Future BFA Preparation Program

AAC's Future BFA prep program is an opportunity for you to build your portfolio, explore your interests, and develop artistic skillsets to prepare for college review. Find your artistic voice while creating with your peers and professional artists and designers through interdisciplinary studios and creative challenges. As a Future BFA student, you'll prepare for college portfolio reviews while honing in on your own artistic vision and style. Enjoy your summer on our historic Over-the-Rhine campus and experience what it feels like to be an artist, designer, and student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

AAC's Future BFA is a portfolio prep program for incoming high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in getting their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art or design. This 3-week summer intensive gives students a chance to get their first experience of art school in an innovative, inclusive, and supportive environment. Combining technical and concept-driven studio classes students will be exposed to a variety of media, ideas, and creative challenges

Equipped with advanced studios, shops, and labs students are able to discover more about themselves, their art, and develop a comprehensive portfolio for college review. A wide range of faculty members and studio mentors with diverse expertise guide students through innovative courses and reviews. All students are provided with shared studio space to create after class and are taken outside of the studio to interact with social practice projects, the city of Cincinnati, and behind the scene tours of local museums and contemporary art galleries.

Choose between 2 interdisciplinary Pathways:

In combination with a chosen Pathway, students will take conceptually-based First Year courses where they can develop their portfolio with a variety of self-chosen media.

First-Year Courses

Program Details

Open to incoming Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Recent Graduates

Program Date and Time: July 5th - July 25th, 2020

July 5th

July 6th - July 24th

July 24th

July 25th

Classes are held from 9 am - 4 pm. Mon-Fri

Studio Time, Artist Visits and Field Trips in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Program Tuition:

Commuter: $700

Residential: $1,200

Accommodations & Meals

Students can choose to be a residential student or commuting student. Residential accommodations are located in AAC's loft-style dorm rooms that include the latest modern amenities for student living, located around the corner from the main campus building on Jackson Street. The residence hall is monitored 24/7 by trained Residential Advisors and Security. The main campus is open to all Future BFA students during evening and weekend hours for studio and lab use.


How to Apply?

  1. Fill out the application, submitting up to 5 images of current art, design, or creative writing work.
  2. Register, and submit your deposit.

Please email tommy.ballard@artacademy.edu or call 513-562-6261 for questions, more details or assistance in applying.