Off-Campus Learning

Summer Programs

Summer doesn't have to mean moving back into your childhood bedroom. You can travel to the Irish countryside to continue your studies or take classes in Italy while soaking up the local art scene.

Here are some of the off-campus opportunities available to CCAD students this summer:

Global Ecologies Studio
Ireland

Global Ecologies Studio is a combined art and science course offered to students who are looking to explore their studio practice while examining various concepts in ecology. The class is based in Burren in western Ireland, which provides a unique experimental location in which to explore the relationships between landscape and the social sphere.

University of Arts London
United Kingdom

Located in the heart of London, the University of Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. The school offers courses in art, design, fashion, media, communications and performing arts.

Studio Arts Centers International
Italy

Students can visit museums in Florence and explore the local art scene while taking courses in everything from studio arts and design to conservation, art history and Italian.

Short-Term Programs

Our short-term faculty-led programs are integrated into a semester-length course at CCAD, taught on campus during the spring semester. Travel to the particular region or countries occurs before, after or during a break in the semester. These programs, led by CCAD faculty, typically range from one to three weeks.

Here are some of our recent programs:

International Branding and Product Development
Germany

Students at CCAD are spending the spring 2016 semester investigating international brands and products marketed to a European audience. They're also working on two intensive, portfolio-level design projects with Frog Design in Munich and Leo Burnett in Berlin. And they'll travel to Germany on a 10-day trip to explore Europe's rich design and cultural museums, as well as innovative product environments and showrooms.

The Mythic Irish Landscape
Ireland

Students spent the spring 2015 semester at CCAD investigating the Irish landscape through its history and its expression in the visual arts before traveling to Ireland for a two-week trip. They explored the west coast of Ireland, visiting prehistoric tombs and forts, medieval castles and monasteries and beautiful geographic sites like the Cliffs of Moher.

Typography Communication
New York

Students spent the spring 2015 semester at CCAD learning about the letterform as an element of design and its potential as a means of communication beyond text. Then, they traveled to New York City for a 10-day seminar, visiting firms, studios and agencies that specialize in typography.

Semester-Length Programs

Want to spend a semester abroad, exploring the art scene in London, or learning from world-class instructors in New York? We've got you covered.

Here are some of the places where you can spend a semester studying off campus:

University of Arts London

Located in the heart of London, the University of Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. The school offers courses in art, design, fashion, media, communications and performing arts.

Studio Arts Centers International in Italy

Students can visit museums in Florence and explore the local art scene while taking courses in everything from studio arts and design to conservation, art history and Italian.

A Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) education is not restricted to classrooms in Columbus.

 

Get out there.

As a creative individual, you and your vision are shaped by your exposure to different cultures, perspectives, and surroundings. At CCAD, we understand that. We believe that your education shouldn’t just be restricted to our classrooms in Columbus.

CCAD offers the chance to study off-campus — both at other universities in the U.S. and overseas, with opportunities that range from weeklong trips to a full semester. Whether it’s cinematic arts in Iceland, sketch labs in Costa Rica, residencies in New York or fashion runways in London, you can find a program and place that speaks to you. Art and design shape society differently in every part of the globe. Go see for yourself. 

Benefits to Studying Off Campus

  • International experience on a resume or transcript tells employers that you have great initiative, independence and a global perspective.
  • Immersing yourself in a new culture and landscape is the best way to learn or practice a foreign language.
  • Being in a new environment can be challenging, but it’s an excellent opportunity to get to know yourself. You’ll find out what you’re capable of and discover how far you can push yourself.

Program Options

CCAD has developed partnerships with colleges around the world — from China to Italy — so you can explore other cultures and learn about art and design while gaining a global perspective. Plus, CCAD belongs to the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), which gives our students the opportunity to study for one semester at any of more than 30 art and design institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Current programs include:

How To Apply

To apply for an Off-Campus Learning program (apart from short-term faculty-led programs), complete the CCAD Off-Campus Study Application and send it to:

Off-Campus Learning
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

To study off campus, you must:

  • be in good standing with the college (financially, academically and behaviorally)
  • meet all program-specific requirements
Off-campus study provides Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) students with a new perspective.

 

Deadlines

Applications for spring programs are due Sept. 15. Applications for summer and fall programs are due Feb. 15.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost of studying off campus varies depending on the program, how long it lasts, where you’ll be studying, and what services are provided in the program’s cost. If you’re approved to study off campus in the fall or spring, you may have access to your federal financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid Office to see if there are other forms of aid, scholarships, and grants available for your program.