The photography area at NKU prepares you for the world ahead. Whether you plan to attend graduate school or become a wildlife photographer, a business entrepreneur with a camera, a rock magazine visual journalist or an emerging New York artist, our program will help you develop the skills and techniques needed to set you apart from the rest of the photographers in the crowd.
Our faculty are professional educators and working photographers that provide the mentorship needed to tell your story and discover your own unique photographic path. Through their real world experiences in the commercial world, galleries, the street, and business, they’ll help give you a solid background in creative image making, photographic history, aesthetics, and a strong technical background. At the same time you'll learn how to make unique and personal work by integrating skills gained in our multidisciplinary art program.
The photography area features two complete teaching labs outfitted with Apple iMac computers that also serve as open labs for student use when not occupied by classes. The photography studio has dual bays and is outfitted with professional lighting from Profoto. Additionally, students can check out a wide variety of top-quality photographic equipment including lenses for both Canon and Nikon, mobile lighting kits, tripods, and Cintiq input tablets. The print lab that exclusively services visual arts students is outfitted with two sheet printers and two roll printers capable of producing the highest quality images from 4X6 inches to 4X6 feet and beyond. From capture to print, the photography area has the resources needed to help students realize their creative vision.
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 BS in photography entails a comprehensive art and photography core consisting of 63 credit hours. In addition, students will choose one of three specialization tracks in the form of integrated minors to complete the degree: a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies, Journalism, or Media Informatics. The minor is tailored to the specific needs of photography students and photography related careers. This approach gives students a broad skillset in photography as well as depth in a chosen career path.
The minor in photography is meant to give students an introduction to understanding photography. Students take a condensed version of the art foundations core along with introductory and advanced photography courses.
Through in-class demonstrations, students will learn the following technical skills:
• digital camera operation and control
• electronic flash operation, studio lighting, location techniques
• processing, organizing, compositing, and printing digital files
• mounting and matting photographic prints
• writing a research paper and creating a presentation
Through lectures and in-class critiques, students will learn the following conceptual elements:
• concepts in fine art photography including historic and contemporary practices
• the difference between the way things look in reality and the way it appears and takes on meaning as a photographic image
• a conceptual framework for looking at, talking about, and creating photographs
• how to edit a group of images to be presented as a portfolio
• communication of ideas through still imagery
• personal interests within the medium
Our alumni hold positions as faculty, editorial photographers, award winning visual journalists, national educational leaders, and filmmakers. They have been published in National Geographic, Cincinnati Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Unite Magazine, Business Courier, CityBeat, and many others. The 21st century multi-media explosion along with the emergence of the web, smart phones and digital tablets has created opportunities for photographers, 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 in photography will prepare you for...