The Visual Arts program at Northern Kentucky University offers a unique and challenging opportunity for aspiring artists and designers who seek professional training in the visual arts. All programs of study share a fundamental commitment to the premise that for the next generation of creative artists and educators to face the challenges of the 21st century they must be equipped with the creative and intellectual tools to succeed. To this end, the faculty and staff of the Department of Visual Arts embrace a comprehensive hands on approach of working with materials and techniques while developing critical thinking skills related to the various visual arts disciplines, and studio training.

Our faculty is comprised of professional artists, designers and art historians who are committed to the teaching mission of NKU. They bring their creative and scholarly interests to the classroom and studio in ways that provide exciting and thought provoking ideas that both inform and challenge. I invite you to consider the opportunities for study in the visual arts at NKU as you browse our website.



Our award winning alumni, co-op opportunities, and excellent facilities within the learning environment of a metropolitan, liberal-arts university, make NKU an exceptional choice for college. Home to world class museums, galleries and networking opportunities, NKU can help jump start your career in the $760 billion arts economy.


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Incoming Freshman Scholarships

We are pleased to announce two Department of Visual Arts scholarships for our incoming freshman students. Students who are majoring in the Department of Visual Arts, and have officially applied at NKU may compete for scholarship support.
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Visual Arts & Campus Tours

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Shadow Program

Prospective students can attend class and have a free lunch on campus with a current student in their major. Please contact Candice van Lovern Geis to particpate in this program.

Candice van Lovern Geis
Lecturer II & Retention Specialist | 859.572.1521