The discipline of printmaking requires that the student understand the breakdown of an image into it's components of line, surface, color, texture, and format. The printmaking area is focused on helping students use their experience to learn more about themselves, how they create and how they can make creating art a permanent part of their lives. Students will be expected to develop skill in the articulation and presentation of ideas, to develop the ability to speak clearly about their own art and the art of others.
Printmaking offers a studio environment where students can work communally, encouraging the sharing of ideas and technical skills. Printmaking discipline is particularly accommodating and open to students who work in other studio areas because of its many and diverse methodologies. Our studios include:
• State of the Art ventilation for a safe work environment
• Large open print studio with large windows and ample work tables
• Screen vacuum exposure unit, vacuum press, industrial power washer
• Large Brand 36 x 60 etching press, Praga etching press, Takach litho press
• Separate screen wash-out and exposing rooms
• Non-toxic processes used
• Drying racks and flat files for student work
• Spray booth
All students enter the Visual Arts Program as Bachelor of Arts (BA) candidates. Upon completion of the visual arts foundations program, 60 semester hours at NKU and 27 semester hours in art, many areas encourge students to apply for admission to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree track.
The BA is a general studies degree, teaching the student about visual arts from a broad point of view. Students have flexibility in what studio classes to take and can spend more time studying outside the visual arts while in college. 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 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.
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...