CCAD College Preview program

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Dive into art school life—and earn college credits

Three weeks. One transformative experience. 

July 11–31, 2021


Information about College Preview 2022 coming soon. 

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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Choose a program of focus or, if you can't decide, choose a multi-disciplinary track


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

College Preview 1


College Preview Gallery

Program dates & deadlines

Oct. 15—Registration opens

Jan. 15—Early bird registration deadline (save $250)

May 7—Scholarship application deadline

May 14—Scholarship decisions received

June 1—Registration due

June 11 — Tuition balance due

July 11— Move-in and mandatory orientation

July 31 — Commencement, exhibition, and move-out


Have a question? Email collegepreview@ccad.eduEmail is the best way to seek additional information about College Preview at this time.

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 merit- and need-based scholarships to help students finance their College Preview experience. To be considered for a scholarship, you will provide information that includes a personal statement, your high school and current GPA, a portfolio of three items, and a NACAC waiver form. Apply through this form by May 7, 2021.


(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.

CCAD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidelines set by the state of Ohio regarding COVID-19 prevention, which may impact plans for College Preview. We have numerous new health and safety protocols in place throughout campus, from adjusted classroom layouts to allow for social distancing to a mask requirementLearn more about CCAD's response to COVID-19 here. Specific protocols for students attending College Preview will be shared later this spring. 


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 withdrawn by June 10.

A 50% refund of Tuition balance less $250 nonrefundable registration fee is eligible if withdrawn by July 9 before 5 p.m.

No refunds thereafter

College Preview Withdrawal Form


CCAD's Title IX Coordinator and contact information can be found here.