Welcome from our President

Dr. Melanie Corn with the Art sign

Welcome to Columbus College of Art & Design.

We’re one of the nation’s top private art and design colleges, and we’ve been leading the way in educating a diverse group of talented students for 140 years. Here, you’ll be pushed to think, create and work at the highest level. You’ll explore different media in our state-of-the-art facilities and grow from close mentorships with our world-class faculty. You’ll bring your ideas to life, and you’ll master the tools to change culture and business for the better.

Together, CCAD and Columbus are a powerful combination: CCAD provides the education, and the city provides networking opportunities that launch careers into both the local and international creative industries. Our strong alumni network and our partnerships help our students land jobs right out of college. In fact, 84 percent of our graduates were employed or involved in further education within six months of graduation in 2016. You’ll find our alumni all over the globe represented by top galleries, launching their own businesses, and working at all types of companies, including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Greetings, DreamWorks, Facebook, General Electric, Google, Nike, Paramount, and Pixar, just to name a few!

Come join us at CCAD. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do here.

— Dr. Melanie Corn, President

Letters from Dr. Melanie Corn

Check out Dr. Corn's Social Media feeds 

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Happy Go The Distance Day to all of our @CCADedu students. Only 51 days left in the school year! Keep pushing forward. #myccad #bestjobever 📸 by Ty Wright. Mural by @mr_misster.
9 hours 57 minutes ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Happy Go The Distance Day to all of our @CCADedu students. Only 51 days left in the school year! Keep pushing forward. #m…
10 hours 44 minutes ago
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Just had fantastic convos w/ Rep. Kristin @Boggs4Ohio & Sen. Hearcel Craig about importance of higher ed & need for Ohio to support student access & attainment at the state’s diversity of institutions. Higher Ed for workforce develop. AND a fulfilling life AND an engaged citizenry! Thx @AICUOhio for organizing.
10 hours 53 minutes ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: In an @AICUOhio meeting today. Amazing views of downtown Columbus from the 36th floor. And check out the @ccadedu campus!…
10 hours 59 minutes ago
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In an @aicuohio meeting today. Amazing views of downtown Columbus from the 36th floor. And check out the @ccadedu campus! #myccadartsign
11 hours 9 minutes ago
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Happy to be home, but had a great time visiting alumni in Florida last week! #myccad #ccadalumni #ccadalumniworkatthecoolestplaces
2 days 6 hours ago
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Had an awesome meeting and office tour with @ccadedu alumnus Paitoon Ratan. An ID grad who now gets to make the world’s entertainment and experience dreams come true as a Sr Creative Director for @itecentertainment! #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces #myccad
5 days 13 hours ago
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3 yrs ago today I posted my 1st IG to commemorate my move to C’Bus for an incredible new job! #myccad #socialmedialatecomer
6 days 23 hours ago
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Every Florida adventure should include at least one alligator sighting!
1 week ago
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#myloves
1 week 2 days ago
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Sunset on Sanibel Island. #nofilter #springbreak #familyvacay
1 week 2 days ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Happy spring break, @CCADedu. May you catch up on sleep and/or work and/or a good book and/or your Netflix queue! 😴🎨📚📺 🥰
1 week 3 days ago
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‪Happy spring break, @CCADedu. May you catch up on sleep and/or work and/or a good book and/or your Netflix queue! 😴🎨📚📺 🥰‬
1 week 4 days ago
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Thanks, Art Director @scottschaafsketch (@ccadedu alumnus, of course) for the incredible behind-the-scenes of @otherworldohio. Can’t wait for the grand opening of this awesome experiential art space!! #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces #experiencecolumbus (first photo courtesy of Ty Wright. #nofilterneeded!)
1 week 5 days ago
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Julian & I made individual pails of “dirt” for his birthday party (including chocolate-covered 🍓 “🥕”). #nailedit #momwin
2 weeks 3 days ago
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Sunday morning cuteness. #familypets #copperthedog #simonthecat #peachesthecat #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram
2 weeks 3 days ago
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arms ache avid aeon: fierce pussy amplified | a symposium getting underway now @beelergallery @ccadedu #myccad #contemporaryartmatters #queerart
2 weeks 4 days ago
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Good morning, @ccadedu! There’s a little ❄️ out there, but the ☀️ is shining. One more week until spring break! Woo-hoo!! #myccad #myccadartsign
2 weeks 5 days ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Heading back to FL soon to meet up with @CCADedu alumni. Join me and your fellow alums in Orlando on March 14! https://t.…
3 weeks ago
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Heading back to Florida in a couple weeks to see my favorite things — lizards, flowers, and @ccadedu alumni, of course! Come meet up with me and fellow alums in Orlando on March 14! #myccad #ccadalumni (Oh, and I’m also excited to see my folks!) 😄
3 weeks ago
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“When you’re most authentic is when you’re most effective.” Good advice from a great colleague, and perfect end to the week. Thanks @seventh_son_brewing for being a great spot for a convo.
3 weeks 5 days ago
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1 month ago
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Wednesday @ccadedu had an incredible #unplugged day. Students hung out together off their devices. Together, we planted succulents, perfected yoga poses, commissioned valentines, snacked, laughed, and learned. Who could ask for a better day?! #myccad #lovemyjob 📸 by Ty Wright.
1 month ago
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Happy Valentine’s Day to my two favorite guys! (And check out those awesome @ccadedu sweatshirts!) #myloves #myccad #shopccad
1 month ago