Transfer Students

The CCAD Difference

Working in art and design means working on your craft every day. And we strive every day to assemble the most creative community and meet our students’ needs. When you transfer to CCAD, you join our community and make the decision to earn more than a degree. Like all of our students, you commit to igniting your full creative potential and sending yourself into a successful career.

At CCAD, we offer you the resources and support to make a successful transition to our campus, and we’ll work closely with you to maximize your transfer credit and apply it to your course of study here.

Before You Apply

We review completed applications on a rolling basis. You’ll be notified of your admission decision accordingly. We aim to have a response back to you shortly after your file is completed for review. Application materials cannot be returned.

Transfer students can start at CCAD either in the fall or spring semester. To ensure priority and adequate time for processing, we encourage you to apply early.

How To Apply

The CCAD Application

All applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed online application with your $50 application fee, which is nonrefundable.
  • A personal statement. We don’t think about this in the traditional sense. Write it. Film it. Design it. Just answer the questions: who are you, what do you love to do, what does creativity mean to you?
  • A portfolio. We refer to this as your “evidence of creativity.” Using your best work, show us how you think, what you’re passionate about, and what defines you as a creative individual. 1–20 pieces are required.
  • Official transcripts from every educational institution you’ve attended, even if you didn’t graduate. Have a GED certificate? We’ll take that as well. (And if you have fewer than 45 college credits we also require your high school transcripts.)
  • At least one letter of recommendation. We know that everyone will say you’re great. (And we believe that you are.)

Optional items:

  • ACT or SAT test scores. We do encourage you to submit them, as we may take them into account for scholarship consideration.
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam results. If you have results from either exam, we encourage you to send them in case your scores qualify you for academic credit.
  • Additional letters of recommendation.
  • Resume/CV.

CCAD Exam Codes:

When taking exams and sending exam results, use these CCAD codes:

  • ACT: 3281
  • SAT and TOEFL: 1085

All paper credentials must be sent to:

Admissions Office
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Have a question? Contact us at 614.222.3261 or

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Transfer Credits

After you are accepted to CCAD, your official transcripts will be reviewed to determine which classes are eligible for transfer to CCAD. When the review is complete, we will mail and email you a transcript evaluation that details your results.

Keep in mind that:

  • Only courses with grades of C or higher are considered for transfer credit. (Exceptions may be made for credits coming from colleges that don't use letter-grading systems.)
  • Only credits that can be used toward the degree in your major will be counted.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of transfer credit may be applied toward a degree at CCAD.
  • Grades for transfer courses won't count toward your CCAD GPA.
  • If you have fewer than 45 college credits we also require your high school transcripts.
  • If you're a transfer student with fewer than 24 completed semester credit hours at another institution, you'll be required to live on-campus at CCAD during your first year.
  • CCAD also accepts Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit when your provide official scores to the college and the scores meet the applicable criteria.

Financial Aid

Admitted students may be eligible for federal grants and loans, federal work-study or private alternative loans, and CCAD-funded scholarships (awarded to eligible applicants after acceptance), as well as outside scholarship opportunities. Please be sure to apply for FAFSA to be assessed for financial aid. Or click here for more information.

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