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New Animation Career Review rankings name NKU’s Graphic Design program as best in Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University’s Visual Communication Design program is the best graphic design program in Kentucky, according to new rankings released by Animation Career Review.

The latest rankings show NKU back in the top spot for the first time since 2020, up from No. 3 in the 2021 rankings. Rounding out the top five for the 2022 rankings are Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Murray State University, and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

“NKU Visual Communication Design is honored to be ranked as the No. 1 Graphic Design program in the state,” Brad McCombs, head of the NKU Art & Design program, said. “Our program advances the power of creativity and artistic excellence to communicate information and ideas. Our students are empowered to excel in their education and in life, to conduct scholarly research in the arts and design process to enrich our communities.

“The NKU campus, near downtown Cincinnati, allows our curriculum to engage students to world-class design firms, studios, cultural assets, and internship opportunities to launch their creative careers. We celebrate this award that highlights the phenomenal work of our Art & Design faculty, staff, and students.”

Animation Career Review, which has been publishing graphic design rankings since 2015, used six different categorical measures to determine its rankings: academic reputation, employment data, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and graduation rate. Click here for more information on the rankings criteria
More from the Animation Career Review: 
“Northern Kentucky University’s College of Arts and Sciences houses the School of the Arts (SOTA), which has a Visual Communication Design (VCD) Track within SOTA’s BA and BFA Programs. Both pathways consist of foundation courses and a variety of creative projects. SOTA students have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Fine Arts Center, as well as workshops, seminars and career development resources.” 
To learn more about the Visual Communication Design program at Northern Kentucky University, click here. 

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