How to Apply

How to Apply

Your journey to joining our radiant community starts today. The Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is here to help you make your dreams a reality through generous scholarships, financial aid packages, and support. All you have to do is take the first step.

Click the buttons below for the following program you're interested in applying to. As you move through the application process, we encourage you to submit each piece as soon as you complete it. If you have any questions along the way, please email

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The Art Academy's undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts program is a four-year degree that will place you at the forefront of contemporary art and design. There are three steps in the BFA application process: 1. Application 2. Portfolio 3. Transcripts. Once those steps are complete, the admissions team can review your materials to determine admittance and scholarship amounts.

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Admissions Requirements

You can view all of our admissions requirements and policies in this excerpt from our Academic Catalog:


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The Art Academy is currently accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2021.

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Applicants need to submit 8-10 original works of artwork, design, or creative writing. Your portfolio can contain any combination of these media. Applicants should submit original work that demonstrates your personal ideas and interests along with technical abilities. Additionally, images of journal or sketchbook pages are encouraged.

There are several ways you can submit your portfolio:

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Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA to be considered for admittance.

While the Art Academy of Cincinnati accepts self-reported grades for high school, official high school transcript with graduation date and final GPA will need to be submitted by August 1 for fall applicants and January 1 for spring applicants. Any large discrepancy in GPA reporting could affect scholarship amounts.

If you have taken any college courses or have Advance Placement (AP) credit, official transcripts and scores will need to be submitted prior to transferring any credits, or an acceptance offer can't be made.

Official transcripts should be either be mailed to the Art Academy, Attn: admissions or emailed to


The Art Academy's undergraduate Associate of Science in Graphic design is a two-year program that provides a combination of Liberal Arts and Studio courses in the practice of graphic design.

Acceptance into the program involves the same requirements as the BFA: 1. Application 2. Portfolio 3. Transcripts.

Click here to learn about the Associate of Science in Graphic Design.


Students wishing to transfer to the Art Academy from another college or university should submit all items noted above:

  1. Application
  2. Portfolio
  3. Transcripts

Additionally, all official college or university transcripts, to the Admissions Office.

Official 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.


The Art Academy currently partners with Forest Hills Local School District for College Credit Plus Program.

There are three steps in the CCP application process: 1. Application 2. Portfolio 3. Transcripts. Once those steps are complete, the admissions team can review your materials to determine admittance.

If you are a high school teacher that is interested in partnering with AAC to bring College Credit Plus to your school, email Amanda Parker-Wolery at

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If you were previously enrolled at the Art Academy and have taken a leave of absence longer than one year, you will need to reapply for admission. Click the button below to apply.

In addition, students should resubmit their portfolio to reevaluate their entrance scholarship. Students applying for readmission do not need to submit official transcripts as long as you have not taken any additional college courses since withdrawing from the Art Academy.



At the Art Academy of Cincinnati, we believe diversity enriches our environment to produce modern thinkers while strengthening our creativity, practices, and campus culture.

Click here to learn about the international application process.


The Art Academy's low-residency summer graduate program accommodates the schedules of working art and design educators.

Click here to learn about the Master of Arts in Art Education application process.