Partnerships & AIGA

The Art Academy hosts the AIGA Cincinnati Center for Design


AIGA, the professional association for design, has over 70 chapters across the country, Canada and abroad. Its national membership includes more than 25,000 design professionals, educators, and students. The AIGA Cincinnati Chapter serves as a meeting place for professional and student member groups, offering professional development programs, events, and other resources for its members. All of these are available to AAC students.

In 2008 the Art Academy established its own student group of AIGA, which is open to any AAC student. AIGA campus groups are designed to get students involved in the local design community, and help them build skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

The Art Academy supports student membership in AIGA Cincinnati by paying for a portion of each studentís membership fees.

Learn more about the student groups and programs by visiting:

New York Studio Residency Program

The Art Academy of Cincinnati as a charter member of AICAD, actively participates in the consortium's New York Studio Residency Program.  Each year, two Art Academy students head to New York City for a semester. The students earn 15 credits, get plenty of studio time, and immerse themselves in one of the world’s largest and most vibrant art communities.

Students apply to participate during their sophomore year, and AAC’s full-time faculty evaluate the applications and choose the recipient(s) of this honor. The semester in New York takes place during the third year.

Only 2 students may attend during an academic year. (AICAD restrictions)

Application requirements:
Letter of Application to Fine Art and Communication Art Chairs
Jury by studio faculty
GPA- 3.0 or greater cumulative average
Interview with Student Counselor- Dabby Blatt
Interview with Financial Aid - Kris Olberding
Interview with Registrar- Sue Hutchens
Interview with Advisor
Students pay AAC tuition.