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, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level.


By the numbers

Here are some things you'll want to know about Columbus and CCAD...

No. 1 illustration program in Ohio

CCAD is a top 5 graphic design school in Ohio and one of the best colleges in Ohio.

CCAD is a top 15 fashion school.  

CCAD is a top 10 design school in the US.

CCAD is a recognized Toon Boom Centre of Excellence.

CCAD is one of the best values when choosing a college. 

CCAD is in the top 10% illustration programs in the nation.

CCAD is in the top 15% of design programs in the country

CCAD is ranked as a top design school by GDUSA


CCAD is in the top 50 of animation programs in the nation.

and the No. 5 animation program in the US.

Columbus is the No. 7 city in the world for quality of life.

Columbus is the No. 8 for work-life balance


Areas of study

12 bachelor's degrees and 2 master's degrees cover a broad range of subjects and practice areas.


What makes us "us"

What we do

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

Who we strive to be

CCAD aspires to be a nationally recognized leader in art and design education. The work of the college and our alumni will amplify the necessity and importance of creative practices to our collective sense of cultural vibrancy and connectedness, to our economies and communities, and to social justice causes and civic engagement.



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: 64%
Minority students: 30%
Female students: 68%
Male students: 32%
Domestic students: 92% (from 37 states)
International students: 7% (from 22 countries)

Figures based on 2016 enrollment

Commitment to diversity

Average student-to-faculty ratio

10:1 student-faculty ratio

Student outcomes*


  • 88.2% of graduates have jobs or educational plans a year after graduation


  • 75% of master’s graduates are employed or are pursuing further education within six months of graduation
  • 100% of those employed are working in a field that is related to their career goals within six months of graduation

*Data based on 2016 Outcomes Survey for Class of 2016

  • 77 total undergraduate alumni respondents from the Class of 2016 (graduating cohort n= 216)
  • 4 total graduate alumni respondents from Class of 2016 (graduating cohort n = 13)

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Enrollment figures (student right-to-know information)

First-to-second-year retention: 77% (based on Fall 2016 cohort of first-time, full-time students)

Graduation rate (per 2016 IPEDS):

  • Four-year: 52%
  • Six-year: 61%

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): $9,995 per year; $4,995 per semester

Design Square Apartments:

  • Four-bedroom (plus required meal plan): $12,690 per year; $6,345 per semester


Room rates for returning students

Design Square Apartments:

  • Two-bedroom: $9,300 per year; $4,650 per semester
  • Four-bedroom: $8,700 per year; $4,350 per semester


Meal plans

  • Gold Plan (250 meals and $100 flex): $3,990  per year; $1,995 per semester. Required for all incoming students.
  • Silver Plan (175 meals and $125 flex): $3,120 per year; $1,560 per semester
  • Bronze Plan (125 meals and $150 flex): $2,400 per year; $1,200 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

Domestic programs

  • AICAD Exchange Program

Pre-college programs

Continuing education


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