Columbus College of Art & Design is a four-year, degree-granting nonprofit college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1879 by five women, we’ve been leading the way in educating a diverse group of talented students for more than 140 years.

Who we are

Total undergraduate and graduate students during the 2020–2021 academic year, including 80 transfer students and students from 36 states and 14 countries



Qualify for Pell Grants (federal need-based aid available to low-income students)



Identify as female, with 24% of students identifying as male & 16% not identifying as male or female on the gender identity spectrum



Identify as students of color


Our mission

CCAD fosters a diverse community that educates students so they can unleash their creative power to shape culture and commerce.

About our campus


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


Student exhibition spaces and a professional screening room 



World-class public gallery 

Student-to-faculty ratio 

of our faculty are practicing artists or designers 

Graduation rate
The number of first-time, full-time students that started in fall 2015 and graduated by August 2021.


Retention rate
For full-time, first-time freshmen who were enrolled in fall 2020 and returned for fall 2021.


11 undergraduate majors



Each minor at CCAD requires 15 credit hours of work.


Animation 2D

Animation 3D

Art History


Comics & Narrative Practice

Contemporary Crafts


Creative Writing

Design Research

Fashion Design

Film & Video


Fine Art

Graphic Design


Interior Design


Product Design

Social Practice


Tuition & fees


of our students receive scholarships or aid from CCAD


of our students are the first in their family to attend college

projects with 46 learning partners since fall 2019 providing students with real-world experience in the classroom.

of 2020 BFA graduates have jobs or educational plans a year after graduation.

of 2020 BFA graduates who are employed reported working in a field related to their program of study within one year of graduation.



Best Value Colleges in America

—Best Value Schools


Top 10
Illustration degree programs

—Animation Career Review

Top 15%
Design programs in the U.S.

—College Factual