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Art Academy of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH
University Website: www.artacademy.edu
Apply Online: https://www.aacsonisweb.com/studapp.cfm
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The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a private college of art and design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was originally founded as the McMicken School of Design in 1869, and was a department of the University of Cincinnati, and later in 1887, became the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the museum school of the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 1998, the Art Academy of Cincinnati legally separated from the museum and became an independent college of art and design. It currently offers four undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, and an Associate of Science in Graphic Design. It also offers a Master of Arts in Art Education, which is taught during summer semesters.

The Art Academy moved into its current facility at 1212 Jackson St. in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in August 2005. This move has been pivotal in the Over-the-Rhine revitalization and renovation as an arts district. The new facility provides 24-hour access for students with around the clock security. Students are guaranteed studio spaces in Junior and Senior years. The 12th and Jackson St. building also features an open air atrium, connecting two formerly separate buildings, enlarged classroom spaces, computer labs, a student commons area, lecture hall, and Learning Services Center. In 2008, the Art Academy facility received Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Green Building certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

AAC housing is required for out-of-town Art Academy freshmen at the Academy Housing Facility at the nearby corner of 12th and Vine streets. Spaces are also available to local freshmen. Twelve suites for 28 students are available each with fully equipped kitchens and with washer/dryer. A Resident Advisor is also available and lives on the premises. In 2008, the Academy purchased the 36,000 square foot building next to the Academy at 1201 Walnut Street. This brick building with cement decks and large windows is the perfect complement to the main building with growth potential for additional classrooms and studios. The AAC metal shop is located on the first floor of the Walnut Building.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $23,150.00 avg tuition

1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1706
(513) 562-6262

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Financial Aid:

Areas of Study:

  • Education
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Art Academy of Cincinnati

Applied 418
Admitted 156 37%
Enrolled total 65
Full Time: 63
Part Time 2
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT EBRW 460 600
SAT Math 400 500
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT English 20 25
ACT Math 17 23
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 71%
4-year graduation rate 20%
6-year graduation rate 24%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $23,150.00 $23,150.00 $23,150.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $380.00 $380.00 $380.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $965.00 $965.00 $965.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $10,285.00 $10,285.00 $10,285.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $935.00 $935.00 $935.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $6,000.00 $5,600.00 $2,600.00
Other Expenses $2,600.00 $2,600.00 $2,600.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $0.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,500.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 100%
Percent receiving grant aid 100%
Avg amount of grant aid $12,389.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 84%
Avg amount of student loan aid $5,551.00

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Art Teacher Education X
Art History, Criticism and Conservation X
Design and Visual Communications, General X
Drawing X
Graphic Design X
Illustration X
Painting X
Photography X
Printmaking X
Sculpture X

Art Academy of Cincinnati Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Anthony Munoz Scholarship $20,000 April 30, 2017

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