CCAD College Preview program


        College Preview Group Photo

        Dive into art school life—and earn college credits

        Three weeks. One transformative experience. 

        July 12–Aug 1, 2020


        If you’re a high school student in grades 10-12 considering a future in art and design, College Preview at Columbus College of Art & Design will make your decision clear—and earn you three college credits. You'll select a program and participate in classes, workshops, and activities taught by talented CCAD faculty. 

        In and out of the classroom, you'll have opportunities to meet and collaborate with other emerging artist and designers from all across the country. You'll live in one of our residence halls and experience campus and the Columbus community—just like a full-time student. 

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        Comics & Narrative Practice
        Fashion Design
        Fine Arts


        Advertising & Graphic Design
        Comics & Narrative Practice
        Film & Video

        Multi-disciplinary tracks

        Can't choose just one program to focus on? Choose one of three multidisciplinary tracks. This will allow you to sample more disciplines. 

        Track 1 

        Advertising & Graphic Design, Film & Video, and Photography 

        Track 2

        Contemporary Crafts, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design

        Track 3

        Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, and Illustration

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        College Preview Gallery

        Program dates & deadlines

        Sep. 2 — Registration opens | Early bird special

        Dec. 3  — June 1 Regular registration period

        April 1 — Suggested visa application deadline for international students

        May 4 — Scholarship application deadline

        May 15 — Scholarship applicants notified of awards

        June 1 — Registration and nonrefundable registration fee ($250) due

        June 12 — Tuition balance ($3,200) due

        July 12 — Move-in and mandatory orientation

        Aug. 1 — Commencement, exhibition, and move-out


        Have a question? Call 614.222.3236 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.

        College Preview Gallery Onlookers


        CCAD offers scholarships to help students finance their College Preview experience. If you are interested in receiving a College Preview scholarship, please complete the online scholarship applications. Students do not have to register to apply for a scholarship, but applying for a scholarship does not reserve your spot. To reserve your place, you must register and pay the $250 nonrefundable registration deposit. Scholarships are only applied towards tuition balance.

        Merit-based scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate advanced creative and technical skill in their portfolios. Judging is based on your portfolio, GPA, and a personal statement. Please complete an online scholarship application through SlideRoom.

        Need-based scholarships are awarded to students with limited financial resources. To apply please complete an online scholarship application through SlideRoom and fill out the NACAC Waiver Form. The NACAC waiver will be used to determine financial need. We use the NACAC Waiver Form because most schools are familiar with this form and it is a non-invasive way for CCAD to determine need. Your High school counselor or another designated school official will need to fill out and sign form.


        (Or pay tuition balances)

        College Preview Class Time

        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.

        College Preview Classroom II

        College Preview refund and withdrawal policy

        By registering for classes, you accept responsibility for paying for the entire session regardless of the method of payment and/or attendance in class. CCAD does not have an automatic withdrawal policy. Nonattendance does not constitute official withdrawal from one or more classes. To withdraw from a course and /or request a refund, you must a submit a withdrawal form. Tuition and fees are non-transferable.

        Refunds are granted according to the following schedule:

        Registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

        A 100% refund of Tuition balance less $250 nonrefundable registration fee is eligible if withdraw by June 11.

        A 50% refund of Tuition balance less $250 nonrefundable registration fee is eligible if withdraw by July 9 before 5pm.

        No refunds thereafter

        College Preview Withdrawal Form