AIC College of Design celebrates 40 years of excellence. Founded in 1976 by designers Marion K. Allman and Cyndi A. Mendell, AIC has focused on providing a high-quality education to young designers. Always at the forefront, we were among the first schools to integrate computers into the curriculum and spearheaded the 3-year bachelor program. Our faculty are practicing designers, who bring practical experience into the classroom. Our students are award-winning and our alumni can be found around the world.
Your Graphic Design Career Starts At AIC
AIC College of Design offers a focused 3-year bachelor’s degree program. Each course is designed to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in your career. With a focus on print, interactive, photography, web design and digital media, AIC provides you with a well-rounded education relevant to the graphic design field.
At AIC, you can earn your Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design in only three years. Find out more
Focused Curriculum. Practical Classes.
From the first day of classes, AIC College of design students are working with clients. From illustrations for books to packaging for innovative new products, AIC occasionally incorporates actual client projects into the classroom instruction for students to gain the professional experience of working with outside clients and vendors.
Technology At Your Fingertips
In order for students to quickly progress into the graphic design and illustration profession, students participate in AIC’s MacBook Pro Program, where students have unrestricted access to the tools they need to build their portfolio and course work. The costs of the MacBook and Adobe CC software are included in your tuition.
Professional Design and Business Instructors
Learn from the Best. AIC College of Design faculty include owners of design firms and art directors from Cincinnati’s top companies, agencies and studios.
Award Winning Students
Small in size, but huge in talent.
AIC students have received more than 35 ADDY Awards in the last 4 years, including two Regional ADDYs and one National ADDY.
The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition, sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2, is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.
Submitted work was developed specifically for this competition, from previous projects or student contests (work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry).
Local Student Award Winners
AIC Graduate Stories
Graduates from our Graphic Design program work around the town and around the world. Cincinnati is a great place to live and work.
Rock The Arts Scholarship
Opportunities up to $10,000. Open to high school seniors, high school graduates or those who have earned a GED and are interested in attending the college. Scholarships are not transferable and are good only for September starts of the year they are awarded. All scholarships are judged on the basis of excellence of artwork submitted and must follow the rules for entry. Like grants, scholarships are free money and will not need to be repaid. Learn More
AIC Fast Facts
Job Placement Rate
September 2013 AAS Graduates
$119,629 was awarded to incoming and current students 2013-2014
- Associate Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Design
- Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design
Time to Completion
Typical time to complete the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design is three years.
Faculty to Student Ratio
1 : 5
23% Out of State
1st time students pursing a Bachelor Degree Fall 2013