The Department of Visual Arts is a community of students and teachers committed to the advancement of creative expression and scholarly research in the visual arts. The faculty and staff place a high value on innovation, experimentation, and critical thinking as the cornerstones of a professional studio education.

We provide comprehensive training in the visual arts, art history and art education within the learning environment of a metropolitan, liberal-arts university. The average advanced studio class has an average 10:1 student to faculty ratio.

With enrollment at over 400 students, the Department of Visual Arts is one of the most rapidly expanding programs at NKU and currently ranks as the largest undergraduate visual arts program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Students enter the Department as Bachelor of Arts candidates in the following areas:

All students wishing to major in the studio arts, graphic design, art history or be certified in art education have two options, the BA or the BFA.

Art Minor

The Art Minor is meant to give students an introduction to understanding disciplines offered in the department. Students take a condensed version of the art foundations core and course electives from any of the art programs.