How to Apply

How to Apply


Undergraduate

Start the journey to join our radiant community. The Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is here to help you cross the line. Here you'll find a list of what you need to submit for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Art Education applications.

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM

  1. THE APPLICATION 

    Apply online to begin the admissions process.
  2. PORTFOLIO REVIEW 

    The Portfolio is one of the most important elements of the admissions process. It illustrates your artistic abilities and your potential to succeed at the college level.
  3. Requirements

    • 2020 applicants submit 8-10 works

    Consider the following criteria when assembling your portfolio:

    • Original artwork
    • Show off your personal ideas and interests
    • Demonstrate your artistic, technical, and creative abilities
    • Include self-motivated as well as class-oriented artwork
    • Demonstrate your handling of a variety of media
    • Additionally, images of journal or sketchbook pages are encouraged

    Methods to Submit Portfolio

    2020 Applicants

    • Sign into your aac.slideroom.com account, select Bachelor of Fine Arts 2020 Portfolio Submission, and upload clear, high-resolution images.
    • Schedule an in-person portfolio review with an Admission Counselor at [email protected] or 513-562-6262.
    • Attend an AAC campus open house and schedule a portfolio review with an Admissions Counselor.
    • Attend a National Portfolio Day and have an AAC Admissions Counselor review your portfolio.
  4. HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT

    Please contact your high school guidance counselor to request that your official transcript be sent to the Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After your high school graduation you should request a final transcript that states your graduation date. College transfer students should also submit all college/university transcripts in addition to your high school transcript.
  5. Requirement

    • 2.0 or Higher Grad Point Average (GPA) or Higher

    Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

    Applicants seeking credit for Advanced Placement (AP) coursework must request scores be sent directly to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Please note that AP courses completed must also have a course equivalency within the Art Academy of Cincinnati BFA program in order to be accepted.

    Requirement

    • Exam score of 3 or Higher
  6. ACT/SAT Test (test-optional)

    Every application submitted to the Art Academy receives a holistic review. We realize and support that each student is an individual and is unique in their academic standing. One single item does not determine your admissibility.
  7. If you believe your test scores are indicative of your academic achievement, then we are happy to consider them during the application process.

    If you'd like to submit your scores, please use the codes below:

    • ACT School Code: 5592
    • SAT School Code: 1002
  8. PERSONAL STATEMENT (Optional)

    Please upload a personal statement detailing what you make, why you make it, and why it matters. You can touch on the media you use to create your work, but you should also spend time explaining the conceptual undertones of your work. For example, perhaps you use oil paint to make paintings that reference social media in order to begin a conversation about social preoccupation and reliance on digital culture. This statement is optional, but highly encouraged, as it will give us a better sense of who you are as an artist and insight into your creative process.

AAC Cincinnati Public Schools Full Ride Scholarship
The AAC offers a chance at a full ride scholarship for any CPS student.


TRANSFER STUDENTS

Students wishing to transfer to the Art Academy of Cincinnati from another college or university should submit all items noted above, plus all college or university transcripts, to the Admissions Office. ACT/SAT scores are not required for transfer students.

Transcripts are evaluated by AAC Department Chairs and transfer credits recorded in your AAC credit audit. Transfer students are eligible for entrance scholarship awards based on portfolio merit.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati participates in articulation agreements with the colleges listed below. Please contact the Admissions Office or the Registrar for further details.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

In addition to the standard admissions items, international students must provide the following:

Upon acceptance to the AAC, an international student will be required to submit a $200 tuition deposit, a $200 fee to cover processing, and international postage. The student also must provide notarized bank documentation of funds in US dollars to support one year of study and living expenses at the AAC before an I-20 Form can be issued. Please consult the Admissions Office for current requirements, as they change annually.


READMISSION TO BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM

  1. THE APPLICATION

    This application is for students who are reapplying for admission that were previously enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Do not submit an online portfolio, a representative from our Admissions Team will contact you regarding next steps after the application is submitted. Apply online to begin the admissions process.

  2. ACCEPTANCE FOR READMISSIONS AND EVALUATING PREVIOUS CREDIT FOR RE-ENTRY STUDENTS

    Students who leave the Art Academy of Cincinnati for a period of one year or longer will be required to follow the current catalog for degree completion. The students will need to re-apply for acceptance if they have been out of school for more than a year period. Students in this circumstance will need to apply through the Admissions office through the normal undergraduate admissions process. A full re-evaluation of previously earned credits will be conducted by the appropriate department chair to determine applicability to the current curriculum. Credit for discontinued courses may be applied toward the student's degree program if the content of such courses is consistent with current degree requirements and contemporary practices in art.

MASTERS OF ARTS IN ART EDUCATION

Accepting applications till May 15, 2020

  1. THE APPLICATION

    Apply online at HERE to begin the admissions process.
  2. PORTFOLIO REVIEW

    Schedule an in-person Portfolio Review with MAAE program Director, Keith Benjamin or upload to your account on aac.slideroom.com
  3. REQUIREMENT

    • 2020 summer applicants submit 8-15 works

    Consider the following criteria when assembling your portfolio:

    • Original artwork
    • Show off your personal ideas and interests
    • Demonstrate your artistic, technical, and creative abilities
    • Demonstrate your handling of medias you prefer to work in
    • Additionally, images of journal or sketchbook pages are encouraged
  4. ARTIST STATEMENT

    Your 500-word or more artist statement should provide a brief personal history, including your educational background and work experience. It should highlight your commitment to teaching and state your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree.
    • Please upload to your application
  5. UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT

    Please request the registrar from universities and/or colleges you attended to be sent to the Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
  6. REQUIREMENT

    • 2.0 Accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or Higher
  7. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

    One or two letters of recommendation should attest to your professional and scholarly experience. The letters should be mailed directly from your references to the Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. As this is optional it is highly encouraged.