Core Studies (The Foundation to art and design education)

Skills learned at CCAD go beyond the artistry. Our Core Studies ensure that students graduate ready to face the world and succeed in their professional field of choice. 

CORE STUDIO


CORE FIRST-YEAR

This requirement covers foundational courses for students in all majors. They will learn drawing, design, technology, and business. 


CORE STUDIO (SOPHOMORE YEAR)

CCAD prepares students for a collaborative creative environment by teaching technical skills outside the major of choice. 


CORE STUDIO (JUNIOR YEAR)

Students will learn how to think conceptually and work with students from many different majors. 


CORE PRACTICUM (SENIOR YEAR)

The core practicum teaches students the skills they need to succeed professionally with other artists and designers. 

CORE LIBERAL ARTS 


HISTORY OF ART & DESIGN

It's all about the work, but it's also about how students look at the world. This core class teaches how their major of choice fits in the history of art and design. 


WRITING, LITERATURE & PHILOSOPHY 

This class focuses on teaching how to communicate about and bringing meaning to the student's work. 


SCIENCE & SOCIAL SCIENCE 

From anatomy to chemistry, science informs art and design. Students will gain a broader perspective and will be able to apply it to their works.


BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & MATH

After they have learned how to do the work, CCAD teaches them how to make money.  

CORE STUDIO

CORE Studio provides robust interdisciplinary experience in a broad array of digital applications, traditional and hybrid media and experimental processes. Designed to complement your work within your area of specialization, CORE ensures that you’ll collaborate with students from other majors. First-year courses develop essential software skills through practice in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. You'll also take intro courses dedicated your major, emphasizing studio practice through project research in both historical and contemporary contexts.

After the first year, CORE concentrates on technical studies (second year), conceptual studies (third year) and professional studies (fourth year).


CORE Liberal Arts

It’s about the work. But it’s also about how you look at the world. To be a successful artist or designer in today’s culture, you have to be professional, multi-faceted and adaptable. Your education at CCAD means gaining the technical skills to hone your craft while learning how to think critically and conceptually. Along with your major courses, you'll also explore writing, literature, philosophy, business, art and design history, social science, physical science, and math. CORE Liberal Arts coursework complements and supports our college’s art and design programs by broadening your understanding of what it means to be an art student. Starting in your first year, CORE Liberal Arts courses encourage you to engage with your world intellectually, philosophically and culturally.


Student and alumni works

  • Halle D'Amico, Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Drawing methods diptych
    Fine Arts
  • Kangmin Lim, Wire People, Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Wire People
    Fine Arts
     
  • Madeline Prindle, Female Face Anatomy Study, Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Female Face Anatomy Study
    Fine Arts
     
  • Sol Lewitt Drawing, Fine Arts, Drawing Methods Class, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Sol LeWitt Drawing
    Fine Arts
     
  • Sydney Hulett, 2D to 3D Wearable Art, Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    2D to 3D Wearable Art
    Fine Arts
     

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Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Faculty

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • SMAC Instructor
  • Coordinator of CORE Studio Technology
  • Assistant Professor
614.222.3213
Associate Professor Alice Frenz, CORE Studio, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
614.222.4043
  • Associate Director of CORE Studies
  • Assistant Professor
614.437.7289
  • Assistant Professor
614.437.7453
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • SMAC Instructor
Ernest Viveiros, Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor
614.437.7284
Laura Weiser, Adjunct Instructor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
614.437.7554
Associate Professor David Burghy, Industrial Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor
  • Industrial Design
614.222.4021
Jason Tharp, Adjunct Instructor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Adjunct Instructor
Rachael Rush, Adjunct Instructor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Faculty
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  • Core 1st Year
  • Core 1st Year
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor
Associate Professor David Bennett, graphic design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
  • Associate Professor
614.222.3212
  • Program Coordinator
614.437.7320
Hiroshi Hayakawa, Associate Professor, Academic Advisor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor
614.437.7303
Brittany Campbell, Program Liaison, Fine Arts and Art History, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Program Liaison, Fine Arts and History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Adjunct Instructor
614.437.7311

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