Foundations is the underpinning preparation for all majors in the Art & Design Program. The intent of Foundations is to provide beginning art students with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to continue an education that will help them realize their aspirations in art and design.
The Foundations curriculum enriches the studio experience through research and documentation of issues related to contemporary art practice. It offers activities that reinforce critical thinking, writing, and verbal articulation skills. Involvement in these activities inside and outside of the classroom will lend context and relevance to the art making process, as well as enhance students' awareness of themselves and the world around them.
ART 130 Creating Visual Form (3 credits)
To enhance the perception of visual form through observation, translation, and documentation using a variety of media. Emphasis on physical craft and skills of fabrication.
Co-requisites: ART 135 and ARTH100
ART 135 Creating Visual Order (3 credits)
Exploration of the visual elements and principle of art and design; investigation of basic skills, concepts, terminology, and processes for two-dimensional and three-dimensional art making. Emphasis is on personal organization, goal setting, craft, and time management.
Co-requisites: ART 130 and ARTH 100
ART 140 Building Meaning in Visual Art (3 credits)
Exploration of Idea development. Lectures/ presentations of how worthy ideas and a personal artistic voice are developed via visiting artists, research of contemporary artists and concepts of art and design, and attending exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Co-requisites: ART 130, Art 135 and ARTH 100
Upon completion of the Foundations Core at NKU students majoring in the Art & Design Program will:
The Art & Design Program offers Bachelor of Arts degrees (BA) in Visual Communication Design, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art or a BS in Photography.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees are offered in: Animation, Art History, Drawing, New Media Art, Painting, Photography, Spatial Arts (Ceramics + Sculpture), and Visual Communication Design. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are offered upon passing the Portfolio Review (Art 297) which is encouraged for students at the end of sophomore or beginning of junior year.
Minors in Studio Arts, Photography, Spatial Arts (Ceramics & Sculpture) and Art History are also offered in Art & Design. Current program majors cannot pursue minors in Art & Design.
A Focus may be pursued by Non-Art Majors which include completion of 12 upper-division credits in courses with the same prefix. Students cannot mix course prefixes to complete an Area of Concentration.
For a full-time traditional student (non-transfer) a BA degree can be earned in four years of study. In order to graduate in four years, students must dedicate themselves to successfully completing 5 classes every fall and spring semester. This amount of work is necessary to fulfill university graduation requirements of 120 total credits earned and 45 of those credits must be at the upper-division level (classes listed at the 300-400 level). Students with a BA in Studio Arts, Art History, and Visual Communication Design are required to complete an area of concentration or minor outside of the Art & Design Program.
The BA in Art Education is designed as a five-year degree. Students pursuing a BA in Art Education are admitted as pre-majors and must apply to the College of Education after 48 hours earned at the university and successful completion of the Praxis I exam. BA Art Education majors are not required to earn a minor or area of concentration outside of art.
The BFA Studio Arts degrees are designed for a four-year course of study. In order to graduate in four years, successfully completing 5 classes every fall and spring semester. Students pursuing any BFA degree are only admitted after a successful Portfolio Review (Art 297). It is important to select a desired degree path early (beginning of sophomore year) in order to continuously progress with studio courses in the students desired area of study.
The BFA in Visual Communication Design typically takes 4.5 years to complete the degree. The Visual Communication Design Capstone is only offered in the fall semester.
For transfer and part-time students an individualized timeline can be created upon meeting with an advisor. Visual Communication Design and some studios in other areas are only offered during particular semesters. Thus, students must be aware of rolling course offerings when creating an estimated graduation timeline.