7 Majors + 9 Minors*
BFA Majors:Creative Writing, Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture
*Minors: Art History, Film/Video/Audio + all majors can be taken as minors.
Explore and exploit the possibilities inherent in the collision of language and visual expression. Come face to face with the strange power of words to literally and literally re-make the world, as we know it.
An integrated education, Design is a fusion of fine art studio practices and liberal arts experiences all viewed through a contemporary design lens.
Immerse yourself in an environment that encourages an innovative definition of Painting and Drawing. Explore this dynamic, eclectic practice through realistic, abstract and/or non-objective subject matter.
Illustrators are excited by the surprising unpredictability of contemporary imagery in our media-driven world. Learn the language of visual communication while engaging in relentless experimentation.
Print Media invigorates traditional approaches with new technologies. Free from the confines of gallery walls, our students formulate their own language and declare the world as their canvas.
Study a unique breadth of traditional and cutting-edge photographic processes while diving into a blend of theoretical and real-world instruction.
Sculpture is a sensory experience. It can be touched, heard, smelled, tasted and even seen. Learn extraordinary processes that range from traditional casting, carving, and construction to the most radical contemporary spatial practices and interventionist strategies.
Film Video &
Learn essential technical and creative aspects of video production, all while immersed in the stunning backdrop of one of the Midwest's most beautiful downtown historic districts.
Art History Minor
Art History isn't the study of something long gone and finished, it's the study of the ways that the art of the past ripples through the present to the next big thing.
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 Film/Video/Audio minor encourages students to explore many of the most essential technical and creative aspects of video production, all while immersed in the stunning backdrop of one of the Midwest's most beautiful downtown historic districts, a location increasingly sought after by major motion pictures and high-end production studios.