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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Had to add a bit of Christmas kitsch to my mid century modern office. #santasofinstagram #midcenturymodern #myccad
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Homemade coffee cake for all the faculty and staff @ccadedu. Thanks for giving to the Big Three scholarship fund! #theresstilltime #comeandgetit #earlymorningbaking #myccadartsign
9 months 2 weeks ago
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CCAD.edu/givingtuesday Help our students continue having awesome experiences like this one — Friday sketching with animal visitors from the zoo. Give to our scholarship fund. We need 18 donors in the next two hours! #myccad
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Ummmm...NEED! Another amazing drawing session featuring animals from @columbus_zoo visiting the Cloyd Family Animation Center @ccadedu. Thanks, @bellandpixel #myccad 💕😊👏🏼
9 months 2 weeks ago
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‪We still need 34 donors for our “Big Three” scholarship challenge by tomorrow night. Will you help me reach our 100 donor challenge? CCAD.edu/givingtuesday Every penny goes right into student scholarships in honor of three amazing members of the @CCADedu family. ‬And I’m matching every gift with a $20 donation of my own. #myccad
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RT @Melanie_Corn: We still need 34 donors by tomorrow night. Will you help me reach our 100 donor challenge? Every penny goes right into st…
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Sky over western Illinois. Left the kid with the grandparents for a short trip with my love. #roadtrip #bigsky #reconnecting
9 months 4 weeks ago
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3 of our @ccadedu family members—Stew McKissick, Ric Petry, & Jeff Fisher—are retiring this spring. To honor their 💯years here, we are creating 3 endowed student scholarships in their names. Please join me this #GivingTuesday by making a gift to student scholarships on (or before) Nov.27. First 100 gifts will be amplified by a $15 match from CCAD alumnus David Patch - and I added my own $20/donor match as well! Link in bio #myccad #thebigthree
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#icestorm
10 months ago
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‪Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards happening now @CCADedu. Our own CFO & SVP @Jeff rey_a_fisher receives the @thediscoverydistrict Unsung Hero Award. Congrats!! 🎉🍾‬
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#caldersflamingo #alexandercalder #funwithphotoediting
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Still Sears Tower to me. #searstower #searstowerforever #willistower #caldersflamingo
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I rarely use Facebook, so when I got on there the other day, I saw all these photos other people had taken of me at events. A fun walk down #memorylane. #betterthanselfies
10 months 1 week ago
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@ccadedu MDes students Kendra Rabineau (giving a provocative talk on the future of 1st amendment, social media, & social norms) & Weeraya Jirawongwaris (questioning the future of citizenship, ID, & body modification) @AICArtDesign 2018 Symposium Artists/Designers/Citizens. Congrats! #myccad
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RT @Melanie_Corn: @ccadedu MDes student Kendra Rabineau gives a provocative talk on the future of 1st amendment, social media, & social nor…
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This is one nice stack of books! #retoolingcritique #aicadDEIconvening #alwayslearning
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We had an awesome event on campus Saturday night. #CelebrationOfExcellence honors our alumni award winners (pictured here w/ fellow alums), and our scholarship recipients and donors. A powerful night! #myccad #ccadalumni
10 months 2 weeks ago
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#nofilter #mums
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Calling all @ccadedu alumni in or near Chi-town! Come have a drink with your fellow #ccadalumni this Thursday, 5:30-7:30, at On Tour Brewing, 1725 W Hubbard St. I’ll be there too!! #myccad #chicagois...
10 months 2 weeks ago
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‪First thing I did this morning? Voted! Each year, my sticker is a badge of honor — a reminder of my right, responsibility, and privilege! Have you voted today? #theresstilltime ‬#democracyinaction
10 months 2 weeks ago
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Love the post trick-or-treating candy sorting ritual.
10 months 2 weeks ago
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#halloweendecorations #spiders #graveyard #halloween #halloweenfun #diyhalloween
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#ostrich #ostrichesofinstagram #thewilds #exploreohio
10 months 3 weeks ago
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Love this work by @ccadedu faculty member Carol Boram-Hays. #myccad #sculpture
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