This summer 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.

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Fine Arts Pathway offers an exploration of two-dimensional and three-dimensional concepts, mediums, tools, and applications necessary to the creation of quality artwork. The study of contemporary issues and theory equips the student with the ability to communicate effectively in the language of art and to investigate meaningful concepts of self-expression to produce an impactful Fine Arts portfolio.

Studios: Drawing, Painting, Print Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Performance, Mixed Media, Photography, Creative Writing, and More.

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.

Courses: Exhibition Studio, Ideation Studio, Discovery Studio, Voice Studio

Please email tommy.ballard@artacademy.edu for questions, details or assistance in applying.


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 across the main campus 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.

Residential students should plan to bring funds for their meal expenses, such as grocery shopping, or dining out. Dorms are equipped with a refrigerator, a kitchen, and a laundry washer and dryer. Recommended to bring groceries with you on Orientation Day. AAC does not provide meal plans.

Approximate cost: $300

A Parking Pass is available to purchase upon request for 100$ for the July session. Some supplies are covered in tuition costs. An additional supply list will be provided after acceptance into the program.


Future BFA prep program Scholarships are awarded on need and merit basis. Scholastic Key Awards qualify for a scholarship.

FBFA Students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance into our 4-year BFA program for their completion of the AAC Future BFA prep program. During the program FBFA Students complete a portfolio review process with an admissions counselor.

Program Tuition
Commuter: $700 | Residential: $1,260 (Housing = $560)

Important Dates
Program Dates | July 10 - July 30, 2022
Student Orientation & Residential Move-In | July 10, 2022
Course Dates | July 11 - July 29, 2022
Move Out Date | July 30, 2022

Classes Occur 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday
Studio Time is 4 pm - 10 pm Saturday - Sunday

Field Trips are scheduled
1 pm - 4 pm Fridays: Academic
10 am - 4 pm on Saturdays: Cincinnati Experience