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The discipline of printmaking requires that the student understand the breakdown of an image into it's components of line, surface, color, texture, and format. The printmaking area is focused on helping students use their experience to learn more about themselves, how they create and how they can make creating art a permanent part of their lives. Students will be expected to develop skill in the articulation and presentation of ideas, to develop the ability to speak clearly about their own art and the art of others.



Printmaking offers a studio environment where students can work communally, encouraging the sharing of ideas and technical skills. Printmaking discipline is particularly accommodating and open to students who work in other studio areas because of its many and diverse methodologies. Our studios include:

  • State of the Art ventilation system for a safe work environment
  • Large open print studio with large windows and ample work tables
  • Two large vacuum exposure units, vacuum table
  • Large Brand 36 x 60 etching press, Praga etching press, Takach lithography press
  • Separate screen wash-out and exposing rooms
  • Non-toxic processes used
  • Drying racks and flat files for student work
  • Ventilated spray booth
  • Hollander paper beater
  • Vandercook SP15 letter press
  • RISO MF9450U Digital Duplicator
  • MakerBot Replicator + 3-D printer
  • Occipital Stucture 3-D scanner
  • Macintosh computer workstation, several Epson flatbed scanners, Epson 3880 wide format inkjet printer, HP 5200 wide format laser printer

Checklists & Procedures

BA • Studio Arts Track

All students enter the Art & Design Program as Bachelor of Arts (BA) candidates. Upon completion of the art and design foundations program, 60 semester hours at NKU and 27 semester hours in art, many areas encourage students to apply for admission to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree track.

The BA is a general studies degree, teaching the student about art and design from a broad point of view. Students have flexibility in what studio classes to take and can spend more time studying outside art and design while in college. This degree requires either a minor or an area of concentration outside of art and design, expounding upon the general studies thrust of this degree.


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.



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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. Here are possible paths your NKU Art & Design education will prepare you for...



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

Commercial Serigrapher/Silkscreener


Costume Designer

Curator - Corporate, Museum, University

Development/Grant Writer

Digital Imaging

Director of Visual Arts Program

Environmental Graphics

Exhibition Coordinator

Exhibition Designer

Fabric and Textile Designer

Fashion Photographer

Fine Arts Appraiser

Font Designer

Furniture Designer

Gallery Director

Graphic Designer - Advertising, Corporate


Master Printer

Print Studio Owner

Multi-media Designer/Artist

Museum Educator/Researcher


Portrait Painter

Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician

Professor of Art/Design


Restorer, Conservator

Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator


User Interface Designer

Urban Graphics Designer