Welcome from our President

Dr. Melanie Corn

 

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 141 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

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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.

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Day 8’s @ccadedu Oustanding Senior is Grace Morbitzer, Interior Design. These images are beautiful renderings of The Peace Museum. Congrats, @gracie.morbitzer ! #ccadcreateaway #myccad
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The 7th @ccadedu Outstanding Senior is Liz White, Advertising & Graphic Design. “This piece, Cremo Men's Makeup Catalog and Packaging, was selected as a 2019 National Addy Award Winner, and working on it was the first time I've felt like a real designer. Thanks to Jim Lutz, my professor, and Alex Charlton, Alex Mockenstrum, and Justin Grady, my models.” Congrats, Liz! @wizlight_ #ccadcreateaway #myccad
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On this #GivingTuesday please consider supporting the @ccadedu Student Emergency Fund. We have incredible students, and they need your support now more than ever. Link in bio. #myccad #ccadcreateaway
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Julian has decided to cook daily. He’s been making pan-seared salmon! Pretty awesome. Meanwhile, I just continue to bake with J. Peanut butter cup pie, blueberry muffins, lemon bars, banana bread, etc. Definitely need to bake less and walk more, but...🤷🏼...tomorrow!
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Day 6: @ccadedu Outstanding Senior in Comics & Narrative Practice Han Donovan. This is a page from their beautiful capstone project, St. Paul’s Coolest. Check out Han’s IG for more deets and buy your own copy of this now! @handonnievan #ccadcreateaway #myccad (P.S. Cut off bubble at the top says “Why?”)
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Day 5: @ccadedu Industrial Design Outstanding Senior, Nick Majeski ( @majeski__designs ) Photo 1: His Sr Thesis tackles “diabetic foot ulcers to lower the risk of amputations caused by them.” Medical design is his primary area of interest, as he’s seen the importance of it first hand in his family. Photo 2: “This board was designed by my company Khander Longboards. I designed and fabricated the deck and my partner created the custom graphic for the client.” #ccadcreateaway #myccad
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Day 4 (that was yesterday) showcasing @ccadedu Outstanding Senior work: Isabella Latell - Illustration. “Image 1: Dragon Heartstrings, I picked this piece to showcase my recent illustrative print work using Risograph. Image 2: Noble Blood, I chose this piece to highlight my poster design illustrations.” Congrats! (And apologies for not getting the 2nd piece to fit in IG well.) 😊 @isabellamarieart #ccadcreateaway #myccad
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Your weekly dose of puppy cuteness from the Corn-son household! #minibernedoodle #bernedoodle #puppiesofinstagram #copperandbiscuit
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Day 3: @ccadedu Outstanding Senior in Film & Video — Angelo Thomas (@iamangelothomas) — “This is the poster for my film The Incredible Jake Parker. It is the first feature film to come out of my department in over thirty years and serves as my senior capstone. It is the product of two years of hard work and holds a special place in heart as it is loosely based on my real-life battle with an eating disorder.” I can’t wait for the premiere of this important film. Congrats, Angelo! #ccadcreateaway #myccad
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Day 2 of celebrating @ccadedu Outstanding Seniors. Congrats to Xuena Pu - Fashion Design - on her gorgeous senior collection! @xuenapu #myccad #ccadcreateaway (Thanks to @tywwright for the images from the collection jury. So sad not to see these looks on the runway next week.)
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Every year we celebrate the Outstanding Senior for each major here @ccadedu. Congratulations to Destiny Ryan - Fine Arts. This is “Autopsy of the Artist,” a large-scale painting that took 120 hours to perfect. @destiny.ryan.art #myccad
8 months ago

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Another flashback to when we had a beautiful Oakland garden and a beautiful toddler! Happy Earth Day!
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Happy Earth Day!
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Enjoy the weekend! Here’s a morning dose of puppy cuteness to start you off on the right foot. #puppiesofinstagram #minibernedoodle #bernedoodle
9 months ago

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Shout out to two of the incredible @ccadedu staffers who are still coming to work everyday to take care of our campus while the rest of us are away. Thank you, Director of Safety & Security Wallace Tanksley and Mailroom Manager Deanna McCutcheon! We appreciate you!! #myccad 📸 @tywwright
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“Do you think if I just lay right here and open my mouth, they’ll pour the food right in?” — Peaches the Cat
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Can’t wait to return to @otherworldohio and see what’s new as soon as we’re all able to congregate again! Support artists now so they’ll be around when we’re back together! #artmakescolumbus #ohioartsstrong #myccad
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#puppytraining #gooddog #puppiesofinstagram #minibernedoodle #bernedoodle
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RT @Melanie_Corn: I’m obsessed with artist-made jewelry. Might be a problem, but not 1 to solve today! Artists & designers need our support…
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I’m a bit obsessed with artist-made jewelry. It might be a problem, but not one to solve today! Artists and designers need our support now more than ever. Just bought these 5 items from the @ccadedu Virtual Art Fair - shopccad.org. Happening now through Sunday night. Get your shop on! #myccad Upper left and going clockwise: Courtney DeYoung @cavaticadesigns , Makayla Duffy @m.duffy_art , Casey Lyn @caseylyncollections , Bethany James / LEO Designs @bethanyjewelry , and Jen McCracken @jenesis_creates
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Remember just last year when we unplugged for a day @ccadedu to reconnect with one another? And now plugging in is the only way TO connect? Stay home, stay safe, stay connected. Make sure you’re using all this extra screen time to connect with your community, not just zone out! #TBT #myccad 📸 @tywwright
9 months ago

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I just made a super delish blueberry cobbler, if I do say so myself! #blueberrycobbler #quarantinebaking
9 months ago

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Good morning friends! How’s your Monday going! Are you having a Biscuit kinda morning or a Copper one? Wishing you sunshine and puppy optimism for the week! #biscuitandcopper #puppiesofinstagram #bernedoodle #minibernedoodle #cockalier
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RT @Melanie_Corn: My #WFH spaces full of @ccadedu alumni art. Piece on L is from #CCADartfair, artist Mary Gaye Miller. Join me in supporti…
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