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Art Academy of Cincinnati



Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


The Art Academy of Cincinnati began as a museum school over 100 years ago. The small, independent art and design college enrolls about 200 students in five degree programs: three bachelor's of fine arts (in fine arts, communication arts and art history); an associate of science in graphic design; and a master's degree in art education.

The art academy is located in Cincinnati, a city of approximately two million people with a supportive art community that includes the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, two Omnimax Theaters, the Contemporary Dance Theater, the Carnegie Art Center in Northern Kentucky, the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet Company, along with many museums, galleries and studios. The Cincinnati Art Museum, one of the country's largest museums, is also a close neighbor.

The Communication Arts program helps students develop strong visual communication skills, research experience and refined verbal and oral communication skills as they master the tools and media necessary to thrive in careers in graphic design, illustration, photo design and multimedia design. Advanced courses use internships, an in-house design service and client-based assignments to expose students to real-world working experience.

Quick Facts:

  • Every year the Art Academy of Cincinnati conducts community education classes for more than 2,500 kids and adults, including Camp Art Academy, pre-college courses and the Visual Art Outreach program, which serves the Cincinnati Public Schools and other organizations in the area.

  • The art academy relocated recently, moving into a newly renovated 120,000 square-foot space in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood where students, faculty and staff can engage more easily, forging a stronger sense of community.

  • The River City Works sculpture studio features a wood shop, metal shop and hot glass facilities, in addition to individual studios for sculptors.

  • The Art Academy of Cincinnati is home to three galleries: the Pearlman Gallery, the Chidlaw Gallery and the Convergys Gallery.

  • The Art Academy of Cincinnati confers an Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design through an accelerated two-year program that prepares students for entry-level design positions.
  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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