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The continuing growth of computer-generated imagery in fields such as entertainment, game design, health, and other commercial industries offers individual opportunities to work in a creative and technical field. The coursework in this program covers key concepts in 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, and rigging, visual effects (VFX), game art, and animation. The program’s core emphasis is on the application of design thinking towards the development of motion & mechanics, rendering, user-experience, and compositing. Our majors receive intensive hands-on experience to boost their skill development in preparation for being responsive to industry needs, trends, and standards. Students will acquire a well-rounded education addressing important design principles, theories, and philosophies.  

Part of collaboration with Visual Art on Animation BFA.





Career Paths

Completion of a 3D Digital Design & VFX degree provides a solid user-experience foundation while allowing for digital media to be created for various output methods. Our students explore 3D modeling & animation, push the boundaries of immersive virtual production, and deliver cutting-edge content.

NKU prepares students for careers in areas such as:

  • 3D Modeling & Visualization
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
  • Digital Design
  • User-experience & Interface Design
  • 3D Animation
  • Game Art



3D Digital Design & Visual Effects Faculty

Program Leadership

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Sara Drabik, M.A.

Associate Professor
Program Head, Media & Journalism

GH 504A


Full-Time Faculty

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Nick Brummer, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice

GH 512

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Sunil Ketty, M.F.A, M.Ed

Assistant Professor

GH 412

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Ash Nieman, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

GH 428


Part-Time Faculty

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Robert Bodle

(859) 572-5436

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Eric Chatterjee

(859) 572-5436

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Phillip duBarry

(859) 572-5436

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Shanon Rice