Introducing CCAD Means Success

At Columbus College of Art & Design, students don’t just learn how to be great artists and designers.

They learn the business and real-world skills they need to succeed after they graduate.

Our alums go on to work at big-name companies, start their own businesses, show their work in prestigious galleries, open galleries of their own, win awards, rock the freelance life, and change the world.

We recently talked to a number of alums, and we turned to the CCAD Student Agency — a group of CCAD student photographers, videographers, illustrators and designers paid to create work for CCAD and real-world companies — to help tell their stories.

Life at CCAD, Image with view of the Quad and Loann Crane Center for design lit up at night against a dusky deep blue sky

You can find installments of our series here:


Value of an Art & Design Education

CCAD President Dr. Corn on Value of Art & Design Education

Creativity Rules

Art School Grads in the Working World

Be True to your (Art) School


Career Services

9 Ways CCAD Grads are the Best at Business

Why Cartoon Network Hires CCAD Grads

Why American Greetings Hires CCAD Grads

Why Ologie Hires CCAD Grads


Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Art & Design Leads to Corporate Success

How One CCAD Grad Went Straight To the Top in the World of Branding

Abercrombie & Fitch Is A Great Fit For This CCAD Grad

Problem-Solving Skills Prepped This CCAD Grad to Soar in the Corporate World

A Creative Career Spanning Decades Has Roots in CCAD Lessons



Be Your Own Boss

A Knack For Paper Led This CCAD Grad to Success

Meet a CCAD Grad Living the Blacksmith Dream in California

Lessons Learned at CCAD Helped Grad Launch Business


The Freelance Life

Introducing The Freelance Life

On Tour With a CCAD Photog Alum

The Studied Aesthetic of Marcus Morris

A CCAD Photography Alum with Great Taste

Freelance Life Lands CCAD Alum in the Swamp

A Cinematic Life for Richard Smith III

The Powers of Cinema

The Freelance Voyage of CCAD Grad Jake Bova

A Variety of Experiences Influence User Experience


Success in Fine Arts

Fine Arts Professor John Kortlander on the Value of CCAD's Curriculum

From Just a Backpack and a Dream to VP and Design Director

King of Adaptation

Move Aside, Mad Men


Redefining Success

Redefining Success

4 CCAD Grads Crushing it in Comics

From Polar Bears to Pythons, Zoo Photographer Gets Up Close With Animals

Sculpting a Creative Life in Rural Vermont

This Illustrator Lives Large By Living Small

From Marvel to Mona Lisa

Playing a New Toon

From Animation to Roller Coasters, CCAD Grad Does it All


Doing Good

Good By Design

Creative Control Fest Brings More Voices to the Conversation

Art & Advocacy: Alum Mixes Art & Child Welfare

Medical Illustrations Require Equal Parts Art and Science


Around the World

CCAD Around the World

Dispatches from Australia: An Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Artist

Dispatches from China: A Harley-Riding Ex-Pat Designer

Dispatches from Denmark: Work is All Play for These LEGO Lovers

A CCAD Education is a Building Block in These LEGO Designers' Careers

Dispatches from New York, Beijing, and Beyond: Dalong Yang Takes His Best Shot


Read more in our previous series CCAD & Columbus.


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