Location
Cincinnati, OH
Undergrads
190
Tuition
$24,330
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 41 total reviews with an average rating of 2.9

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: they have you use art work in a portfolio to let you get a scholarship that way its very simple and you just go in on one of there many portfolio days that they have

1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Do not under any circumstances, waste your funds at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. As someone who had to work ridiculously hard post-graduation to have my career and be successful, I am disappointed to report that I was horribly unprepared in my field. I'd also like to note that I graduated with honors, and was a very successful and driven student, and was even on the board.

The school ignores all practical and professional information for the theoretical and avant-garde. There should be a balance. Most departments only have one or two professors so your breadth of access to different viewpoints is severely limited, and in the areas of communication arts (graphic design, ad photography, and illustration) you are pushed to ignore professional practice and encouraged to copy the fine arts students. Internships are a disaster and you are only required to have one, relatively short one. I have repeatedly had points in my career where my superiors have asked "Didn't you learn that in school?"

After college, if you move out of Cincinnati, the alumni association will have no contact with you, except a yearly mailer begging for funds. There is no career development. They occasionally email current students about part-time and summer jobs. Post-grad you will hear nothing. (They do have an explanation of how to make a resume on their website.) Several of my fellow alumni have expressed the same sentiments and many find themselves much worse off.

Choose a bigger school with better connections and instructors. My friends who attended RISD, MICA, or Parsons were much more satisfied and with $45,000 of student loan debt, I definitely regret what little I got for my money.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is good if you buy a pass for the garage or lot near by. Parking passes can be quite expensive though. If you do purchase a pass you will not have to worry about not having a spot.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Choosing a major is easy to get enough credits because you are not required to take many classes. The advisors seem to help you achieve what you want. You cannot take classes towards your major your first year.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The labs are all up to par. Several labs with the latest updates of technology.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are good, but a fairly laid back. The class load is small and easy to do. The professors have all been pretty decent.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No one from the school checks on drugs and underage drinking. It happens VERY frequently and no one says anything about it. There are consequences if you are found doing drugs or drinking but no one seems to check on the students or really care.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of off dining options for lunch but most places close after 3pm during weekdays which leaves very little options during the evenings. There are a lot more high end dining open during the weekends but are unavailable during the week. The normal fast food places can be found near UC's campus which is a 5 min drive away.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is a decent incoming student scholarship at first but nothing else provided for a continuing one

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is soo unpredictable! its really hot and humid in the summers and fall, then icy cold in the winter all the way till late spring!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: there are a lot of apartments around but they vary drastically from really shady apartments that are in really danger neighbourhoods with no facilities to really high end charming apartments which most college students wouldn't be able to afford. There are a lot more affordable housing near the UC campus which would be like 10min away by bus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Heard Good Things. I've never participated in the campus housing at The Art Academy, but a lot of my friends from school have and they have always said good things.

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Burnt Everything. Kaldi's is a very nice cafeteria vendor when it comes to the variety and people, but the food almost always comes out burnt or not very satisfying. And when you ask about taking something off a special, like no pickles or mayo on a burger, you get a lot of sighs and rude remarks.

I suggest packing lunch almost always. Saves money, most likely a more healthy alternative, and is served the way you like it.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Washington Apartments. My apartment went from costing me 3,175 to 6,000 the following year. The place was barely even worth 3,175. People get shot inside my lobby and it's super ghetto.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: First Year Review – The process of the first year review was alright, all you had to do was fill out a paper and turn it in to the office.
The actual review was a hassle, you had to come in an hour or more early and set up your portfolio. Three teachers were in your review team. My review team was late by fifteen minutes which cut my review short. And I didn't get much feed back. It overall sucked and I didn't even get my scholarship raised.
Tips: Don't be scared over a review, and be on time.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cincinnati and Safe – There are areas of Cincinnati that are considered very unsafe. But the AAC goes above and beyond to make sure you are safe and taken care of in your day to day life. There is security on campus to help you get from your car to the building if it's late.

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