Advertising & Graphic Design Major

You make a big impression on people — and the world.

Take risks. Influence decisions. Bring people together. Propel social movements. Build businesses. Work with change-makers. Challenge yourself to make everyone see the world — and something in it — in brand new ways. In our Advertising & Graphic Design program, you’ll learn how to mix verbal, visual and interactive media to create and convey resilient, tailor-made messages, using the latest techniques and tools. We want to engage our audience in a way that propels lives, families, communities and cultures forward with a positive momentum. In addition to advertising and design coursework taught by some of the most talented people in the creative industries, your curriculum will include photography, illustration, animation, marketing, copywriting, research, strategy, positioning, target audiences, packing, motion and more — everything you’ll need to make your mark on the world.


You'll have access to:

  • Collaboration areas 
  • Apple computer workstations with dual monitors and industry-standard software
  • Professional scanners and WiFi-enabled printers for free black-and-white test prints
  • Video and photography studio with dedicated Canon 5D cameras and lighting equipment
  • Shared resources around campus such as the Tad Jeffrey FabLab, MindMarket workspaces, print labs and computer labs 

Student and alumni works

  • Advertising & Graphic Design; Zach Perry, Joe Van Hove; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    American Beer Festival Collateral
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Beats Website, Advertising & Graphic Design, Min Lee, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Beats Website
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Parody, Advertising & Graphic Design, Heidi Clifford, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Expressive Typography and Pattern Design
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • PSA Ad Campaign, Advertising & Graphic Design, Kevin Butler, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    PSA Ad Campaign
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Publication, Advertising & Graphic Design, Zoe Rodriguez, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Publication Design
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • DSW/GUCCI, Advertising & Graphic Design, Cathy P Johnson, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Collateral for DSW Gucci Promotion
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • MLS Cup, Advertising & Graphic Design, Graham Fisher, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Experiential Marketing Campaign for MLS Cup in Columbus
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Ullo, Advertising & Graphic Design, Justin Marimon, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Website Design and Product Photography for Ullo
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Lillie Templeton, Advertising & Graphic Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Wondershirts Catalog
    Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Chalkboards, Advertising & Graphic Design, Dangerdust, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Weekly Chalkboards
    Advertising & Graphic Design


The CCAD Advertising & Graphic Design program has a 97% rate of job placement before graduation. Our alumni can be found in all sorts of positions.

Art director
Brand manager
Creative director
Design consultant
Digital designer
Environmental designer
Graphic designer
Interactive media director
Marketing strategist
Production designer
Social media manager
Web designer/developer


  • A&E Television Networks
  • American Greetings
  • Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett
  • BBDO
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Huge
  • Interbrand
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Nationwide
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Young & Rubicam

Credit hours

Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42

Advertising & Graphic Design Course Information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Joshua Bodman, Chair of Advertising & Graphic Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
  • Chair of Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Associate Professor
Associate Professor David Bennett, graphic design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
  • Associate Professor
James Lutz is an Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
Assistant Professor Mark Burleigh, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
Vicki Golden is an Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
Matthew Mohr is an Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor

Notable alumni

Lillie Talbott is an alumni of Columbus College of Art & Design class of 2012.

Lillie Talbott is currently a Concept Designer at LEGO Group in Denmark. A strategic designer, Talbott has previously done freelance work for clients including Wonder-Shirts, Bed Bath & Beyond, Honeybaked Ham, the American Red Cross and Hocking College (where her outdoor advertising campaign earned her several awards). As a student at CCAD, she was part of a team whose rebranding for Ball Jars earned an Addy from the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the American Advertising Federation. 

Lillie Talbott
Advertising & Graphic Design
Dangerdust is an anonymous CCAD-based collective that have garnered national attention for their chalk-based artwork.

A hand-lettering and illustration firm with a sordid history, Dangerdust got their start by anonymously sneaking into CCAD classrooms and adding chalk-based illustrations of inspirational quotes to off-the-radar chalkboards. The passion project gained them national attention, and now the (still anonymous) duo brings their talents to private and commercial clients, including Nike, Target, University of Southern California in Los Angeles and California Pizza Kitchen. Their Instagram has more than 78,000 followers.

Advertising & Graphic Design

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