Columbus College of Art & Design is one of the nation’s oldest and largest private art institutions. We’ve been leading the way in educating elite U.S. and international talent for more than 135 years. Here you’ll bring your ideas to life through a rigorous, studio-based curriculum that will challenge you to think, create and work at the highest level. You’ll explore and push boundaries in our state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll grow from close mentorships with world-class faculty. This is the place to answer your calling. A place to unleash your full creative fire. Start your story by applying today.


Undergraduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Ask about first-year or transfer admission for the fall or spring term. Request more information here. Complete the form and we'll mail you additional information about CCAD. 

Graduate (Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design)

For more details on our graduate program, tell us about yourself here and we'll send you information about CCAD.

Additional Programs

Interested in a non-degree option? CCAD offers many courses for youthsadults and educators


Alissa Breakiron

Admissions Counselor

What draws me to CCAD and Columbus is the positivity, creativity, and kindness that people show. The connections you make here are for a lifetime and every day is new and exciting. So, remember to explore, keep an open mind and be adventurous! There are hidden treasures all around.


Angela Jann

Admissions Counselor

Angela loves seeing all the great local and national/international music at places like Ace of Cups, Cafe Bourbon Street, Looks Like Its Open, and the Columbus Symphony. Checking out art openings at Skylab, Wexner Center, Corrugate, Angela Meleca, Pizzuti collection, and No Place. Going to the Columbus Metro Parks, especially Chestnut Ridge and High Banks. Eating at all the restaurants on 161 and Morse Road. And.. the sunsets and thunderstorms on my porch.


Jonathon Neeley

Associate Director of International Recruiting

Taking in a Columbus Blue Jackets game is one of my favorite things to do in Columbus. Columbus also has amazing metro parks just outside the city that are great for hiking and photography.


Sam Hamilton

Admissions Counselor

I love going to the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries. I live right next to the Olentangy River Trail so I walk almost 3 miles every time I want to go to the library in my neighborhood!


Kira Magrann

Senior Admissions Counselor and Transfer Coordinator

Some of my favorite spots in town include Jeni’s Ice Cream in the Short North and Goodale Park with its beautiful blossoming magnolia trees. Also, the Gateway Film Center showcases amazing independent films and supports local artists at their movie based gallery.


Ben Yacavone

Admissions Counselor

I think the thing I like most about Columbus is the consistently growing independent art scene, especially the rising student founded galleries and collectives. I really enjoy going to shows at the various Columbus art spaces, such as Corrugate Collective, No Place Gallery, 934 Gallery, and Wild Goose Creative, where there’s always something going on.