CCAD College Preview program


        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 fine arts programs 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 Columbus College of Art & Design student.

        The 2018 program runs July 8-28.

        Register now College Preview viewbook



        Art and design majors & minors

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

        Can't choose one program to focus on? Choose one of our multidisciplinary tracks. They'll allow you to sample more areas of study with your time.

        Program tracks

        • Animation
        • Comics & Narrative Practice
        • Fashion Design
        • Fine Arts
        • Illustration

        Minor tracks

        • Animation
        • Comics & Narrative Practice
        • Illustration
        • Photography
        • Film & Video
        • Graphic Design

        Multidisciplinary tracks

        • Photography, Film & Video, and Graphic Design
        • Contemporary Crafts, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, and Interior Design
        • Animation, Illustration, and Comics & Narrative Practice


        Program dates & deadlines

        Nov. 30 — Registration opens

        April 2 — Suggested visa application deadline for international students

        May 1 — Scholarship application deadline

        May 14 — Scholarship applicants notified of awards

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

        June 11 — Tuition balance ($3,200) due

        July 8 — Move-in and mandatory orientation

        July 28 — 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.



        CCAD offers scholarships to help you finance your College Preview program. If you are interested, please complete one of the online scholarship applications.

        Merit-based scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate talent in their creative portfolios. Judging is based on your portfolio, GPA, letters of recommendation and personal statement. Please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom.

        Need-based scholarships are awarded to students who have limited financial resources. To apply please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom along with filling out the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form. The NACAC form will be used to determine financial need. Your High school counselor or another designated official will need to fill out and sign Fee Waiver form.


        Register for College Preview 



        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

        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.

        As part of a City of Columbus initiative, Columbus College of Art & Design is currently undergoing a campus beautification project. Please check for updates on how to access our campus.