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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.



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



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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

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.


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Becca Thomas 
Admissions Counselor

I have lived in different parts of Ohio my whole life but I’ve really found a home in Columbus. Whether I’m catching an indie flick at Gateway Film Center, strolling through the Short North at a Gallery Hop, or enjoying mac and cheese at Hot Chicken Takeover, there’s never a dull day in CBUS!



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Marie Cossins
Admissions Counselor

I really love to spend time in German Village! It has beautiful brick streets, lovely houses and interesting architecture. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Columbus and you can feel the history when you walk around there. My favorite spot in German Village is The Book Loft. It has 32 rooms of books in pre-Civil War era buildings that have been combined into one awesome bookstore! My other favorite thing to do around Columbus is play in sand volleyball leagues. It’s a really great way to meet new people!


Ben Yacavone

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.


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Olivia Brown 
Admissions Counselor

I love the different parks throughout Columbus. They are all over the city and each one is different. It gives you the opportunity to be in nature and rejuvenate. I also have a greyhound and the parks are great to take him on walks. Some of my favorite parks are Inniswood Metro Garden (it feels like you're in Alice in Wonderland), Blendon Woods (there are some great wooded trails and a flock of wild turkeys), and Schiller Park (it’s in the middle of my favorite Columbus neighborhood, German Village.)