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Who We Are

We Are a Small and Inclusive Community of Creators

Students come to the ACA from all walks of life, some with strong arts backgrounds and some who are new to the arts.

Some are just out of high school, and some have grandchildren. Some come from small towns; some from large cities. Some want to start a career in the arts; some want to participate while they pursue careers in other areas. Whatever your dream in the arts, the ACA has a place for you. Whoever you are, the faculty at the ACA will embrace you and lead you to achieve. Wherever you’re from and whoever you are, the ACA is a place for you to belong.

Talented and Caring Faculty & Staff

More than just dedicated educators, our faculty & staff are talented artists in their own right, with degrees from some of the finest institutions in the nation.

Drawing from their own professional experience, each faculty member brings a unique blend of creative and practical understanding from the real-world arts industry to the classroom. In short, they know what you need to succeed in whatever arts pathway you choose. This world-class expertise, coupled with our intimate class sizes (typically under 30 students), ensures that you’ll receive the personalized support you need to launch your future career.

Immerse Yourself in the Arts

At the ACA, there are no limits on what you can achieve.

Whether you’re interested in studio art, visual communications, graphic design, website creation, animation, video and film productions, theatre, technical theatre, music, or music technology (with other areas of study coming soon!), you have total freedom to immerse yourself in the areas of study that you’re most passionate about.

Plus, our vibrant arts community offers a constant array of theatre productions, concerts, music recitals, gallery events and more. Check out what’s playing right now, what’s coming up soon, or explore our student groups to find out ways you could be part of the action!

Enjoy Being in a Small, Historic Downtown

Decatur is a fun, safe, and vibrant community with no shortage of things to see and do.

From the community’s year-long celebration of the arts, to our charming boutiques and restaurants, award-winning museums, and a range of natural attractions right next door, there’s always more to explore. Check out Decatur Downtown and Positively Decatur to learn more about the adventures that await you in our river town. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about the new student dorm currently under construction right downtown!