6 Majors + 8 Minors*
BFA Majors: Design, Illustration, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture
*Minors: Art History, Creative Writing + all majors can be taken as minors.
The Art Academy of Cincinnati grants a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree upon satisfactory completion of all studio and liberal arts requirements. All first-year BFA students begin with two semesters of studio arts courses. The intensive nature of these courses prepare the student to move into a studio area of special interest unique to their specific discipline regardless of major. The Studio Arts program provides sufficient breadth to allow the student the opportunity to investigate various media and personal expression while providing depth in preparation for their chosen major specialization beginning in the sophomore year.
In addition to their studio work, students at the AAC take a variety of required and elective liberal arts courses. From the natural and social sciences to art history and the humanities, these courses not only support, but help drive a student’s artistic practice by emphasizing critical thinking, creative writing, and historical research, while instilling a curiosity about the diverse cultures and values that shape the contemporary world in which we live.
The Art History minor offers students who want to study the broader historical implications and significance of art an opportunity to draw on the past as a way to connect it to the present and the future.
The Creative Writing minor gives students who have an interest in the art of writing—or in language as a material, artistic medium—a way to make poetry, storytelling and other forms of written expression a fundamental part of their BFA experience.
The AAC will be rolling out new majors for Film & Video, and Animation.