Start the journey to join our radiant community. The Admissions Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is here to help you cross the line. Here youíll find a list of what you need to submit. We encourage you to submit each piece as soon as it is available.

    Apply online at HERE to begin the admissions process.
    The Portfolio is one of the most important elements of the admissions process. It illustrates your artistic abilities and your potential to succeed at the college level. Your portfolio includes 8Ė10 pieces of your best original artwork should be selected so that it demonstrates your technical and creative abilities.

    Consider the following criteria when assembling your portfolio:
    • Show off your personal ideas and concepts.
    • Demonstrate your artistic and creative abilities and struggles.
    • Include self-motivated as well as class-oriented artwork.
    • Demonstrate your handling of a variety of media.
    • Your journals or sketchbooks are welcome.
  3. There are three methods to submit a portfolio:
    • A - Create an account on aac.slideroom.com and upload high-resolution images with a description of each image.
    • B - Attend an AAC campus open house and meet with an Admissions Counselor
    • C - Schedule an appointment with an Admission Counselor at (513) 562-6262
    You can request that your high school guidance office send your official transcripts to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. You should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Upon your high school graduation you should request a final transcript that states your high school graduation date. College transfer students should also submit all college/university transcripts in addition to your high school transcript.
  5. ACT/SAT Scores
    Reviewing your academic achievement and test scores is an important aspect of getting to know you as a future student. While these can be indicators of your future success, we do realize and support that each student is an individual and is unique in their academic standing.

    When registering for either exam please select the Art Academy of Cincinnati to receive your scores (ACT code is 5592, SAT code is 1002). If you are taking the exam more than once, we will accept the highest score for your record.

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer to the Art Academy of Cincinnati from another college or university should submit all items noted above, plus all college or university transcripts, to the Admissions Office. ACT/SAT scores are not required for transfer students.

Transcripts are evaluated by AAC Department Chairs and transfer credits recorded in your AAC credit audit. Transfer students are eligible for entrance scholarship awards based on portfolio merit.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati participates in articulation agreements with the colleges listed below. Please contact the Admissions Office or the Registrar for further details.

  • University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, OH
  • Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

International Students

In addition to the standard admissions items, international students must provide the following:

  1. An official high school transcript evaluation
    From an accredited evaluation service (such as World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, or Educational Credential Evaluators)
  2. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score
    Score requirements are 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test. International students currently living or studying in the United States may have the TOEFL waived after meeting with the Director of Admissions.

Upon acceptance to the AAC, an international student will be required to submit a $300 tuition deposit, a $200 fee to cover processing, and international postage. The student also must provide notarized bank documentation of funds in US dollars to support one year of study and living expenses at the AAC before an I-20 Form can be issued. Please consult the Admissions Office for current requirements, as they change annually.

Masters of Arts in Art Education

We arenít just passionate about art education; weíre obsessed by it. Our enthusiasm vibrates through our building. Our desire to create something powerful, to make a difference in the lives of our students, calls out from our studios and echoes through our halls.

This summer, focus on your education. Come study with our collective of die-hard creatives. Our low-residency MAAE Summer Program is designed to accommodate the schedules of working art and design educators. Earn your Master of Arts in Arts Education, 8 weeks at a time, in just 3 Summer breaks. Our studio-centered curriculum includes 18 credits of studio coursework, 9 credits of Art Education Seminar coursework and 6 credits of Art History coursework.

We know that art education isnít just your job, itís who you are. We know that art educators who are actively involved in making art, are more engaged teachers. In todayís educational climate, how can we promote and defend the importance of arts education unless we experience it for ourselves? Letís make something meaningful together!