real-world creative projects.
Experience More with Financial Support from The Hixson-Lied Endowment
Major in the arts and be eligible to apply for grants thanks to the Hixson-Lied Endowment, which supports travel for presentations, conferences, performances and research; international and domestic study opportunities; and special projects such as films, capstone or thesis art projects, and recording projects.Learn More about the Hixson-Lied Endowment
An Emphasis on Student Success
The Hixson-Lied College has a dedicated Student Success Center and Student Success Coordinator, Emily Griffin Overocker, who supports students with personal, academic and financial concerns and help connect them with appropriate resources.
Undergraduate students receive advising from faculty advisors. Our Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Jackie Mattingly, focuses on students, student diversity and inclusion, success, retention and advising.
We care about well-being of our students and promote wellness activities throughout the academic year.
Find Home in Lincoln
The Nebraska Value
Nebraska offers you one of the best value college experiences out there. Among the lowest tuition in the Big Ten; 65% of first-year Nebraska students receive institutional grants or scholarships.* Additionally, two-thirds of students recieve financial aid in the form of grants, work study, or loans. See how you get more for your investment here.
*National Center for Education Statistics
Let Us Help Fund Your Future
In addition to institutional grants or scholarships, over $1 million in scholarships is awarded annually to Hixson-Lied College students. All new Hixson-Lied College students who audition or submit a portfolio in the application process are eligible for scholarships through our college.