BFA Requirements, Dates & Deadlines

Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship awards are offered on an ongoing basis to students accepted to the Art Academy BFA program.

To compete for scholarships for the 2016 academic year, you must submit your portfolio via, CD, or visit, as well as the other admissions requirements. All interested students are encouraged to gain acceptance to the BFA program at the earliest possible date to receive earlier scholarship notification. Initial scholarship range can be determined with the submission of your portfolio alone. Admissions requirements can be submitted separately over the course of the application process.

Important Dates

May 1, 2016 - Tuition Deposit Due
To reserve your space in the incoming Fall 2016 class, you must submit a $300 tuition deposit by May 1, 2016. If you do not gain admission until after May 1, your deposit is due four weeks after acceptance.

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June 21, 2016 - Deadline for Housing Agreement / Deposit
All first-year students who live outside the Greater Cincinnati area are required to live in AAC housing. Other students may apply for AAC housing on a space-available basis. If you are accepted to live in the Art Academy housing, you must provide a $250 deposit along with the Housing Agreement by June 21 to hold your space. If you are accepted to the BFA program after June 21, the housing deposit and agreement are due two weeks after acceptance. The Housing Deposit may be paid via check or Visa / Mastercard.

To learn more about Art Academy Housing and to download the required forms and agreement, please click below.

BFA & Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Art Academy’s undergraduate program, you must present the following.

  • an application
  • your portfolio
  • your high-school transcript and test scores

Your portfolio demonstrates your potential to succeed as an artist in our program. For information about the Art Academy’s Portfolio Prep courses, click here.

The portfolio should contain 8 to 10 pieces of your best original artwork. It is suggested that you consider the following criteria when creating your portfolio:

  • works that demonstrate your artistic and creative abilities
  • works that demonstrate personal ideas and concepts
  • works that have been created in classes as well as self-driven works from outside of classes
  • works that include a variety of media
  • works that demonstrate your commitment as an artist

Oftentimes, a student may feel that their portfolio is not complete or ready to present for a review. We know that this can be a huge step for you as an artist and that you'd like everything to be just right. But as an artist, it's important for you to receive feedback and advice on your work, and to be really open to the suggestions offered. This will ultimately help you to create stronger work and therefore build a stronger portfolio. We encourage you to submit your portfolio as early as possible, especially if you are a senior! Our admissions counselors and faculty reviewers are eager to see your work and offer their support and constructive suggestions

The preferred methods of submitting your portfolio is by upload at or presented in person during an Open House or National Portfolio Day or during an individual campus visit. Please call 513-562-8740 to schedule a visit.

Your academic transcript must be mailed directly to the Art Academy by your high school. Test scores must be mailed directly from the testing service. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 high school grade-point average and score 400 or higher on all three subsections of the SAT, or have a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT.

Prospective students seeking credit for Advanced Placement (AP) coursework must request scores be sent directly to the Art Academy. An exam score of 3 or higher is accepted and appropriate credit given. Please note that AP courses completed must also have a course equivalency within the Art Academy BFA program to be accepted.

Applicants who meet portfolio requirements can be admitted on a conditional basis if they have a grade-point below 2.0, or if they have a score below 400 on any subsection of the SAT or a composite score below 20 on the ACT. Students who earn conditional acceptance spend their first semester at AAC on academic probation. If they earn at least a 2.0 in the first semester, the probation is lifted.