Welcome from our President

Dr. Melanie Corn

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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Love the post trick-or-treating candy sorting ritual.
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Love this work by @ccadedu faculty member Carol Boram-Hays. #myccad #sculpture
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#dressforms #myccad
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‪Congrats to all the GCAC Community Arts Partnership Awards winners! Another great event today. #artmakescbus ‬
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#priorities #cheetahs #cheetahenclosure #thewilds
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What do you get when you cross a bear, a mountain goat, a muskox, and a guinea pig? A Sichuan Takin, of course! (But we decides to call it the capybara-bear.) #thewilds #midwestliving #exploreohio #columbuszoo #sichuantakin #drseussanimals
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Early morning flight. #planewing #planewingpic #planewingphoto
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The latest new haircut. Missing my Julian tremendously. Can’t wait to be home. #newhaircut #bangstudios
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Scenes from @p_n_c_a Always enjoy the semiannual AICAD Board meeting and the opportunity to tour peer art and design colleges. Thanks for hosting us in Portland!
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Hey there, @ccadedu alumni! In Seattle? Come out and meet up tomorrow night at 5:30. See you there! #myccad #ccadedu
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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
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RT @Melanie_Corn: “In these times, art and culture will save us.” —Jennifer Reeder, Columbus filmmaker extraordinaire, speaking @CCADedu
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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.
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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
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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
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a pic of this beauty. #myccad #myccadartsign #nofilter #perfectfallday
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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
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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
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‪Held an 🦉 today. That’s it. Held an 🦉. #bestjobever #myccad Thanks, @CCADedu and @bellandpixel and Ohio School of Falconry. ‬(📸 @bellandpixel )
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