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Shadow Visit

Experience Art and Design First-hand


The Art & Design Program offers a shadow experience for prospective students interested in studying in one of our many Visual Arts or Design Degrees. Prospective students can attend class and have a free lunch on campus with a current student in their major. A shadow visit usually take a week to arrange and can take place Monday-Thursday. These experiences are set up on an individual basis according to each prospective student’s degree interests and career goals.



"Attending NKU was a life changing experience for me.
It was where I realized my artistic abilities thanks to the many talented, driven, inspiring professors who make up visual arts."

Alumnus Shannon Smith gives her insights on NKU

Living Lab


A Window
Into Art & Design



Visit our clickable, touchable, responsive virtual gallery and art & design testing ground. It's a window into the rich mixture of artistry, creative production and ingenuity occurring all around the Art & Design Program.


Art Galleries

BFA Senior Exhibitions

A showcase of senior BFA student work.

Fall 2022: Nov. 23-Dec. 9, 2022

  • Reception: Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Spring 2023: April 13-28, 2023

  • Reception: April 20, 5-7 p.m.





Fund Your Creativity

Students majoring in visual arts may compete yearly for scholarship support. Art & Design offers portfolio based scholarships to both incoming freshman students and current students.

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Study Abroad

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Explore the World

Art & Design encourages students to study abroad and explore the globe.

Upcoming Programs

Universidad de San Francisco de Quito
Virtual Courses in Ecuador
Spring 2021


Paris & Amsterdam 2019

The Art & Culture of Paris & Amsterdam
Spring Program
May 15-26, 2019

England & Ireland 2017

London & Dublin:
Two Capitals
Winter Program
Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018

Spain 2016


The Art, History
& Architecture of Spain:
Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona
Spring Break Program
March 11-20, 2016



contact us

Arts & Design Office

Fine Arts Center 312
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
p: (859) 572-5421 | f: (859) 572-6501

Art & Design Program Head

Brad McCombs
FA 312B | (859) 572-5562

Art // Studio Arts Advisor

Candice van Loveren Geis
FA 330 | (859) 572-1521

Design // VCD Advisor

Visual Communication Design (VCD)

Courtney McManus
FA 333 | (859) 572-7907