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

Who is Dr. Corn?

Dr. Melanie Corn is the fifth president of Columbus College of Art & Design. Since joining the college in 2016, Dr. Corn has made significant progress on the dual goals of building a national reputation for the college and strengthening CCAD’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region. She has overseen the implementation of a three-year strategic plan, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Cloyd Family Animation Center, and an increase in new applicants and in overall enrollment at the college.

Dr. Corn makes connecting with students and graduates a priority, holding town halls, writing frequent letters to current students, and spearheading an annual alumni tour that includes stops across the country.

She is a member of the Columbus Partnership and serves on the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, CBUS Retail, and the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park. Dr. Corn was a 2017 and 2018 finalist for the CEO of the Year award from Columbus CEO and a 2018 recipient of the Progressive Woman award from Smart Business.

Prior to joining CCAD, Dr. Corn spent 13 years in academic administration at California College of the Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Stanford University, a master’s degree in art history from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in higher education management from University of Pennsylvania.

After working in art and design education for more than a decade and a half, Dr. Corn is a fervent believer in the power of creativity. She loves her job because, as she frequently says, “No one’s mom ever made them go to art school,” meaning, of course, that CCAD students are intentional, hardworking, and passionate about their education.

As part of CCAD’s strategic plan, Dr. Corn helped to define the college’s institutional values—accountability, inspiration, positivity, and respect. Her vision for the future of the college includes adding new degree offerings and facilities to meet the needs of tomorrow's creative workforce and building on CCAD's long history of youth programming and community education with more professional development offerings for the thriving workplaces of central Ohio.

Check out Dr. Corn's Social Media feeds 

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Great day for a baseball game! #columbusclippers #huntingtonpark #lifeincbus #midwestliving
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More pics from #glassbeach — with my favorite people. #bestfamilyever #summervacation #mendocinocoast
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Last week’s visit to #glassbeach So cool! #mendocinocoast #glassbeachfortbragg
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#backyardgarden 1) Beans and mint. 2)🤞🏼that my pepper turns red before the bugs get it. 3) Crazy tomato plants! #midwestliving
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#FBF Got to see @guyyygibboneyyy last week out in the Bay Area — @ccadedu alumnus, Old Navy rockstar, #1 former babysitter, and all around great guy! 😎#myccad #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces
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Had the pleasure of hearing about the upcoming #TheBigTable @colsfoundation and learning about the 9 artists asked to paint table cloths for the event. Most importantly, I met @miles_balfour — Fort Hayes alum and soon-to-be @ccadedu student! His work was incredible! I can’t believe how lucky we are to call him one of ours!! #myccad
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#oaktown
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#tbt c.2013 #lovethiskiddo
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#perfectday #midwestliving

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#bunniesofinstagram #asseenoncampus #campusgardens #msyusgardens #myccad
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Hey there, all you #CCADalumni out in the Bay Area! Come out next Thursday night to mix and mingle with your fellow alumn…
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Fantastic Father’s Day with my love and our kiddo. #bestfamilyever

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#happypride #columbuspride

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#happyfathersday to the O.G. Dr. Corn!

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THIS. NEVER. HAPPENS. Time to go home early. And no one email me over the weekend, ‘k? 😉 #workgoalsachieved

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FBF: Had a great time last week at the GCAC Arts Festival Patton Party. Always a good time and a great way to kick off the summer! @artmakescbus

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We had a great party a couple weeks ago to show our appreciation for the hard work of all the faculty and staff @ccadedu. So honored to be a part of the #ccadfamily. 📸by @tywwright #myccad #bestjobever #tbt

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Join me on Saturday, June 15, for Pride@Hyde. Support @ccadedu students while enjoying the Parade from a front row seat! Link in my bio. Sign up soon. Almost sold out!! #myccad #loveislove #lgbtpride

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Last weekend we had a great family chill out in FL. Spotted this big soft shell turtle cruising across the yard. Take a break from #pondlife. #familyvacay #turtlesofinstagram

1 month 2 weeks ago
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Just saw Symphonic Dances, the incredible first act of By Liang! Congratulations @edwaardliang and @balletmet #artmakescbus #balletmet

1 month 2 weeks ago
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ICYMI: Columbus now bigger than San Francisco, Census Bureau says. (Not just bigger but better, Bay Area transplant Mel Corn says!) So glad I found my home here. I miss my CA peeps, but I’m loving my #lifeincbus! It’s a progressive, foodie, culture-rich city with friendly neighbors and a relaxed vibe, at half the price and stress of SF. #cbus #myccad #midwestliving (image by @alma.kim )

1 month 2 weeks ago
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@julian_cornson and I had a blast recreating the famous unicorn cake. #nailedit #weekendfun #bakingchamps

1 month 3 weeks ago
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Chief Evangelist Nancy Kramer kicking it off at the IBM Global Design Leadership Summit. Excited for the design AND the dine!! #IBMdesignsummit ‬

1 month 3 weeks ago
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Can’t wait for desserts ... oh, and @leslieodomjr at the @capacolumbus ‘s 50th anniversary gala! #artmakescbus #capacolumbus
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