48 months
20464 USD/year
20464 USD/year
10208 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Visual Communication Design from Northern Kentucky University is the communication of information and ideas through visual representation. It is all around us. It touches our lives every day in forms such as packaging, web sites, advertisements, books, movie titles, logos, and signage, to name a few. 


Visual Communication Design from Northern Kentucky University is designed to develop each student as a creative, sophisticated visual communicator, an engaged design citizen, and a strong, critical thinker. Through a sequentially structured program and a wide variety of creative experiences, students develop their own individual style, career, and personal goals based on their strengths and interests.


  • Art Director
  • Art Lecturer/Visiting Scholar
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Organization Administrator
  • Book Illustrator, Technical/Production
  • Digital Imaging
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fabric and Textile Designer
  • Font Designer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Art: Renaissance Modernism
  • Computer Graphics for Design
  • Drawing 
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Typography 
  • Visual Communication Admittance Review
  • History of Art: Prehistoric through Goth
  • Photography 
  • Interaction Design for Visual Communication Design 
  • Painting 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete An Online Application
  • Pay the $40 Application Fee
  • Submit Password Photocopy
  • Submit Your Official Transcripts
  • Submit Proof of English Fluency
  • Request your ACT and/or SAT Test Scores to be sent to NKU

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10232 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    20464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10232 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5104 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Highland Heights

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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