Capture moments that move people.

As a Photography major at CCAD, you’ll learn how to create original images with meaning as you develop your technical skills alongside your understanding of aesthetics and theory—and how to market yourself and your work. You’ll work closely with faculty who maintain professional practices, and you’ll learn from your peers via the Photography Collective, too. 

And as a CCAD photo student, you’ll have access to professional gear and cutting-edge digital tools, as well as traditional techniques and historical processes—a combination that’s unlike what you’ll find anywhere else. It’s also one that provides you with many career options to choose from, whether you pursue fine arts, commercial photography, start your own studio, or work for someone else.

Course Spotlight

Studio Lighting I Methods and Meaning

Introduces photographic lighting techniques and studio practices in relation to commercial photographic methods. Theoretical and applied components of photographic lighting, as well as technical and design issues through assignments, are derived from real-world commercial photography scenarios. As the foundation of commercial photographic practice, multiple tasks involved in making professional commercial imagery are covered, and both technical expertise and creative process are expected to bring projects to completion.

Photography First Year Experience

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Freshman Year - Fall

Course Title
2D Creative Practices
Systems of Drawing
Art History
Writing and the Arts

Freshman Year - Spring

Course Title
Photo I
What Can a Drawing Do?
Making with Care
Art History
Liberal Arts: Self and Society Course

Photography News

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CCAD alum Derick Whitson (Photography, 2014) features in "Por Los Ojos De Mi Gente" at Baxter St, NYC, showcasing works by POC and Queer artists until July 24, 2020.

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Not too long ago, Columbus College of Art & Design grad Grahm Jones (Photography, 1997) was a kid in Clintonville dreaming of photographing for National Geographic, spending his days among animals, and soaking up the outdoors.

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