The new media art area is designed for students who want to explore areas such as electronic art, robotic art, installation or experimental video while encouraging the mixing of various media that have a time or technological component.

New media art utilizes the element of time with a strong intersection of technology and media that often involve interactivity and exploration of cultural concepts. The curriculum includes working at the frontiers of art, science, and technology, through hands-on learning techniques, with critical and creative thinking skills to understand the contemporary world and to create works of art that explore its workings.




New Media Art area has a hybrid studio/computert lab, FA 305 which is equipped with 21 Mac Pros and HD cinema Dsiplays an overhead video/computer projector and a 3D printer.  A second digital lab serves as an open lab for advanced New Media Art students.  The New Media Art area is at the cutting edge of technology and cinematography with studios to explore advancded production technices, post production editing and interactive robotics. 

New Media Art will prepare students for graduate school, for contemporary art practice as an independent artist and for careers in the creative technological fields such as film, videography, computing, or installation/exhibition design.


  • Advance Studio Space and Computers for BFA majors
  • Cutting Edge Equipment for checkout
  • Industry Leading Software
  • Computer Lab with Mac Pros
  • HD Cinema Displays
  • Interdiscplinary
  • Robotics Lab
  • 3D Printer
  • Projectors for check out



    BFA • New Media Arts Track

    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.  



    MINOR • Art

    The minor in art is meant to give students an introduction to understanding many of the disciplines in visual arts. Students take a condensed version of the art foundations core and course electives from many of art discplines of their choosing with the art minor.



    Brad McCombs

    Brad McCombs
    Associate Professor
    Office: FA 312C
    mccombsr1@nku.edu | (859) 572-5562



    Careers in the visual arts 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 Visual Arts 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

    Foundry Owner/Operator

    Furniture Designer

    Freelance Photographer

    Gallery Director

    Graphic Designer - Advertising, Corporate


    Master Printer/Print Studio Owner

    Model Maker

    Multi-media Designer/Artist


    Museum Educator/Researcher

    Package Designer, Product Designer

    Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker

    Portrait Painter/Sculptor

    Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician

    Photography Lab Technician

    Professor of Art/Design


    Restorer, Conservator

    Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator

    Special Effects Artist

    Set Designer


    Toy Manufacturer and Designer

    TV/Video/Film, Cinematography

    User Interface Designer

    Urban Graphics Designer

    Visual Resources Curator

    Web Designer, Webmaster