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  • Students can apply for entry to the fall (August) or spring (January) semesters. Outlined in the sections below are the application requirements you will need to complete for the undergraduate program.
  • All admitted students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. These funds are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers based on materials submitted for review.
  • CCAD's Master of Fine Arts (graduate) program accepts applications for the fall (August) semester only. If you are a college graduate and are interested in the graduate program, please visit the MFA Application Requirements Page.

Important Dates & Deadlines

For 2014

  • Spring semester final transcripts deadline, Jan. 10, 2014
  • File FAFSA and add CCAD's code (003039), Feb. 2014
  • Fall semester priority application deadline, Feb. 15, 2014
  • Fall semester financial aid awards mailed weekly, March 2014
  • Fall semester national admissions response date, May 1, 2014
  • Fall semester scheduling and housing deposits deadline, May 3, 2014
    • Students are encouraged to deposit by the deadline, but deposits will be accepted after that time if space is available. Deposits are nonrefundable. Residence Life will accept housing applications after this date as long as housing is still available. Roommate requests are not guaranteed after this date.
  • Fall semester final transcripts and medical information forms deadline, July 2014
  • Fall semester regular decision application deadline, Aug. 1, 2014

    For 2015

  • Apply to CCAD for fall semester 2015
    • Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow time to process the admission, financial aid, and other paperwork required. Decision letters will be mailed weekly starting in December.
    • Dec. 1, 2014: Early action deadline
    • Feb. 15, 2015: Merit scholarship deadline and priority deadline
      for financial aid
    • Aug. 1, 2015: Final deadline
  • Spring semester entry application deadline, Dec. 1, 2014
  • Spring semester medical information forms, scheduling, and housing deposits deadline, Dec. 16, 2014
    • Students are encouraged to deposit by the deadline, but deposits will be accepted after that time if space is available. Deposits are nonrefundable. Residence Life will accept housing applications after this date as long as housing is still available. Roommate requests are not guaranteed after this date.

Requirements to Apply for the Undergraduate Program:

All Applicants
All applicants must start by completing the online application at ccad.slideroom.com (current version of Adobe Flash required).

To complete the online portion of the application, all applicants need to submit:

  • Evidence of your creativity—we want to see any kind of work that showcases your creativity. Questions about developing your creative portfolio? Check out our Creative Portfolio page.
  • Request for letter(s) of recommendation—We require at least one letter of recommendation from an art instructor, guidance counselor, professional artist, or employer who can speak to your abilities and talents. You will need contact information (full name, email address, title, and mailing address) for each person from whom you will request a letter of recommendation.
  • Personal statement—Submit a personal statement of no less than 500 words explaining your artistic, academic, and career goals, and why you wish to pursue an education at CCAD to help further those goals. It is recommended that you type your personal statement in a separate document prior to starting the online application.
  • Application fee—$40 application fee is required to submit your application.

Additional materials will need to be gathered and submitted to CCAD via mail (see mailing address below). Scroll down for details for freshmen, international, and transfer students.

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Freshman Applicants (U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders)

  • Current high school transcript(s) or GED certificate—Ask your counselor, or other school official, to submit your official high school transcript (grades 9–12). If you have coursework from another high school not reported on your current transcript, request to have that transcript sent to CCAD.
  • College transcript(s), if applicable—If you have received college credit as a high school student, you must request that an official transcript be sent to CCAD, directly, from each college you attended.
  • ACT or SAT standardized college entrance exam scores—Sent to CCAD directly from the testing agency unless the scores can be found on your official high school transcript sent from your high school.
  • Final HS Transcript(s)—Following graduation from high school, you will need to submit an official transcript that reflects final grades.
  • AP/IB Test Scores—If you are a high school student and have taken advanced-placement coursework or participated in an IB program, you will need to request official test scores to receive transfer credit.

Freshman Applicants (International)

  • Current high school transcript(s) or GED certificate— Ask a school official to submit your official high school transcript (grades 9–12). If you have coursework from another high school not reported on your current transcript, request to have that transcript sent to CCAD.
  • College transcript(s), if applicable—If you have received college credit as a high school student, you must request that an official transcript be sent to CCAD, directly, from each college you attended.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores—Proof of English proficiency is required. Students from countries where English is not the only official language must meet the minimum required score on any one of the following. Proof of these scores must be sent to CCAD directly from the testing agency.
    • TOEFL: iBT 61
    • IELTS: 6.0
  • Final HS and/or College Transcript(s)—Following graduation from high school or your last term at an institution, you will need to submit an official transcript that reflects final grades.

Note: If you are admitted to CCAD, you will be required to provide proof of finances sufficient to support your studies.

See the International Student FAQ page for details on additional international student requirements.

Transfer Applicants (U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders)
OPTIONAL ADDITION TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION: Resume, CV, bio, or other documents may be uploaded to be reviewed with your application.

  • Creative Portfolio—As a transfer applicant we require you to submit no less than 20 examples of your strongest work. Your work should demonstrate ability in your expected field of study while highlighting your technique, concept, risk-taking, and dedication. Questions about developing your portfolio? Check out our Creative Portfolio page.
  • College Transcript(s)—Request that an official transcript be sent directly to CCAD from each college that you previously attended.
  • High School Transcript(s) or GED certificate, if applicable—This is only required if you have completed less than 45 units of college credit.
  • AP/IB Test Scores—If you have taken Advanced placement coursework or participated in an IB program, you will need to request official test scores to receive transfer credit.
  • Final Transcript(s)—If you are currently enrolled in college-level coursework, you will need to submit an official transcript that reflects your final grades.

Additional Information: Transfer students should review the Transfer Student FAQ for more information.

Transfer Applicants (International)

  • Creative Portfolio—As a transfer applicant we require you to submit no less than 20 examples of your strongest work. Your work should demonstrate ability in your expected field of study while highlighting your technique, concept, rick-taking, and dedication. Questions about developing your portfolio? Check out our Creative Portfolio page.
  • College Transcript(s)—Request that an official transcript be sent, directly to CCAD, from each college that you previously attended.
  • High School Transcript or GED certificate, if applicable—This is only required if you have completed less than 45 units of college credit.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores—Proof of English proficiency is required. Students from countries where English is not the only official language must meet the minimum required score on any one of the following. Proof of these scores must be sent to CCAD directly from the testing agency.
    • TOEFL: iBT 61
    • IELTS: 6.0
  • Final Transcript(s)—If you are currently enrolled in college-level coursework, you will need to submit an official transcript that reflects your final grades.

Application Checklists
Download and print the below checklists to help stay on top of your CCAD application process.

Freshman Application Instructions
International Application Instructions
Transfer Application Instructions

CCAD Test Codes
You will need the following codes when requesting scores are sent to CCAD:

  • ACT—3281
  • SAT/PROFILE/TOEFL—1085

Mailing Address
Materials mailed to CCAD's Admissions Office must have your full name and date of birth listed and should be addressed to:

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

Call Us if You Need Help or Have Questions
The Admissions Office is here to help you join the CCAD community. For assistance in completing your application and assembling your portfolio, please contact us.

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Disclaimer: CCAD reserves the right to reject an application, to rescind an offer of admission, or revoke the admission of any person for any reason not contrary to law.