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Future BFA

A college credit-granting portfolio prep program for high school students. 

Future BFA Pre-College

Future BFA is the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s (AAC) portfolio and college prep program for rising High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual art, design, or creative writing in college. For three weeks in July, students from across the country assemble on campus in the historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the Future BFA program, students take a college-level course based on artistic research and independent projects. As a result, FBFA students produce artwork, design, creatively write and develop their portfolios. In addition, FBFA Students grow in their understanding of themselves and their practice as an Artist and form long-lasting friendships with like-minded peers.

Upon successful completion of the Future BFA Pre-College program students will gain 3-college credits as a transferrable studio elective. 

The Art Academy of Cincinnati has the resources needed for student success, including student studios, state-of-the-art shops and labs, and collaborative centers for making art and making friends. With a course schedule that blends conceptual topics and technical skills, FBFA students learn in a studio-based environment and enjoy the freedom of independence as they choose the ideas, subjects, and world lens they wish to explore within their portfolio. In addition, program critiques, field trips, and celebrations act as milestones and keep students on track for success as they work to build on their talents and skills one art piece at a time.

Cost & Important Dates

Program Tuition
  • Commuter $700

    Parking pass availible upon request for $100

  • Residential $1300

    Housing cost of $600 is included in this price.

Important Dates

Registration Opens | November 27th, 2023

Early Scholarship Application Deadline | January 8th, 2024

Regular Scholarship Application Deadline | April 1st, 2024 

Program Dates | July 7th – July 27th, 2024 

Student Orientation & Residential Move-In | July 7th, 2024 

Course Dates | July 8th – July 26th, 2024

End of Program Exhibition | July 26th, 2024

Residential Move Out Date | July 27th, 2024 

Classes Occur 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday 
Studio Time is 4 pm – 10 pm Weekdays and 9 am – 10 pm on Weekends

Experience Campus Life

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. Some supplies are covered in tuition costs. An additional supply list will be provided after acceptanceinto the program.

Approximate cost: $300



The FBFA Pre-College application is to submit your interest in attending the Future BFA Pre-College program at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Registration is rolling and students are enrolled on a first-come first-serve basis until all student spots are filled. After you submit your application, it will be reviewed for completion and then you will receive notification to enroll by placing a $100 deposit to secure your spot in the program.

A portion of the application is focused on financial aid. If you wish to apply for a scholarship for the Future BFA Pre-College program, please complete all the necessary fields and respond to the prompted questions. Scholarships range from partial to full fellowships that cover the cost of tuition and housing. Scholarships are awarded for both merit and need-based financial aid.

Applicants to the Future BFA Pre-College program should be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior and in good academic standing with their High School. A personal interest in art, design, or creative writing is imperative as the program focuses on the development of a portfolio.



Scholarship Application

If the cost of the FBFA program is a barrier for participation, please complete the scholarship portion of the application. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit and are assigned to students through a review of their qualifications, and at the discretion of funds available.

Early Scholarship Application Deadline is January 8th, 2024

Regular Scholarship Application Deadline is April 1st, 2024 

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Classes are cancelled

January 25th, 2023

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