Cinematic Arts

You make stories move.

In CCAD's Cinematic Arts program, you’ll learn skills at every step of the filmmaking process, as you sharpen your creative eye behind the lens. From pre-production through post-production and distribution, you'll cover a thorough exploration of the field, including cinematography, directing, editing, production design, screenwriting, storyboarding and production management. Here, our collaborative, project-based approach seamlessly integrates real-world assignments, industry standards, professional practices and challenging coursework. Whether you want to make films, motion graphics, fine art installations, commercials, documentaries or music videos, you can make them all at Columbus College of Art & Design.


CCAD's state-of-the-art facilities give you the equipment and technology you need to explore your filmmaking potential. You'll have access to:

  • Fully-equipped shooting stage
  • Live-action and animation labs
  • Spacious screening rooms
  • Cameras, audio recorders, microphones, tripods, lights, studio and field lighting grip equipment, as well as moving camera equipment
  • Mac and PC labs, editing stations with Cintiq monitors and production software (Adobe Creative Cloud production suite, Final Cut Pro X, Pro Tools, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony, Maya, Nuke, Cinema 4D, Unity Pro and ZBrush)

Student and alumni works

  • Beartooth Film, Cinematic Arts, Johnny Hochestetler, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Beartooth on the Warped Tour for Red Bull Records
  • This is Falling film, Cinematic Arts, Olivia James, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    This is Falling
  • Preservative film, Cinematic Arts, Laura Thatcher, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • A Strange Dinner film, Cinematic Arts, Laura Thatcher, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    A Strange Dinner
  • Hasty Combo: Jonathan film, Cinematic Arts, Richard Smith, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Hasty Combo: Jonathan
  • Time Tunnel film, Cinematic Arts, Corey Aumiller, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Time Tunnel
  • NBA Promo film, Cinematic Arts, Ben Brown, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    NBA Promo
  • OSU Basketball film, Cinematic Arts, Ben Brown, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    OSU Basketball Promo


CCAD’s collaborative, project-based approach to cinema equips grads with the skills to excel at many roles. Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Assistant director
Motion graphics designer
Production designer
Script supervisor
Sound designer
Storyboard artist
Technical artist
Visual effects artist


Our grads generate interest from major media companies and studios. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are: 

  • American Film Institute
  • Arclight Cinema
  • Black Entertainment Network
  • Dreamworks
  • Newsweek
  • Oswald Communications
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Pixar
  • Playfish
  • Red Bull Records
  • Vigil Games
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • YUM! Brands

Credit hours

Program Requirements 39
CORE Studio Requirements 39
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Duncan Snyder, Chair of Photography Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Photography, Cinematic Arts
  • Professor
Phil Garrett, Assistant Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Assistant Professor

Notable alumni

Corey Aumiller, Cinematic Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

After his time at CCAD, Corey Aumiller completed a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute where he directed four short films in two years, including his thesis film, Grill Dog. His film and video work has been screened in festivals worldwide. His short stop-frame animation Love Letter took home the Jury Award at the 2013 Ohio Shorts festival at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Corey Aumiller
Cinematic Arts
Mike Olenick, Cinematic Art, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Mike Olenick is an experimental narrative filmmaker whose works have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the World Wide Video Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales and Seattle International Film Festival, among others. He has edited projects for directors and filmmakers including Guy Maddin, Jennifer Reeder, Michael Robinson and Sadie Benning.

Mike Olenick
Cinematic Arts

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