Employers & Collaborators

Whether you want fresh new ideas through a partnered project, or you need to hire talented artists and designers now, CCAD has the right partnership opportunity for you.


Get fresh, next-generation perspectives on real-world challenges. As a CCAD partner, you’ll help build exciting, collaborative learning opportunities that benefit your organization—and emerging creative professionals. With the help of forward-thinking organizations, our faculty members develop innovative, practical classroom learning opportunities that align with our majors and minors. These collaborations range from semester-spanning projects to one-time ideation sessions. Our partners come from industries of all kinds, from education and healthcare to sustainability and social justice. And they involve expertise in areas such as industrial design, illustration, animation, fashion, and fine art.

Changing the world from inside the classroom.

Hundreds of CCAD students benefit from our community partnerships. Likewise, our partners benefit from the creativity and inspiration that comes from these projects.

I’m really blown away. The breadth and depth of the creativity is just mind-blowing. We love the results.

Bob Wheeler CEO, Airstream Inc.
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Types of projects

There are multiple options for partnering with CCAD on a sponsored project.

  • CCC BIGMO FA19 Charrette004 S Wott

    Sponsored charrette

    24 - 72 hours

    Rapid ideation

    20+ students

    3+ faculty members

  • JP Morgan U Xworkshop3

    Sponsored project

    4 - 8 weeks

    Primarily one major

    10+ students

    One faculty member

  • MDES Cardinal Health Project 33

    Sponsored course

    16+ weeks

    One or more majors

    10+ students

    One or more faculty members

Ready to get started?

Share your idea for a sponsored project with CCAD!

More Information About Partnerships

  • Get fresh, next-generation perspectives on real-world challenges

  • Benefit from unfettered ideation and problem-solving

  • Collaborate with expert faculty and staff

  • Learn new creative methodologies to invigorate your team and approach

  • Mentor and better understand emerging creative innovators

  • Develop hiring pathways for talented students and alumni

  • Make an impact on a real-world challenge

  • Develop your professional skills and confidence (and your resume!)

  • Get feedback and mentorship from professionals working in the field

  • Learn how to work collaboratively with other majors and communities

  • Access unique opportunities and resources (like travel, certifications, etc.)

  • Network for fantastic internships, co-ops, mentorships, and jobs

Thank you to these founding supporters for their visionary leadership and support of the original MindMarket initiative, which has flourished into an ethos that interwoven into every major at CCAD. Their impact continues to strengthen the lives and futures of our students and alumni today and beyond.

Founding supporters

  • Huntington Bank
  • L Brands Foundation
  • Wolfe Associates, Inc.
  • City of Columbus
  • Franklin County
  • Corna Kokosing Construction Co.
  • Ingram-White Castle Foundation
  • Beverly A. Ryan

Other ways to connect with CCAD students

Recruit on Campus

Contact us to learn more about upcoming career fairs and other recruiting events.

Post a Job or Internship

Need art and design talent? Post a job or internship on the CCAD job board.