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Art Academy of Cincinnati

Just over 200 students attend this urban campus near the heart of downtown Cincinnati, a vibrant city that offers plenty to do. Students can choose among four different concentrations including Fine Arts, Communication Arts, an Art History and Museum Studies emphasis, and Graphic Design.

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Just over 200 students attend this urban campus near the heart of downtown Cincinnati, a vibrant city that offers plenty to do. Students can choose among four different concentrations including Fine Arts, Communication Arts, an Art History and Museum Studies emphasis, and Graphic Design.

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We may be small, but our commitment is big. It's the same commitment our students make to themselves: to make the best art they can. The Art Academy of Cincinnati has kept that commitment since 1869, building a rich tradition of innovation and excellence in the visual arts.

The Art Academy is one of the smallest four-year art colleges in the country, and that's one of our greatest strengths: It means our students really get to be themselves. They receive individualized attention from faculty, the freedom to develop their personal vision, and a unique opportunity to carve out their identity.

At the Art Academy of Cincinnati, we believe that the arts are a promise of something more. Something that can take you anywhere and transform you into anything. Pursued with passion and discipline, the study of art and design can lead to the best you possible — stimulated by knowledge, creativity and curiosity.

Mission Statement

Mission: To create and sustain radical, forward-thinking, contemporary visual artists and designers whose creative contributions make a substantial difference in all the lives they touch. Vision: To be the most celebrated, relentless, rebellious, cutting-edge and radiant community of artists and designers anywhere, at any time—the seers, the radicals, the innovators, and creative professionals who establish the rules that the future will follow.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 207
Gender 43% Male / 57% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 94% Full Time / 6% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 45% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 90%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $250.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

51% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring learning center study skills assistance writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: three art galleries, studios for students
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration visiting/exchange student program independent study internships student-designed major double major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (27%), Painting (19%), Photography (16%), Design and Visual Communications (11%), Drawing (11%), Printmaking (8%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Curators
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions through representation by lines made on a surface. Includes instruction in eye-hand coordination; line, value, shape, and perspective; figure and still life drawing; the use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and brush; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Administration & Faculty

Marketing Specialist Amanda Parker-Wolery
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 8
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 87 : 12
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions
Email
  [email protected]

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 25.5% accepted of 518 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 24
English19 - 24
Math16 - 22
 
SATMath430 - 570
Reading470 - 540
Writing450 - 530

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Interview, Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Important: Application Essay, Academic GPA

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Character Personal Qualities, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Math 0 3
Science 0 2
English 0 4
Social Studies 0 1

Other Application Information: All SAT Scores Required for Review SAT or ACT

Deadlines

June

30

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $19,340 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $14,027
$30K-$48K $17,974
$48K-$75K $18,860
$75K-$110K $21,879
$110K+ $21,235

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $23,950, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $23,950 Same as On-Campus
Fees $380 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,700 $6,300
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total (before financial aid) $34,530 $32,130

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 84% $6,125
Federal Scholarships/Grants 45% $3,556
Institutional Grants 100% $11,074
Other Federal Grants 5% $800
Other Loans 5% $6,300
Pell Grants 45% $3,462
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 18% $2,280
Student Loans 84% $6,519

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.artacademy.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial_aid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://artacademy.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

53% of students graduated on time.

53% of students graduated in six years.

71% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Art Academy of Cincinnati include:

  • Charley Harper - Charley Harper was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
  • Jim Flora - James "Jim" Flora, best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Frank Duveneck - Frank Duveneck was an American figure and portrait painter.

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