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

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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.

Check out Dr. Corn's Social Media feeds 

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Any @ccadedu here in Portland? Passing through town, so come have a drink with me at 5:30 today at 10 Barrel Brewery! #myccad #ccadalumni
9 months 1 week ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: “In these times, art and culture will save us.” —Jennifer Reeder, Columbus filmmaker extraordinaire, speaking @CCADedu
9 months 1 week ago
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So much happening tonight in C’Bus, I wish I could clone myself! But happy to be here tonight with @columbuslandmarks celebrating the 2018 James B. Recchie Design Award! Congrats to all the nominees.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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#homemadepie #pumpkinpie #piesofinstagram #fallbaking
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Working on our Halloween decorations. This year’s theme is giant spiders in a graveyard. Stay tuned!! #familyfun #midwestliving #halloweendecorations
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Can someone I know please have a baby soon so I have an excuse to buy one of the new @ccadedu onesies?? Available on campus and online. #myccad #ampersandemporium #futureartist
9 months 2 weeks ago
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a pic of this beauty. #myccad #myccadartsign #nofilter #perfectfallday
9 months 2 weeks ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: This Saturday, 1-3 p.m., @ccadedu in our new Cloyd Family Animation Center — #ccadalumni tailgate party. We may not have…
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This Saturday, 1-3 p.m., @ccadedu in our new Cloyd Family Animation Center — #ccadalumni tailgate party. We may not have a football team, but we can still celebrate with team spirit! See you there? #myccad
9 months 3 weeks ago
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Official opening of the Cloyd Family Animation Center today @ccadedu 🎉🎉 #myccad #coolestdonorwallever
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RT @Melanie_Corn: Held an 🦉 today. That’s it. Held an 🦉. #bestjobever Thanks, @CCADedu and @bellandpixel. t.co/DcLOS0kLi4
9 months 4 weeks ago
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‪Held an 🦉 today. That’s it. Held an 🦉. #bestjobever #myccad Thanks, @CCADedu and @bellandpixel and Ohio School of Falconry. ‬(📸 @bellandpixel )
9 months 4 weeks ago
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@jlythcotthaims shared her day with us @ccadedu yesterday. Amazing lunch discussion with students, and then last night she shared her take on the overparenting problem that is holding back our youth from the self-efficacy and resilience required to truly “adult.” The humor, compassion, and realness she displayed as an orator was incredible! What a day! #myccad (regrammed from Julie)
9 months 4 weeks ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: I’m looking forward to hearing NYTimes bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims speak @CCADedu. Julie will discuss respons…
10 months ago
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Join me @ccadedu on Thurs, 9/20, at 6 to hear NYTimes bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims speak on parenting and the responsibilities we have to one another as neighbors and citizens. It’ll be rad!! Promise. #myccad #howtoraiseanadult
10 months ago
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A few shots from Hocking Hills. Had a leadership retreat down @innatcedarfalls earlier this week. Love that place!
10 months ago
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I had the amazing privilege of hearing President @barackobama speak to leaders in Columbus this afternoon. (Followed by a wonderful Leadership Panel with Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Les Wexner, and Nancy Kramer, moderated by David Gergen)
10 months ago
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RT @Melanie_Corn: I hope all @CCADedu alumni in Cleveland will join me this Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5:30-7:30 PM at Tabletop Board Game Caf…
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Spontaneous summer sleepover on a Sunday meant date night. Yay! Awesome meal on the patio @servicebarcbus And, of course, the best cocktails from @middlewestspirits
11 months 3 weeks ago
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#badpicturegoodtimes #cousins #staycation
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RT @Melanie_Corn: I hope everyone is enjoying #mmwf18. We’re excited to host this weekend. And, I’m looking forward to participating in the…
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Excited to host Making Midwest Fest this weekend here @ccadedu. Looking forward to being on this panel in about 5 mins! #mmwf18 #myccad (#backfromsocialmediabreak)
11 months 4 weeks ago
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#redwoods #magicaltrees #forestgiants #familyvacation #sherwoodforestmotel
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Garberville skies. #garberville #humboldt #sherwoodforestmotel #familyvacation
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