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.



CCAD Counselor Morgan Carver

Morgan Carver

Senior Admissions Counselor

When I first got to Columbus I was taken by the skyline. The Scioto river makes for a beautiful walk in the grass and seeing downtown. There’s always something to do in CBUS too! CCAD is a very warm, creative and thriving community to be a part of. My goal this year is to try the Columbus Coffee Experience! Being originally from Portland, OR I have developed a taste for seeking out the finest cold brews around.



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.



CCAD Counselor Molly Stagg

Molly Stagg

Admissions Counselor

Having moved back home from San Francisco, I have a newfound appreciation for Columbus. The affordability of the city means that I can treat myself to brunch more often! The German Village Coffee Shop has some of the best pancakes around!



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.