CCAD Art College Preview Program

If you’re a high school student in grades 10-12 considering a future in art and design, CCAD College Preview will make your decision clear — and earn you three college credits. You'll be able to experience any of our fine arts programs as you participate in classes, workshops and activities all taught by our talented faculty and staff. In and out of the classroom, you'll have opportunities to meet and collaborate with other emerging artists and designers from all across the country. You'll live in one of our residence halls, experience campus and the Columbus community — just like a full-time Columbus College of Art & Design student.

The 2018 program runs July 8-28.

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You'll select one of our programs below to center your studies during CCAD College Preview. This will provide you with a focused, foundational understanding of specific tracks or media within the specialty. You can also choose from one of the minors below. Each of the programs will be limited to 12 seats.

Can't choose one program to focus on? Choose one of our multidisciplinary tracks. They'll allow you to sample more areas of study with your time.


  • Animation
  • Comics & Narrative
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Illustration


  • Animation
  • Comics & Narrative
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Film & Video
  • Graphic Design

Multidisciplinary tracks

  • Photography, Film & Video, and Graphic Design
  • Contemporary Crafts, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, and Interior Design
  • Animation, Illustration, and Comics & Narrative Practice

Program Dates & Deadlines

Nov. 30 — Registration opens

April 2 — Suggested visa application deadline for international students

May 1 — Scholarship application deadline

May 14 — Scholarship applicants notified of awards

June 1 — Registration and nonrefundable tuition deposit ($250) due

June 11 — Tuition balance ($3,200) due

July 8 — Move-in and mandatory orientation

July 28 — Commencement, exhibition and move-out

Have a question? Call 614.222.3236 or email

Collaborative Workshops

Collaborative Workshops are a big part of your CCAD College Preview experience. They give you a chance to work as a team on real-world art and design challenges leading toward a capstone presentation. All students participate in six collaborative workshops.

Program Costs

The program fee of $3,450 covers three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals and all required supplies. Some optional off-campus excursions may not be included in the tuition. Portfolio-based scholarships are available specific to each major.


CCAD offers scholarships to help you finance your College Preview program. If you are interested, please complete one of the online scholarship applications.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate talent in their creative portfolios. Judging is based on your portfolio, GPA, letters of recommendation and personal statement. Please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom.

Need-based scholarships are awarded to students who have limited financial resources. To apply please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom along with filling out the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form. The NACAC form will be used to determine financial need. Your High school counselor or another designated official will need to fill out and sign Fee Waiver form.

Register for College Preview 


By registering for classes, you accept responsibility for paying for the entire session regardless of the method of payment and/or attendance in class. CCAD does not have an automatic withdrawal policy. Nonattendance does not constitute official withdrawal from one or more classes. To withdraw from a course and /or request a refund, you must submit your request in writing to the program Director. Tuition and fees are non-transferable.

Refunds are granted according to the following schedule:

Tuition deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

A 100% refund of Tuition balance less $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit is eligible if withdraw by June 11.

A 50% refund of Tuition balance less $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit is eligible if withdraw by July 9 before 5pm.

No refunds thereafter

Leisure Time & Evening Events

Each day, you'll have studio time for homework or to explore the skills and techniques demonstrated in class. Evening and weekend plans may include CCAD faculty lectures, off-campus outings and film screenings. This is your chance to explore CCAD’s campus, get more time in the studio and build friendships with others in the program. Off-campus trips may include visits to:

  • The Short North Arts District (including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Safety & Security

We're here to ensure your safety while you're at CCAD. That's why residence hall advisors and campus security staff are available at all times. You’re simply expected to follow all campus housing regulations and our student code of conduct. After you register, you'll find the specific rules and regulations in the information packet mailed to you.


All residential programs begin with a mandatory orientation to get you settled into campus. Housing can be made available if you need to arrive before the first day.

Starting February 2018, Columbus College of Art & Design is currently undergoing a campus beautification project. Please check for updates on how to access our campus.