CCAD College Preview

If you’re a high school student in grades 10-12 considering a future in art and design, CCAD College Preview will make your decision clear — and earn you three college credits. You'll be able to experience any of our majors as you participate in classes, workshops and activities all taught by our talented faculty and staff. In and out of the classroom, you'll have opportunities to meet and collaborate with other emerging artists and designers from all across the country. You'll live in one of our residence halls, experience campus and the Columbus community — just like a full-time student.

The 2017 program runs July 9-29.

Major & Minor Studies

You'll select one of our majors to center your studies during your time in CCAD College Preview. This will provide you with a focused, foundational understanding of specific tracks or media within the specialty. You can also choose to minor in any of our majors. Each of the majors will be limited to 12 seats.

Advertising & Graphic Design
Cinematic Arts

Fashion Design
Fine Arts
History of Art & Visual Culture

Industrial Design
Interior Design

Dates & Deadlines

Nov. 30 — Registration opens

April 1 — Suggested deadline for international students to apply for a visa

May 1 — Scholarship application deadline

May 12 — Scholarship applicants notified of awards

June 1 — Registration and nonrefundable tuition deposit ($250) due

June 9 — Tuition balance ($3,200) due

June 16 — Refund requests deadline

July 9 — Move-in and mandatory orientation

July 29 — Commencement, exhibition and move-out

Have a question? Call 614.222.3261 or email

Collaborative Workshops

Collaborative Workshops are a big part of your CCAD College Preview experience. They give you a chance to work as a team on real-world art and design challenges leading toward a capstone presentation. All students participate in six collaborative workshops.

Program Costs

The program fee of $3,450 covers three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals and all required supplies. Some optional off-campus excursions may not be included in the tuition. Portfolio-based scholarships are available specific to each major.

Financial Assistance

CCAD offers scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,500 to help you finance your College Preview program. If you are interested, please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom.

Leisure Time & Evening Events

Each day, you'll have studio time for homework or to explore the skills and techniques demonstrated in class. Evening and weekend plans may include CCAD faculty lectures, off-campus outings and film screenings. This is your chance to explore CCAD’s campus, get more time in the studio and build friendships with others in the program. Off-campus trips may include visits to:

  • the Short North Arts District (including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Safety & Security

We're here to ensure your safety while you're at CCAD. That's why residence hall advisors and campus security staff are available at all times. You’re simply expected to follow all campus housing regulations and our student code of conduct. After you register, you'll find the specific rules and regulations in the information packet mailed to you.


All residential programs begin with a mandatory orientation to get you settled into campus. Housing can be made available if you need to arrive before the first day.