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Graphic Design Program
Named Kentucky’s Best


July 29, 2019 —  Northern Kentucky University’s Graphic Design program leads the Commonwealth, according to Animation Career Review.

Housed in the School of the Arts, the program ranks first on the 2020 Top Kentucky Graphic Design Programs list. Animation Career Review, a free online resource for students aspiring for design-related careers, evaluated each program’s graduation rates and employment data, reputation and overall value to compile its list.

“Students in (NKU’s) visual communication design programs have access to labs and studio spaces with the latest versions of industry-standard software, including high-quality input and output devices,” stated Animation Career Review. “A letterpress facility honors historical processes where students can work out ideas for artist bookmaking, design and printmaking.” 

The visual communication design tracks at NKU are designed to develop each student as a creative, visual communicator. The program holds a variety of innovative experiences to support student’s strengths and interests while developing their style and career goals. Students in the program earn regional awards through the Cincinnati American Advertising Federation and Summerfair Cincinnati, as well as  national competitions.  

For more information about NKU’s School of the Arts, visit its website or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

About School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skillsets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. 

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit