Art Academy of Cincinnati 
1125 Saint Gregory Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 721-5205 or 
(800) 323-5692 
FAX: (513) 562-8778 

men 97/women 117 
Graduate School: 
men 4/women 19 

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$300 (Student Activities) 
$1,200 (Materials & Books) 

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In the late nineteenth century, when Cincinnati was a gateway to the West and an important center of cultural activity, the Art Academy was founded. The American painter, Frank Duveneck was Dean of the school and he attracted important artists to work and study here, including Elizabeth Nourse, Clement Barnhorn, John Twachtman, Joseph DeCamp and Robert Henri. Throughout this century the Art Academy drew such artists as Josef Albers, Ralston Crawford, Charley Harper, Malcolm Grear and Petah Coyne to learn and to teach. Now after 128 years, at the center of a vibrant metropolitan area of almost two million people, the Art Academy of Cincinnati continues as a leader in visual arts education recognized for its faculty of distinguished, artists, designers and scholars. The focus of the Art Academy's degree programs is to take the traditional approaches of the past century and combine them with the issues and technologies of our own day. 

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Art Academy of Cincinnati  
1125 Saint Gregory Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Art Academy of Cincinnati
Painting Class 

College Description 
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a professional college of art and design affiliated with the Cincinnati Art Museum. For nearly 120 years, the Art Academy of Cincinnati has been an established and respected institution for the education of visual artists. Located primarily in Eden Park, a 184 acre metropolitan park five minutes from downtown Cincinnati, the Art Academy's location is ideal. The beautiful park setting against the backdrop of an energetic and rich cultural city, provides students with a very special environment. The small size (approximately 200 full-time students /17 full-time faculty) and focused curriculum draws a serious and committed student body. The Art Academy's programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Academic Life 
The Art Academy offers the four- year Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Fine Arts and Communication Arts, an innovative Masters of Arts degree in Art Education for art teachers and a vast non-credit Community Education program. Students begin the first two years of the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs with an intense Foundation then broad media experience before they declare a major in the junior year. There is a strong emphasis on cross- disciplinary experience in studio and academic classes. Approximately one third of the 132 credits required for the undergraduate degree, are in academic studies-including fifteen credits in art history. The BFA program is on a two semester academic year. The Master of Arts in Art Education degree is a three-summer, thirty-three credit, studio-based program. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area is home to fourteen institutions of higher education including the Art Academy, forming a consortium offering cross-registration privileges to all students. 

Campus Life 
The Art Academy of Cincinnati can't be described in terms of a traditional college. Our students are looking for an alternative to the experience of fraternities/sororities and dormitories. They are unusually focused on their artwork and most school activities revolve around open drawing sessions, trips to museums and visiting artist lectures. "Bad Hair Day" and the annual "Minumental Exhibition" are just two examples of the creative spirit at play! In such a small school, students, faculty and staff, have a warm and supportive relationship- creating a strong sense of community. The school considers the city as an extension of the "campus". There are no dormitories, rather students living in apartments in neighborhoods surrounding the school. The Admissions Office assists students in their search for housing and roommates. 

Facilities and Resources 
The school's Eden Park building is physically connected to the Cincinnati Art Museum and overlooks the stunning skyline of Cincinnati. The Eden Park building, originally built as the art school, has three floors with 22,000 square feet, providing space for both academic and studio use; a computer lab; student studio spaces in Fine Arts and Communication Arts; an art supply store and the Chidlaw Gallery. Our second building is a converted elementary school in the charming Mount Adams neighborhood -- a short walk from the Eden Park building. Sharing the space are the Learning Assistance Center and all of the Academy's administrative offices. The most recent addition to the Academy buildings is River City Works, a 6,500 square foot sculpture studio one mile from other buildings. This space is equipped with metal working, wood and hot glass facilities. Students automatically receive membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum, one of the 15 largest in the country. The shared resources of the Cincinnati Art Museum and library are an invaluable extension of our classrooms. 

Financial Aid 
95% of Art Academy students receive some type of financial aid. The Art Academy participates in federal and state programs assisting students in securing, grants, loans, scholarships and College Work Study monies. Institutional scholarships and institutional loans are also available. Full-time freshman or transfer applicants may apply for an Entrance Scholarship. The applicants must apply and be accepted by March 1 in order to compete. Those applying for financial aid, must submit the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 for priority consideration. 

Admission Requirements 
As an art college, we attract students who have already decided that they will pursue careers in art and design. We require all applicants to submit a 20 piece portfolio; official transcripts (a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required); SAT or ACT test scores (no minimum for consideration); at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor; a one-page artist's statement; a personal interview for all applicants living within150 miles of Cincinnati. 

The portfolio of artwork is one of the most important elements of the application. It is a great indicator of readiness for the rigors of the degree program. 

We carefully consider academic achievement and test scores as an important aspect of the admission decision process. Although there are no specific high school course requirements for applicants, it is beneficial to have a well rounded experience including courses in English, natural science, mathematics humanities, social studies as well as art. 

We have a rolling admission with a deadline of July 31 for the fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. Only transfer students may apply for the spring semester. If a student is applying for an Entrance Scholarship, the deadline for admission is March 1. 

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