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Drawing is a fundamental visual skill that combines imagination and rational thought.

On one hand drawing is a teachable, thoughtful, universal visual problem-solving skill. On the other hand, drawing can be a private, personal investigation shareable as an expression of art.

In drawing courses students are asked to familiarize themselves with the intuitive, emotional components of their thinking. Balancing this is the student's research and evaluation of different historic drawing styles. Old and new visual solutions are studied. Students may borrow techniques while working toward maturing their own drawing strategies.

Students are exposed to alternative drawing approaches. While developing hand and eye coordination through extensive live model drawing, students develop personal and universal metaphors. The essence of drawing encourages creativity through simple, immediate, conventional or unconventional skills based on visualization.

The goal of drawing is for students to acquire a new sensibility in their creative thinking and to explore, develop and convey that new sensibility.




The drawing studio in FA 415 offers our students over 2000 sq. ft. of ample space to practice the various methodologies of drawing. The studio has 20 ft. high walls, natural ceiling light, studio track lighting, and movable spot lighting. For figure drawing, a 6 ft x 6 ft raised model platform is provided that is movable. The studio contains four large sink basins, 25 drawing chairs, and 15 drawing easels. A small storage area for drawing boards is provided, and a large still life closet contains some 500 artifacts for drawing purposes. A mounted projector, screen, and desktop round out the contemporary drawing studio.

  • Drawing Studio: 2000 sq. ft. drawing studio with overhead studio and natural lighting
  • Advanced private studio facility for BFA and Advanced students in Drawing/Painting
  • Multiple Plaster casts for drawing and form analysis
  • Full Skeleton model for drawing and structure analysis

Checklists & Procedures

BFA • Drawing Track

The BFA degree is the nationally accepted professional degrees in art and design. These degrees carry a high level of expected growth and involvement on the student’s part. BFA students are not required to earn a minor outside of art and design, so spend more time studying in studios. Upon completion of 60 semester hours* in the university and 27 semester hours in art, majors who intend to apply for admission to the BFA degree option should register for ART 297 Portfolio Review. ART 297 Portfolio Review is the mechanism for faculty to review student portfolios so they may be admitted into the BFA program. All BFA majors are guaranteed a senior exhibition at NKU.


Minor • Art

The minor in art is meant to give students an introduction to understanding many of the disciplines in art and design. Students take a condensed version of the art foundations core and course electives from many of art disciplines of their choosing with the art minor.

Drawing Faculty

Marc Leone

Marc Leone
Associate Professor
Office: FA 303 | (859) 572-6012

Josie Love Roebuck
Josie Love Roebuck
Visiting Lecturer
Office: FA 332C | (859) 572-6945


Career Paths

Careers in art and design are ripe with opportunities. The 21st century multi-media explosion along with the emergence of the web, smart phones and digital tablets has created opportunities for designers and artists like never before. Business and cultural organizations across the planet need compelling visual content for these modern technologies. Combined with new tools such as 3D printing the creative class is helping to revolutionize our world. The drawing area will help the prepared, motivated student to earn employment in the following fields...



Art Consultant

Art Critic/Writer

Art Director

Art Historian, Art Law Specialist

Art Lecturer/Visiting Scholar

Arts Management

Art Supervisor

Art Teacher


Arts Organization Administrator

Auction House Assistant

Book Illustrator, Technical/Production

Comic Book Illustrator/Creator

Commercial Serigrapher/Silkscreener


Costume Designer

Curator - Corporate, Museum, University

Development/Grant Writer

Digital Imaging

Director of Visual Arts Program

Fabric and Textile Designer

Fine Arts Appraiser

Furniture Designer

Gallery Director


Master Printer/Print Studio Owner

Multi-media Designer/Artist


Museum Educator/Researcher



Portrait Painter

Professor of Art/Design

Restorer, Conservator

Scientific Illustrator

Technical Illustrator

Set Designer


Toy Manufacturer and Designer

Urban Graphics Designer

Visual Resources Curator

Web Designer, Webmaster