You find the bright and beautiful in the everyday.

You’ll come to CCAD with creative talent, an Instagram account with hundreds of photos and a point of view that’s all your own. In our Photography program, our studios will be your stage, set, playground and laboratory. You’ll draw influence from energetic peers, our experienced faculty and our collaborative atmosphere. You'll use the best gear and the latest software. You'll learn about your aesthetic and how you can market yourself. You’ll leave our program well-versed in multiple photographic formats, a master of darkroom work and cutting-edge digital editing. You may go on to start your own studio, work full-time for a major publication or document the world in a completely different way.


CCAD’s state-of-the-art facilities include a commercial studio with access to cameras, lighting, darkroom, printers and software you need to tap into your inner photographer. You'll have access to:

  • A 2,000-square-foot commercial photo studio with dedicated Canon 5D cameras and a large-format digital capture camera
  • A wide array of analog and digital cameras and lighting equipment
  • A black-and-white darkroom, a large-format darkroom and an individual photosensitive process lab
  • Canon 17-, 24- and 44-inch printers, calibrated computers and Adobe Creative Cloud suite

Student and alumni works

  • Fine Art Photography, Jennifer Crews & Shayna Mell, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Fine Art Photography
  • Documentary Photography, Collins Laatsch, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Documentary Photography
  • Studio Photography, Lindsey Spitz & Sarah Brevick, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Studio Photography
  • Documentary Photography, Samantha Kamer, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Documentary Photography
  • Photography, Studio Lighting, Kandice Stidham, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Studio Lighting
  • Studio Photography; Carol Kern, Emily Coughlin, Zach Wilke; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Studio Photography
  • Editorial Photography; Katie Molchen, Lindsey Spitz; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Editorial Photography
  • Cherry Bombe Magazine, Photography, Kelsey McClellan, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Cherry Bombe Magazine
  • Portraits, Photography, Marcus Morris, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Afghanistan Deployment, Photography, Chad Hunt, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Afghanistan Deployment
  • Darshan Series, Photography, Manjari Sharma, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Darshan Series
  • Lucky Peach Magazine, Photography, Kelsey McClellan, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Lucky Peach Magazine
  • Figure Ground #2, Fine Arts, Photography, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Figure Ground #2
    Fine Arts
    Liquid emulsion on steel


CCAD’s all-encompassing photography instruction teaches grads how to develop their individual aesthetic and market themselves with confidence. Whether they ultimately start their own studio or work for somebody else, our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Architectural photographer
Corporate and public relations photographer
Editorial illustration photographer
Fine artist
Internet/interactive producer
Image processor
Photography teacher
Photo editor
Portrait photographer
Product and food photographer


Our grads generate interest from employers in diverse industries, from big-time publishers to prestigious arts institutions to retail brands. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are:

  • Anthropologie
  • Arclight Cinema
  • Best Buy
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • The Ellen Degeneres Show
  • GAP
  • Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Huffington Post
  • JoAnn Stores
  • OneKreate
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rocky Brands
  • Tate Gallery
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart
  • Zulily

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
  • Professor Emeritus
Hiroshi Hayakawa, Associate Professor, Academic Advisor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
  • Academic Advisor for Photography, Cinematic Arts and Animation
Helen Hoffelt, Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor

Notable alumni

Courtney Scott is the Lead Editorial Photographer at Zulily, where she manages imagery on the website, photo direction and hiring for the online retailer. In the past, she has shot for Kreber Graphics and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Courtney Scott

Currently the Photo Lead for the Content and Community team at Google, Anna Dickson has evolved with the photo industry. Previous gigs include Deputy Director of Photography for The Wall Street Journal and work for The Huffington Post, AOL, iHeartRadio and Rolling Stone. Dickson frequently has speaking engagements at events like SXSW and the EyeEm Festival about photography and technology.

Anna Dickson

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