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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Congrats to Nicole Massy on her exhibition, The Garden, currently up @ccadedu in the Acock Gallery. Awesome work. I want to own the tree stump! @nmossyart #myccad
5 months ago
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I have countless photos of @tanner8026 covered in pets. Every time, he says “take a 📸” & I 🙄. But, I’ll admit, it’s pretty cute. 🥰 (Scroll to see the even cuter - no offense, Tanner - kiddo.) @julian_cornson
5 months ago
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Ready, set, go! @ccadedu Admitted Students Day begins now!! #myccad
5 months 1 week ago
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#midwestliving #nofilter
5 months 1 week ago
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Just spent a few days doing an accreditation visit at @marylandinstitutecollegeofart. Tons of work but great fun to check out a fabulous peer school. #worktravel #higheredlife #artanddesignschoolforlife
5 months 1 week ago
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This Thursday night, I’ll be hosting @jenibrittonbauer of @jenisicecreams in conversation at 6:30pm @ccadedu. Free and open to the public! #myccad #joinme
5 months 1 week ago
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The @ccadedu MFA Thesis exhibition is up right now in @beelergallery. Wonderful opening last Friday night with some outstanding work. Posting a few hits from the show. Work by: Eric Mei and Chenxuan Zhang #myccad #ccadmfa #ccadmfathesisexhibition @superpandahman
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The @ccadedu MFA Thesis exhibition is up right now in @beelergallery. Wonderful opening last Friday night with some outstanding work. Posting a few hits from the show. Work by: Susanne Dotson #myccad #ccadmfa #ccadmfathesisexhibition @susannedotsonartist
5 months 1 week ago
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The @ccadedu MFA Thesis exhibition is up right now in @beelergallery. Wonderful opening last Friday night with some outstanding work. Posting a few hits from the show. Work by: Grace Korandovich #myccad #ccadmfa #ccadmfathesisexhibition
5 months 1 week ago
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Great day of collaboration and brainstorming in Detroit at the AICAD Business Model Innovation conference. Ready to get to work!
5 months 2 weeks ago
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Board meeting day called for good shoes! #myccad #shoelover #dresstoimpress
5 months 3 weeks ago
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Last week, I participated in a Columbus Twitter challenge to post 7 covers of books I love with no explanation or review. Here they all are!
5 months 3 weeks ago
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Awesome show in the @ccadedu Acock Gallery this week of senior @f___forge ‘s glass and installation work. #myccad
5 months 4 weeks ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: “There is an art to telling stories and telling them well.” -Thi Bui, artist and writer. @CCADedu t.co/HWmOXHHI6Z
5 months 4 weeks ago
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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.
6 months 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…
6 months 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.
6 months 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!…
6 months 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
6 months ago
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Happy to be home, but had a great time visiting alumni in Florida last week! #myccad #ccadalumni #ccadalumniworkatthecoolestplaces
6 months 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
6 months 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 months ago
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Every Florida adventure should include at least one alligator sighting!
6 months 1 week ago
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#myloves
6 months 1 week ago