CCAD College Preview

Dive into art school life—and earn college credits
Session dates: July 7–27, 2024

CCS Students: email
for a registration discount code

Three weeks. One transformative experience. 

Ready to experience life as a college student at one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design schools in America? CCAD’s College Preview is the perfect opportunity to learn, create, and thrive on our beautiful campus located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Over the course of three weeks, emerging artists and designers will experience college-level instruction in the morning and professional development, collaborative workshops, and electives taught by practicing artists in the afternoon. 

Students will have the opportunity to see firsthand why Columbus is a vibrant arts destination. They’ll live on-campus during College Preview, and explore the city with chaperoned trips to sites of interest such as the Scioto Mile, Otherworld, and the Franklinton Arts District. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a public-facing exhibition as the culmination of this program.

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 College Preview: Forage Forward

An artist’s community is more than just the people with whom they share their lives and work. It is also the vast, interconnected networks of flora and fauna that inhabit our planet. Artists, scientists, and scholars have studied how plants have grown and evolved alongside our human communities, serving as food, clothing, and even currency

Foraging, or the act of gathering wild ingredients for food, crafting, or artmaking has recently grown in popularity thanks to an online community of foragers sharing their knowledge with new audiences; and has sustained human beings for thousands of years. College Preview: Forage Forward asks students to think about the symbiotic relationship between plants and artists and how they can explore this relationship in their own communities and art practice. 

Over the course of 3 weeks, we will explore public art and conservation efforts local to Columbus such as Columbus Audubon Society and the historic impact artists such as Frederic Church made on the foundation of our National Parks Services

Students will attend their dedicated major classes in the mornings and in the afternoons, they’ll participate in multidisciplinary workshops and seminars that explore contemporary, ancient, and indigenous representations of foraging and its vital role in human history.  


Choose from one of the following major areas of study:

Comics & Narrative Practice
Fashion Design
Fine Arts
Film & Video
Game Art & Design
Graphic Design
Interior Architecture & Design
Product Design


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Program dates & deadlines: 

Nov. 15, 2023: Early bird registration opens

 Feb. 12, 2024: Early bird registration deadline (save $250)

 April 23, 2024: Scholarship application deadline

 May 7, 2024: Scholarship decisions received

 May 28, 2024: Registration closes

 June 3, 2024: Tuition balance due

 July 7, 2024: Move-in and mandatory orientation

 July 27, 2024: Commencement, exhibition, and move-out

 Program costs & scholarships  

The program fee of $3,600 (Cost is $3,350 plus $250 registration fee) covers three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals, all required supplies, mentored portfolio development, and one-on-one admissions counseling. 

CCAD offers merit- and need-based scholarships to help students finance their College Preview experience. More information about how to apply for a CCAD scholarship to come. 

Residence Life & Housing

Please click the button below to learn helpful information about our facilities to help you understand our community expectations.

Leisure time & evening events

Each day, you'll have studio time to explore the techniques demonstrated in your major area. Evening and weekend plans may include CCAD faculty lectures, excursions, and film screenings. Off-campus trips may include visits to:

  • Franklinton Arts District
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Otherworld
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


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. Orientation will cover:

  • CCAD Student Handbook
  • Program schedule
  • Campus safety procedures

Community standards

All students who enroll in College Preview are subject to the CCAD Code of Student Conduct and the CCAD Student Handbook. Learn more. CCAD’s Title IX Coordinator and contact information can be found here.

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.

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.

Please note that classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. Registrants with canceled sections will be offered an alternative class section for their young artist or a full refund for their class registration.

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College Preview FAQ

This program is for rising 10th–12th graders.

  • Full tuition is due on June 1 of each summer session. For more information or to discuss a payment plan, please email
  • Tuition for College Preview is all inclusive: room, board, meal plan, excursions, and art supplies are all included! Students are welcome to bring spending money for our excursions and to purchase food at The Hills Market next to our campus. Students are also welcome to have food delivered to campus, but all dining hall meals will be provided in tuition cost.
  • Due to the logistics of supply acquisition and class rosters, we do not allow students to change majors mid-program. CCAD prides itself on our highly trained teaching artists, who work hard to develop curriculum and request professional artmaking supplies before the session starts. 
  • A core tenet of the College Preview experience is creating a safe environment for students to grow and experience the independence of attending college. If you feel it necessary, you may visit your young artist outside of class time (lunch, noon–1 p.m. or after 4 p.m.). We ask that you schedule your visit around our scheduled activities, as these events have already been supplied with a full student headcount in mind.
  • STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE CAMPUS, with a family member or otherwise, unless for a pre-arranged medical appointment. Please contact our program coordinator at to alert them of any off-campus medical visits with your young artist. Failure to abide by this requirement may result in your student’s immediate dismissal from the program at your expense. 
  • College Preview grants students three elective, non-major studio art credits upon completion. How these credits transfer to outside institutions is at the discretion of their registrar, and will vary on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact CCAD’s registrar at to request your transcript. 

Students will receive 3 non-major elective art credits and have their application fee to CCAD waived upon completion of the program.


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