Explaining our dual tracks:
The BA degree is the liberal arts degree requiring a minor outside art.
The BFA degree is the professional degree with emphasis areas in Applied and Fine Art Photography. These degrees are for students who want more specialization in Photgraphy. All students are urged to take any extra electives outside the art department to give them a breadth of knowledge.
Applied Photography tracks emphasize commercial, editorial, studio for capstone experiences. The Fine Art Photo track emphasizes personal work for capstone experiences.
Alum Shannon Smith, now teaching
in Tucson AZ. See more of her work
by clicking on the photo to the right.
Alumn Shannon Smith gives her insights on the value of her photo education at NKU.
ALL STUDENTS BEGINNING ARTO 210 MUST HAVE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES: A DSLR CAMERA AND A 500G EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. INSTRUCTION BEGINS IMMEDIATELY WITH NEED FOR THIS EQUIPMENT!
We offer a BA in Studio Art with emphasis in Applied Photography and a BFA in Studio Art with emphases in Fine Art Photography or Applied Photography. Non art majors can take an Area of Concentration in Photography by taking ARTO 210, ARTO 310 and three other 300+ level photography courses. Courses are taught by Barbara Houghton, Matthew Albritton and Chris Smith and a variety of excellent photographers joining us for single semesters.
We teach students in well-equipped digital labs, studios and with wet technology. Our students get a solid background in creative imagemaking, history, aesthetics, and strong technical skills for working in digital media while at the advanced level in wet processes in our small darkroom.
Our first ARTO 210 courses, students begin to work with digital technology to hone their skills, strengthen their vision and composition. Our strong digital courses give students ample background for the competitive field. We are current with all photographic practices.
"Attending NKU was a life changing experience for me. It was where I realized my artistic abilities thanks to the many talented, driven, inspiring professors who make up the art department. They want you to succeed, and be the best that you can be, and though at times it may be an overwhelming experience, in the end it is completely worth it. NKU not only prepared me for what lay ahead, but also made me aware that one must work hard in order to follow their dreams, and make them a feasible reality. I made some of my strongest friendships within the art department, not only with my fellow classmates, but my professors as well. They treat you as a peer, and that to me is what makes all the difference. Those four years were some of the best times of my life, and I wouldn't be where I am today without them."
Barbara Houghton, Power of Small Sins: She said that patent leather shoes reflect up your skirt.
Barbara Houghton, Professor
Matthew Albritton, from homes of the presidents project
Matthew Albritton, Assistant Professor
Chris Smith, from the Last Farmers in Southeast Indiana
Chris Smith, Instructor
Photo Students must have their own sturdy tripod
We recommend these:
Basic Model for beginning students
Manfrotto 190XB 58" height costing about $140.
Better Models for intermediate and advanced students
Manfrotto 055XPROB 70" height costing about $200;
Manfrotto 055XB 70" height costing about $167;
Tripod Head that tilts in 3 directions recommended for all of the above tripods
Manfrotto 804RC2 Basic Pan Tilt Head with Quick Release costing about $59.
See our Camera Recommendation page for direct purchase opportunities from Canon Education Representative.
OR click this link for on campus upload:
Barry Andersen, from Sea and Sky
Barry Andersen, Emeritus,
Daguerreotype from American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art shown at the Taft Museum.
Photography Program within the Department of Visual Arts at Northern Kentucky University. Located on the 4th floor of the Fine Arts Building with faculty offices in 406.