Teachers and Counselors

Since 1869, the AAC has been the place in Cincinnati and the Midwest region for talented art students to further their studies in the visual arts and design and to develop their creative visions. We've grown from our early roots as a museum school, into a center of contemporary art and design we've grown into today, the AAC is an institution dedicated to preparing our students to be innovators in an ever-changing global landscape.

We are so proud to be a cultural cornerstone in the vibrant creative community of Cincinnati. Our location in the heart of our city - near the headquarters of some of the most respected global creative organizations and agencies our area has to offer - provides a kinetic backdrop and a source of constant inspiration for our students.

We'd love to share the Art Academy with you.

  • Want an AAC admissions counselor to speak to your students and/or high school academic advisor?
  • Interested in scheduling a classroom or art club field trip to our campus?
  • Have questions about our BFA or MAAE programs, admissions requirements or portfolio review process?

Please contact admissions at
513-562-6262 or [email protected]


The AAC is an independent college of art and design accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), and by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). We are a longstanding member of AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and The Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GCCCU) and we host Cincinnati Resource Center of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).


The Art Academy of Cincinnati offers three unique degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Arts in Art Education
  • Associate of Science in Graphic Design

All programs focus on inquiry, exploration, and originality to help each student realize and unlock their creative potential and develop their own individual artistic vision and voice. We also offer a +B Distinction that collects and synthesizes professional training to increase confidence in a student's preparedness for their career as a creative professional.

Along with all our higher education opportunities, we have several Community Education classes including a 3-week intensive Summer Portfolio Preparation program for High School students who are preparing for a college-level art program.