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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Sunset on Sanibel Island. #nofilter #springbreak #familyvacay
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Happy spring break, @CCADedu. May you catch up on sleep and/or work and/or a good book and/or your Netflix queue! 😴🎨📚📺 🥰
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‪Happy spring break, @CCADedu. May you catch up on sleep and/or work and/or a good book and/or your Netflix queue! 😴🎨📚📺 🥰‬
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Thanks, Art Director @scottschaafsketch (@ccadedu alumnus, of course) for the incredible behind-the-scenes of @otherworldohio. Can’t wait for the grand opening of this awesome experiential art space!! #ccadalumniworkinthecoolestplaces #experiencecolumbus (first photo courtesy of Ty Wright. #nofilterneeded!)
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Julian & I made individual pails of “dirt” for his birthday party (including chocolate-covered 🍓 “🥕”). #nailedit #momwin
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Sunday morning cuteness. #familypets #copperthedog #simonthecat #peachesthecat #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram
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arms ache avid aeon: fierce pussy amplified | a symposium getting underway now @beelergallery @ccadedu #myccad #contemporaryartmatters #queerart
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Good morning, @ccadedu! There’s a little ❄️ out there, but the ☀️ is shining. One more week until spring break! Woo-hoo!! #myccad #myccadartsign
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Heading back to FL soon to meet up with @CCADedu alumni. Join me and your fellow alums in Orlando on March 14! https://t.…
6 months 3 weeks ago
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Heading back to Florida in a couple weeks to see my favorite things — lizards, flowers, and @ccadedu alumni, of course! Come meet up with me and fellow alums in Orlando on March 14! #myccad #ccadalumni (Oh, and I’m also excited to see my folks!) 😄
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“When you’re most authentic is when you’re most effective.” Good advice from a great colleague, and perfect end to the week. Thanks @seventh_son_brewing for being a great spot for a convo.
6 months 3 weeks ago
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Wednesday @ccadedu had an incredible #unplugged day. Students hung out together off their devices. Together, we planted succulents, perfected yoga poses, commissioned valentines, snacked, laughed, and learned. Who could ask for a better day?! #myccad #lovemyjob 📸 by Ty Wright.
7 months ago
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Happy Valentine’s Day to my two favorite guys! (And check out those awesome @ccadedu sweatshirts!) #myloves #myccad #shopccad
7 months ago
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I’m unplugging tomorrow from social media, email, (and my old-people iPhone games, too) because I’m supporting @ccadsga and their efforts to encourage CCAD’s students to spend a day away from their devices — reconnecting with themselves and their community IRL! #myccad #unplug #unpluggedday
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“It may seem obvious, but if you do these things, you’ll be fine. Your ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends will rue the day they left you!” —Marc Lineveldt, GSW Exec Creative Director, speaking @CCADedu Fantastic talk! #myccad @gsw_columbus
7 months 1 week ago
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True love is when your partner sleuths out what hotel you’re staying in and sends you a dozen roses to enjoy for one night when you’re traveling for work on your anniversary. #loveofmylife #eighteenyears @tanner8026
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I am now of the opinion that all food should be “waffled!” @diningccad Great day to eat on campus! #waffleomelette #wafflecinnamonrolls #waffletatertots #myccad @ccadedu
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You know you want a laptop sticker designed by @ccadedu student @annna_gracee! Meet me in The Market at 11:30 to get a free sticker. #myccad #isurvivedthepolarvortex
7 months 1 week ago
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#hamiltoncbus #capacolumbus
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Honored and privileged to have the opportunity to join in CAPA Nite at Hamilton. (Me and the fam and Julian’s friend Emerson) #hamiltoncbus #capacolumbus #artmakescbus
7 months 1 week ago
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Nothing like a super amazing #CongressionalRecognition for @ccadedu ‘s 140th anniversary from the incredible @repbeatty to make my workday! #myccad
7 months 2 weeks ago
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Great show @seanchristophergallery! Young Hearts 8: The Color Of Love. A juried exhibition of @ccadedu student works. #myccad #artmakescbus
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