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Virtually Visit with the Visual Arts Program


The Visual Arts Program normally offers a shadow experience for prospective students interested in studying in one of our many Visual Arts or Design Degrees. During this time of hybrid learning and social distancing, we are offering Virtual Meet-Ups through Zoom with current students and instructors. Virtual Meet-Ups usually take at least one week to arrange and can take place Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. These experiences are set up on an individual basis according to each prospective student’s degree interests and career goals. A Virtual Meet-Up may include a video tour of studio spaces on campus, discussing hybrid learning in the visual arts, viewing online learning tools, and talking about educational experiences at NKU before and during the pandemic. We hope to return to the traditional in-person Shadow Program as soon as students, faculty, and administrators feel it is safe to do so.



"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 visual arts."

Alumnus Shannon Smith gives her insights on NKU

Living Lab


A Window
Into Visual Arts



Visit our clickable, touchable, responsive virtual gallery and visual arts testing ground. It's a window into the rich mixture of artistry, creative production and ingenuity occurring all around the Visual Arts Program.  


Art Galleries

travel abroad

BFA Senior Exhibitions

A showcase of senior BFA student work.

April 18-May 3, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Reception: Thu, April 18, 5-7 p.m.



Fund Your Creativity

Students majoring in visual arts may compete yearly for scholarship support. Visual Arts offers portfolio based scholarships to both incoming freshman students and current students.

Study Abroad

travel abroad

Explore the World

Visual Arts encourages students to study abroad and explore the globe.

Upcoming Programs

The Art & Culture of
Paris + Amsterdam
May 2019





England + Ireland 2017

London & Dublin:
Two Capitals
Winter Program
Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018

Spain 2016


The Art, History
& Architecture of Spain:
Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona
Spring Break Program
March 11-20, 2016

Sri Lanka 2015


Art, Culture
& Social Justice
Summer Program
May 11-25, 2015



contact us

Visual Arts Office

Fine Arts Center 312
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
p: (859) 572-5421 | f: (859) 572-6501

Visual Arts Program Head

Brad McCombs
FA 312B | (859) 572-5562

Visual Arts Advisor

Candice van Loveren Geis
FA 330 | (859) 572-1521

Visual Communication Design Advisor

Courtney McManus
FA 333 | (859) 572-7907