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Shadow Visit

Experience Art and Design First-hand


The Visual Arts Program offers a shadow experience for prospective students interested in studying in one of our many Visual Arts or Design Degrees. Prospective students can attend class and have a free lunch on campus with a current student in their major. A shadow visit usually take a week to arrange and can take place Monday-Thursday. These experiences are set up on an individual basis according to each prospective student’s degree interests and career goals.



"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

BFA Senior Exhibitions

A showcase of senior BFA student work.

Fall 2021: Nov. 18 – Dec. 10, 2021

Spring 2021: April 14-29, 2022





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

Universidad de San Francisco de Quito
Virtual Courses in Ecuador
Spring 2021





Paris + Amsterdam 2019

The Art & Culture of Paris & Amsterdam
Spring Program
May 15, 2019 – May 26, 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



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

Studio Arts 

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

Visual Arts Advisor

Visual Communication Design

Courtney McManus
FA 333 | (859) 572-7907