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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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

3 months 2 weeks ago
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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

3 months 2 weeks ago
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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

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

3 months 3 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 )

3 months 3 weeks ago
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@julian_cornson and I had a blast recreating the famous unicorn cake. #nailedit #weekendfun #bakingchamps

3 months 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 ‬

3 months 4 weeks ago
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Can’t wait for desserts ... oh, and @leslieodomjr at the @capacolumbus ‘s 50th anniversary gala! #artmakescbus #capacolumbus
4 months ago
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Julian was “Hank” in the 5th grade play. Everyone was fantastic, but, of course, J was extra-fantastic!! Loved watching his adorable expressive face. #midwestliving #westwardho
4 months ago
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When the nouns are disappearing and breaking down so quickly, how do you teach interaction design? Focus on the verbs! — Kristian Simsarian, CCA professor and designer. Thank you, Kristian for sharing your experiences with us here @ccadedu!
4 months ago
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Another incredible collection from the 2019 @ccadedu Fashion Show — designs by Tracy Powell. #myccad #ccadfashionshow @gogirlflyfree
4 months ago
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Congratulations to Kristen Wyant, @ccadedu Fashion Department Outstanding Senior, and all the amazing graduates who showed their work last Friday! #myccad @theclamkristen
4 months ago
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#artmakescbus #publicart
4 months ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: About to head onto stage for commencement — @CCADedu ‘s 140th class!!! Congratulations graduates! 🥳🤩 t.co/CgpSoS0…
4 months 1 week ago
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About to head onto stage for commencement — @ccadedu ‘s 140th class! Congratulations graduates!! 🤩🥳
4 months 1 week ago
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Congratulations to the @ccadedu Outstanding Seniors and Valedictorian! #myccad #ccadlasts #bestjobever
4 months 1 week ago
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@chromaccad was awesome tonight! Incredible weather. Amazing work. Fantastic crowd. Congrats to all the @ccadedu students!
4 months 1 week ago
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Congrats to the CCAD Student Agency (our fabulous in-house design group) for their incredible work! I love everything you do for @ccadedu. #myccad #ccadstudentsatwork
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Julian is CEO of Greater Columbus Arts Council for @jacentralohio #biztown today. #soproud #artscareers #bestdressedceo @tomkatz65
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Congratulations seniors! (If you’re not in Canzani right now, where are you?!) #myccad #ccadlasts #ididthething
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Competitive puzzling with Tanner & Julian...and Peaches. (Scroll ➡️) #bestfamilyever #peachesthecat
4 months 3 weeks ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: So fun to partner w/ @DiamondCellarCo to make this bracelet. Auctioning it off @ccadedu Fashion Show on May 10. Tickets s…
4 months 3 weeks ago
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So fun to partner with an amazing jewelry designer @diamondcellar to make this bracelet. Auctioning it off at the @ccadedu Fashion Show on May 10. Tickets still available! CCAD.edu/fashionshow Join us for the most fashionable fundraiser of the year! #myccad #ccadfashionshow
4 months 3 weeks ago
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Starting now! @ccadedu students come down to the auditorium. Patty Moore is a preeminent designer who is Not. To. Be. Missed. #myccad #womenindesign
5 months ago