International Students

The CCAD Difference

Diversity moves art forward, and it makes our community at CCAD even stronger. As an international student, you make important artistic, cultural and intellectual contributions to life on campus. Our student body comes from more than 35 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

We’re dedicated to enrolling talented art students like you from around the world. We offer you an array of resources to help you transition to CCAD and the United States. And we’re committed to cultural diversity, with events that promote cross-cultural contact among students and the community. We’re also proud to offer scholarships to qualified international students.

CCAD is authorized under U.S. federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Important Dates to Remember

Early Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Rolling Application Deadline: We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. To ensure space and scholarships are still available, we encourage you to complete your application as early as possible.

How To Apply

To apply as a first-time or transfer student for the fall or spring term, complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the Undergraduate Application form at and pay the $50 application fee.

Step 2: Submit your portfolio, written essay, and transcripts at

What You Need To Apply

Undergraduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts) 

All international undergraduate (BFA) applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed online application with a nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  • A written essay. Choose one of the following prompts and write a 300-500 word essay.
    • If you could have unlimited access to JUST ONE material/medium/tool (for example paint, clay, film, laptop, camera, audio recorder, fabric, laser cutter, pencil, etc.) for the rest of your life what would you choose and why? What would you make with it?
    • Write a story that contains ALL of the following elements: A. Your favorite artist B. A long distance train ride C. Something to eat
    • At CCAD you’re prepared to go out and make the world a better place using your creativity. Describe how you would like to influence society or inspire people using your creativity after you graduate from CCAD.

*Successful essays are creative, completely answer the prompt, and are grammatically correct. (And, yes, typos count against you.)

  • A portfolio. A portfolio is how you show your creative skills and ideas. It can include anything that you have created or made such as drawings, paintings, photos, inventions, robots, installations, films, animations, comics, sculptures, ceramics, furniture designs, things you’ve built, clothing designs, stories, scripts, poetry, etc. If it’s creative, you can include it! Not quite sure what to include? Talk to your Admissions Counselor. They are happy to help! Use your best work, show us how you think, what you’re passionate about, and what defines you as a creative individual. 8-15 pieces are required.
  • Academic records (official or unofficial). Educational records from secondary (high) school and college/university, if applicable, must be submitted in English or accompanied by an official English translation. CCAD requires a GPA of 2.3 or higher. Please contact us if your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement and you’d still like to apply. If you are admitted to CCAD, you will need to submit official (signed and sealed) copies of all of your transcripts before you begin classes.
  • A photocopy of your current passport photo identification page.
  • Proof of English proficiency. Students who are citizens of countries where English is not the sole official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results. TOEFL information can be found at (CCAD's TOEFL code is 1085.) IELTS information can be found at

Minimum TOEFL scores (undergraduate program): Paper 500, Computer 173, iBT 61
Minimum IELTS scores (undergraduate program): 6.0 total band score

Optional items:

Applicants may also submit the following supporting materials:

  • ACT or SAT test scores.
  • AP/IB exam results. If you have results from either exam, you are encouraged to send them because you could receive academic credit for certain scores.
  • A letter of recommendation. This should be from a high school teacher, counselor, or coach – someone who knows you well and is not a family member.

All paper credentials must be sent to:

Admissions Office
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Have a question? Contact us at 614.222.3261 or