Our Photography Program offers the most comprehensive in the area with top-of-the-line facilities and faculty. We teach our in well-equipped Mac labs with Adobe Cloud access for all students. We offer a range of classes that give students the most solid background in photographic thinking and technical approaches possible to build a toolbox of skills that will take them into the future.
Our Large Format Print Center is available for students to make prints from top of the line ink jet technology in sizes up to 44" on the shortest side. Trained student technicians assist students to realize in print what they see on their screen.
In our Studio, we train students to use lighting effectively and to learn best practices for commercial work in a very competitive field.
With the change in photography from analog to digital, we continue to offer film based opportunities as well as darkroom experiences.
Students can earn a BA in Studio Art/Photography or the selective BFA in Studio Art/Photography. Students earning the BA degree minor outside of Visual Arts to complete their requirements. BFA students' senior exhibitions are in our professional department galleries.
Photo program coordinator: Matthew Albritton
Study Abroad, Greece/Santorini
Senior BFA exhibition - Ian Abineri
Photo Doc project at Cincinnati Ballet - Jennifer Denham
Students in work room matting work for finals
BFA exhibit image - Spencer Sturr
Study Abroad, India
Senior Exhibition - Bharat - Leigh Wells
Studio Work - Spencer Sturr
Senior BFA exhibition - Sean Dunn
Large Format Print Lab
Interbrand Internship work - Jesse Fox
Senior BFA exhbition - Stephanie Hoffman
Matt Albritton's Camera Obscura on the plaza
Chad Schweitzer' senior BFA exhibition artist talk
Study Abroad - Spring Break London
Senior BFA exhibition - Leigh Wells
Senior BFA exhibitions in Main Gallery
Senior BFA exhibition - Josh White
Senior BFA exhibition artist talk - Emily Chiavelli
Recent BFA student graduate Colleen Donohoue
Large Format Print Lab
Senior BFA exhibition - Emily Chiavelli
Senior BFA exhibition - Jesse Fox
Laying out Senior BFA exhibition - Cassie Graves
Senior BFA exhibition artist's talk - Colleen Donohoue
Shelley Buechel on Australia Study Abroad course
Michael Keating and Matt Albritton printing Michael 'Nick' Nichols' big tree
Michael ' Nick' Nichols photographing Joel Sartore on stage at NKU
Michael ' Nick' Nichols FotoFocus 2014 lecture at NKU Photo
School children visiting the Michael 'Nick' Nichols' Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion exhibit for FotoFocus 2014
Michael ' Nick' Nichols and Joel Sartore talking to NKU Photo students
Joel Sartore's FotoFocus lecture describing the life of a National Geographic photographer at NKU Photo
School children visiting on field trip to see Joel Sartore's Photo Ark
"Photography has everything to do with raising the consciousness of the viewer. It has to do with making an image that has a deeper meaning for those who will look and who attempt to comprehend what they see. It has to do with reading the subject for what else it is. It has to do with the other that the subject suggests. It has to do with seeing and interpretation
What you use and how well you use it are secondary to what you are asking your viewers to see.
" Photography has everything to do with raising the consciousness of the viewer."
Photography is a puzzle of what is puzzling. The good ones make us think. Photography is what we use to clarify our perceptions of the world in which we live.
Photography is primarily about raising ones own awareness and raising the awareness for others to see.
Great photography is about consciousness.
Great photography is about something bigger than the subject shown.
Great photography is about illumination."
John Neel from "what makes a great photograph?" on LensGarden