Northern Kentucky University’s Graphic Design program leads the Commonwealth, according to Animation Career Review.NKU Graphic Design program ranks #1 for 2020 Top KY Graphic Design Programs.
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 (VCD) 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.
Recent VCD awards and accomplishments:
• VCD faculty are commissioned by regional and national organizations for their design work, which have included Bacardi, BLINK Festival, City of Covington, Häagen-Dazs, KnowledgeWorks, Kraft, NASA, P&G, Prudential, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and UC Medical. Their work has been published in prestigious, juried, industry venues, such as Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, Graphis, How Magazine, International Visual Identity Awards, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Rockport Publishers and Uppercase Magazine.
• VCD students regularly win awards at the annual Cincinnati ADDYs competition, including many Best of Show winners that have moved on to their national competition. They have also earned numerous, competitive, externally-funded scholarships and place in regional competitions such as Summerfair.
• Evangeline Bauerle (BFA 2006) was recently published on The Die Line for her design work on the Midol re-brand. The Die Line is a world-renowned package design blog and competition site. The project was also highlighted in Ad Week.
• Scott Dierna’s (BFA 2017) BFA senior capstone project, “Bramere italian Bakery,” was published in the Print Regional Design Annual in 2018.
• Lizzy (Achten) Dye (BFA 2012), was recently promoted to Design Director at Landor, Cincinnati.