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Ellen Ellis 
Admissions Team Lead

I love how Columbus lives up to its unofficial title of a “little – big” city. You can comfortably settle into a small community, neighborhood, or campus and still enjoy all the perks of being in a major metropolis. Some of my favorite things to do are check out the amazing galleries at the Columbus Museum of Art located right next door to our own CCAD campus. From Kehinde Wiley to Pablo Picasso and Isabel and Ruben Toldedo, you can experience the work of some the most talented artists and designers of our time. There’s also a really fantastic music scene here – I’ve seen some really great concerts here ranging from Indie or Pop to Rap, R&B, and Country.


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Ashley Deal  
Admissions Counselor

I moved to Columbus from my hometown in Indiana to experience what opportunities a “little-big” city has to offer.  Besides the art, the atmosphere, and the food, I really enjoyed the easy access to nature that Columbus offers. I spend a lot of time in Wolfe Park but I really love the Franklin Park Botanical Gardens. There’s not only beautiful flora everywhere, but they also teach classes with subjects that vary from the arts to yoga. You can get in tune with nature, and then learn how to build your own terrarium! 

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Alissa Breakiron
Senior Admissions Counselor 

I always thought Columbus to be a treasure of a city. It’s small enough to navigate easily and big enough to always find something new to explore. It truly amazes me that after years of making Columbus my home I am still finding new pockets that I’ve not yet been. As an explorer and lover of outdoors, you may find me biking instead of driving, walking through the Short North, or enjoying some scenery at one of our many parks. Some of my favorite “treat myself” spots are Flower Child for some good vintage collecting, ZenCha Tea Salon for their taro bubble tea, happy hour sushi at Lemongrass, and Pistacia Vera for their delicious macarons. There’s so much more to explore in this growing and adaptable city!


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Emily Houlis
Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor

I love that Columbus offers the perks of a large city at a much lower cost of living. There are amazing restaurants and farmers markets – my favorite is the North Market, which has great options for lunch and amazing people-watching.


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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 140 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.