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 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

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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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Flashback to Christmas 2015 - our last Florida family holiday. We went from my long-haired boy and giant beanie boos to my preteen and Oculus VR!
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Merry Christmas Eve!
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Morning nature walk with dad in Florida. (First pic is artfully edited by @julian_cornson. Second pic is the natural color of this very cool fungus!) #fungiofinstagram #familyvacay
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Loved seeing some of the @ccadinterior projects in Crane last week. Congrats to all the students for finishing up fall semester. See you in January! #myccad
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Thank you @mayor_ginther for decisive statements @cbusmetroclub about the responsibility of leaders to own the process of “making it right” when it comes to racism and bias in all orgs and communities. #cbusforum
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I love antique plant stands, but I do not have a green thumb! Been thinking about turning my 🌱 stands into sculpture pedestals, and decided plant sculptures was the right transition! Picked up these two beauties at the @ccadedu Art Fair today. Both are by CCAD alumni: @waywardadventureco (soft cactus) & @paperbloomsdesign_ Lea Gray (paper succulents). #myccad #ccadartfair #ccadalumni
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Just started! @ccadedu Art Fair. It’s the best art buying and holiday shopping in town!! Come down to campus before 3 p.m. #myccad
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My table at the Columbus Partnership dinner at @cscc_edu Mitchell Hall. Thank you for this delicious and delightful evening!
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Beautiful sunset last night. #myccad #ccadartsign #myccadartsign
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RT @Melanie_Corn: What would @CCADedu faculty and staff do if our annual budget were doubled? Dreaming big here at CCAD! More money for sch…
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Excited for an afternoon of collective strategic planning here @CCADedu! Wrapping up the current plan means also thinking…
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ccad.edu/givingtuesday ‪ I’m giving to @CCADedu today because I believe in the importance of art, the power of design, the ability of young people to change our culture & community for the better, & the role CCAD plays in helping those artists & designers unleash their creative potential. #GivingTuesday ‬#myccad
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#peachesthecat had a very photogenic weekend! #catsofinstagram
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Thanksgiving pies. Mom’s recipe for coconut pie in chocolate crust — always the best. The Corn family favorite: pumpkin with pecan streusel in graham cracker crust. And a new addition: apple cider custard — good, but not better than the classics! #holidaybaking #familyholidays #thanksgivingdinner
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He’ll bark at you and run away once you get here, but he’s super excited to wait for you! — the dog, not the kid. 😉 #aboyandhisdog #homefortheholidays #familyvisits
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RT @Melanie_Corn: At @CCADedu we believe in the idea that #HealthyCreativity begets #CreativeExcellence. And, we’re not alone — science bel…
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Bought some new shoes at the @susanamadrid_sm pop-up a couple weeks ago @ccadedu. Showed them off later that week in LA. Got lots of compliments! I ❤️ 👞👢👠 #ccadalumni #myccad
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#kittenpaws #peachesthecat #catsofinstagram
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Miss my fam, but not sad to be in LA weather for a few days! #NovemberinLA #worktrip #yesiknowglobalwarmingisbad
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At the AICAD Board meeting today @otiscollege. Catching up with my former @cacollegeofarts colleagues. CCA President Stephen Beal did a pretty great job of creating a culture of mentorship and integrity in academic leadership that helped develop many AICAD leaders: President Sanjit Sethi @mcadedu, Exec Dean Rachel Schreiber @parsonsschoolofdesign, and me! 💕 #bestjobever @ccadedu
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#abovetheclouds #worktravel #LAbound
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Voting for the win! I didn’t just get a voting sticker this morning. I got a voting cookie!! #govote #votingmatters #democracymatters
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Susana Madrid Pop-Up Shoe Sale!! Tues, 11/5, 5-7pm, CCAD Canzani Center Lobby. Madrid is a @ccadedu alumna (Fashion Design, 2010) who moved to Italy and went on to start her own luxury shoe brand called Susana Madrid. Don’t miss your chance to see these gorgeous shoes!! Tell your friends! #myccad #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces
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My sweet boy. Halloween 2019 —>2010. ❤️💕❤️
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