Art does not happen in a vacuum. Art history is no different. Art history should be an interdisciplinary field of study wherein understanding works of art requires more than memorizing images. Literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, to name a few, all bear on the study of the arts. Therefore, the history of art is not to be limited to the study of styles and aesthetics. Instead, art history is concerned with the convergence of form and idea within cultural and historic contexts.
Learning to see has relevance for every other field of study and is paramount in the study of art history. For this reason the skills of looking, analyzing and thinking critically are stressed in art history. The art history faculty represents diverse areas of expertise that complement each other, providing students with varied offerings and different, scholarly approaches.
Nearby museums in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, and Louisville offer - both in their permanent collections and through special exhibitions - opportunities to experience firsthand works from the cultures and countries mentioned above.
State of the art smart classroom. University membership in “artstor” the largest repository of digital images perhaps in the world. The Artstor Digital Library provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with contributions from outstanding international museums, libraries, photographers, scholars, archives, artists and artists' estates.
The BA is a general studies degree, teaching the student about design from a broad point of view. This degree requires either a minor or an area of concentration outside of the visual arts, expounding upon the general studies thrust of this degree.
The BFA degree is the nationally accepted professional degrees in visual arts. 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 the visual arts, 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.
The Art History discipline offers students the opportunity to examine the visual arts in context with its historical, cultural and religious roots. The minor is meant to give students an introduction to understanding visual literacy and is very much like detective work; we sift for clues and draw conclusions; learning about artists, artworks and life.
The discipline of art history offers rich panoply of skills (both cognitive and technical) that can enhance student’s potential in many career choices as well as enriching their lives deeply. Careers in the visual arts are ripe with opportunities. Here are possible paths your NKU Visual Arts education will prepare you for...