CCAD Educators' Summer Studio

The time to focus on your own craft. The space to reconnect. The place for teachers like you.

If you’re a high school art, design, technology or arts integration teacher, your professional effectiveness goes hand in hand with your own personal creativity. CCAD’s Educators’ Summer Studio provides meaningful professional development and impactful creative experiences designed especially for you to take a break from nurturing others and focus on your own portfolio. Experience our new, forward-thinking curriculum firsthand and engage and collaborate with other educators just like you — all in the college’s modern professional studios, labs and classrooms. Plus, you'll enjoy off-campus outings throughout Columbus' vast creative landscape.

In just one week, this studio-intensive program will help you recharge your creative side. You will:

  • invest in your own creative growth and development
  • build relationships with other creative and innovative educators and with the faculty and staff at CCAD
  • get specific activities and lesson ideas to take back to your classroom
  • bolster your understanding of how design education can be integrated with business and entrepreneurship

The 2016 program runs June 19-24.

Have a question? Contact us at 614.222.3481 or

Dates & Deadlines

Jan. 4 — Registration opens

May 27 — Registration and fee deadline

June 10 — Refund requests deadline

June 19 — Move-in and orientation

June 24 — Reception, exhibition and move-out

Program Costs

The program fee of $275 covers up to 3.5 PDU/CEU credits, one week of on-campus residence, 15 meals and workshop materials. Alternatively, you may choose to live off-campus and attend as a non-residential participant for the fee of $150, which does not include meals.

Continuing Education Credits

When you successfully complete all sessions of the 2016 Educators’ Summer Studio, you’ll earn 3.5 professional development units (PDUs; formerly known as CEUs).

These units can be submitted to your professional development committee for K-12 license renewal. If you don’t need PDUs for licensure, consider adding them to your professional portfolio to gain future employment or to receive a promotion or tenure.


You’ll be assigned a private room in our state-of-the-art Design Square Apartments here on CCAD's campus. The Design Square Apartments building is full of sleek glass and modern design and provides spacious rooms and wonderful views of the city. Of course, if you choose not to stay on campus, we will give you a campus parking pass for your time here.

Educators’ Summer Studio at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) recharges teachers' creativity.


Professional development at Columbus College of Art & Design's (CCAD) Educators’ Summer Studio.



Morning Workshops

You’ll be able to register for specific workshops led by CCAD faculty and staff, using the same resources as our current students. These classes are designed to share digital and traditional methods that can be transferred to your own classroom.

Lunch and Learns

Let’s talk about teaching and how it is evolving. These lunchtime lectures take you into the educational decisions made every day at CCAD and how we create a connected community here. Dive deeper into project-based learning, collaboration and education business skills.

Afternoon Collaboration

This intensive, yet engaging session is designed to both challenge and nurture your creative process. Critique and be critiqued by fellow educators. Ask their opinions. Share experiences. Push the boundaries of your creativity by working with others on collaborative projects, discovering the concepts of scale, environment and thinking outside of typical or traditional teaching barriers.

Personal Studio Time and Evening Activities

As a teacher, you may feel as though you often don’t have time to practice your own craft. Use time in the studio to focus on rebooting your creative energy. Each day, you will have individual studio time, along with open studio time in the evening. Explore the skills and techniques demonstrated in the program’s workshops and collaborate with other educators. In the evening, you can also enjoy CCAD faculty lectures, trips exploring Columbus and film screenings.

View the week's schedule and specific workshop offerings.

Have a question? Contact us at 614.222.3261 or