CCAD At A Glance

CCAD teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving artistic community in Columbus, Ohio.

Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering majors in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. Its two-year, 60-hour MFA curriculum allows students to design, create and explain a project with one-on-one feedback from select faculty and industry professionals.

CCAD is committed to diversity and has been educating elite talent for more than 135 years. It's a place for people who think differently, care about the larger world, and strive for greater understanding of the human community.

Graphic Design USA has named CCAD one of the top design colleges in the country.


Areas of Study

12 Bachelor's degrees and 2 Master's degrees cover a broad range of subjects and practice areas.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design & Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Comics & Narrative Practice
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Crafts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Video
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts with emphasis in Drawing, Glassblowing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Masters of Design in Integrative Design

What Makes Us "Us"

What motivates us (motto)

Think. Do. Thrive.

What we do (mission)

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

Who we strive to be (vision)

CCAD will be recognized as a top-tier college of art and design, a cultural leader, and the engine of Columbus’ creative economy. CCAD will have a global reputation for delivering an innovative and relevant creative educational experience of value to its students, alumni, and society.


CCAD believes diversity is necessary for art to evolve. Here's a few numbers to put our diverse community of students and faculty in perspective:

Caucasian students: 67%

Minority students: 33%

Female students: 64%

Male students: 36%

Domestic students: 92% (from 38 states)

International students: 8% (from 26 countries)

Commitment to Diversity

Other Facts

Average student-faculty ratio

10:1 student-faculty ratio

Student success

84% are employed or are pursuing further education within six months of graduation.

68% of those employed are working in a field that is related to their career goals within six months of graduation.

Student Right to Know information

First-to-second-year retention: 79.37%

Graduation Rate (per 2015/16 IPEDS):

  • Four-year: 54.83%
  • Six-year: 60.23%

Room & Board

Explore on- and off-campus housing options. Whether you're from the Columbus area or outside locations (including international), all are welcome!

Room rates for first-year students

Schottenstein Residence Hall:

  • Shared double room (plus required meal plan): $9,150 per year; $4,575 per semester

Design Square Apartments:

  • Four-bedroom (plus required meal plan): $11,190 per year; $5,595 per semester

Room rates for returning students

Design Square Apartments:

  • Two-bedroom: $8,380 per year; $4,190 per semester
  • Four-bedroom: $7,790 per year; $3,895 per semester

Meal plans

  • Gold Plan (250 meals and $100 flex): $3,200 per year; $1,600 per semester. Required for all incoming students.
  • Silver Plan (175 meals and $125 flex): $2,400 per year; $1,200 per semester
  • Bronze Plan (125 meals and $150 flex): $1,920 per year; $960 per semester

For more information, visit our Tuition & Fees page.

Off-Campus Programs

CCAD-Approved Programs

  • Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
  • University of Arts London, London
  • University of Arts London, London College of Fashion, London

International Exchange Programs

  • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile
  • Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, Xi’an, China
  • Northumbria, Newcastle, England

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