Future BFA Prep

Future BFA Prep

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.

Choose Your Pathway

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.

Design Pathway offers a practice-based pathway built on the wide range of media art exploration using Design Thinking in theory and in practice by analyzing the space between society and technology. Students will develop a personalized aesthetic throughout to build a simple, but impactful Design portfolio.

Studios: Digital Literacy, Graphic Design, Dark Room Photography, Typography, Photoshop, Illustrator, 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.


Experience Campus Life

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 around the corner from the main campus building 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. When applying please
state your interest and need in a scholarship to participate in the AAC’s
Future BFA program.
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.

Program Tuition
Commuter: $700 | Residential: $1,200 | Virtual: $500
Remote Option: Login remotely and engage with AAC Faculty and Student Mentors through college-level art, writing, and design courses. Join in on virtual field trips, participate in student life events and meet individually with creative advisors about your vision and future.

Important Dates
Program Dates | July 11 – July 31, 2021
Student Orientation & Residential Move-In | July 11, 2021
Course Dates | July 12 – July 30, 2021
Move Out Date | July 31, 2021

Classes are held from 9 am – 3 pm. Mon-Fri. Studio Time,
Artist Visits and Field Trips in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Virtual Remote Experience

Live Video Sessions + Field Trips | Mon-Fri 11 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 3 pm
Virtual Student Life Events | Weekday evenings
Virtual Studio Visits | Open Schedule by appointment
Google Classroom + Google Meet Live Class Meetings

Experience Art Academy of Cincinnati, online this summer while developing your portfolio and discovering new ideas. Connect with fellow creatives in an inclusive, supportive and creative environment. Login remotely and engage with AAC Faculty and Student Mentors through college-level art, writing, and design courses. Join in on virtual field trips, participate in student life events and meet individually with creative advisors about your vision and future.
Over 3 weeks, and 5 online courses you’ll create an Independent Series of work while learning how to strengthen your portfolio, prepare for college, and expand your creative vision. Through the program you’ll gain experience identifying your artistic voice. Expand on the ideas, themes and mediums that you’re interested in while exploring new methods of making. Share your art in our Future BFA Digital Exhibition for our creative community of young artists, designers, and writers. Connect with new friends, current AAC students and Faculty, and explore Cincinnati’s art scene online with private tours of museums, galleries and creative institutions.