A College Designed For You

Graphic Design, Illustration, Packaging, Interactive Design.

A Focused 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Each course is designed to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in your career. With a focus on print, interactive, photography and digital media. AIC provides you with a well-rounded education relevant to the graphic design field.

Blocked Scheduling – No Fridays

AIC created a flexible schedule that includes day and evening classes. Typically students attend classes Monday – Thursday, 8am to 2:30pm with the option to take an evening class. No classes are scheduled on Fridays to allow our students the best opportunity to get their education and manage outside activities.

Fixed Tuition

Not only will your education at AIC prepare you for a career in graphic design, we can get you there at the most competitive rate around. With AIC’s Fixed Tuition Policy, your tuition fee will never increase while you are an active student at AIC. When you attend AIC you graduate in three years.

Creative Atmosphere

AIC is unique. Our small size allows you to develop lifelong friends, express your creativity and have fun doing what you love.

Ready To Take A Tour?

Want to find out more? Come visit our campus and take a tour. The best way to see what AIC is all about is to experience it for yourself. Contact an admissions representative today at 513.751.1206.

Founded By Designers For Designers

Founded in 1976 with the intent of establishing a Graphic Design College recognized for its quality, ready-to-work graduates, and a focus on limited enrollment of qualified applicants. AIC was first known as Academy of Communicative Art College of Design and was located in the historic Gruen building located at 401 E. McMillan Ave. in Cincinnati Ohio.

In 1980 the school was relocated to and purchased a building in East Walnut Hills, and renamed ACA College of Design. In 1987 ACA College of Design became degree granting. ACA immediately recognized the significance of computers in the graphic design industry offering the first computer major in the Greater Cincinnati area in 1982.

In 2000, AIC College of Design moved to the current location at 1171 E. Kemper Rd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, AIC is the only design college owned and operated by graphic designers, and offers two degrees; an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Graphic Design.

Founders Marion K. Allman and Cyndi A. Mendell remain an active part of the college, and for the last 41 years have worked to continually maintain a practical, industry relevant and innovative design curriculum. They have built a strong reputation for quality graphic design education among industry members and educators throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond.


AIC College of Design is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. AIC College of Design is also accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents OH. REG. #77 03 0548T.

International Council of Design schools

AIC is a Charter Member of the ICDS is an organization founded in 1980; its membership is international and dedicated to Excellence in Art Education. Members are chosen for their business ethics and high standards. All of the schools are independently operated and meet on a yearly basis to share ideas, knowledge and information. Members are invited to join on the merits of reputation and quality of work produced. Most U.S. schools have articulation agreements.


AIC College of Design is a member of:

  • The American Advertising Federation (AAF)
  • AIGA Cincinnati
  • The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce  (Roundtable Member)
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Springdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharonville Chamber of Commerce