Fall 2020 information

We’re here to help you prepare for the future.


Artists and designers are thinkers and doers. They make beauty and meaning out of challenging materials, and they develop creative ways to solve the thorniest of problems. Columbus College of Art & Design is no different.

CCAD’s 141-year history has set a strong foundation for our students’ success. We’ve seen challenges before. And while the COVID-19 pandemic is new to us, the ability to adapt to tough times is part of our DNA.

We understand you may have questions about what fall 2020 will look like at CCAD. While we at CCAD are still ironing out the final details, you should know that our students’ health and safety and the quality of the academic experience are our most important priorities.

Here’s what that means for you:

  • A healthy and safe place to learn The college is committed to following the guidelines and rules set by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to keep our students, faculty, staff, visitors, and others as safe as possible. That means:
    • re-examining the configuration of classrooms, labs, and residence halls
    • adapting to new ways of hosting group activities, exhibitions, class events
    • making additional enhancements to cleaning, safety, and available personal protective equipment 
  • A high-quality academic experience CCAD kept residence halls open for those who needed housing, but moved to remote learning in spring 2020. This speedy transition has been instructive in planning for the fall 2020 semester. This fall, the college will deliver courses in-person and with new guidelines in place for safety and health unless otherwise required by the governor of the state of Ohio. CCAD is:
    • surveying faculty and students to what worked (and what didn’t) in the spring
    • consulting with national experts on remote learning to prepare for a variety of scenarios
    • examining such possibilities as in-person education (including staggered class schedules), remote education, or a hybrid of the two
    • and whatever the educational scenario, we’re paying close attention to the experience of our first-year undergraduate and graduate students, who understandably will need extra support as they transition to learning at CCAD
  • A meaningful extracurricular experience Time in the classroom and in the studio is important, but we know that what happens outside of your curricular activities is valuable, too. 
    • Whatever your interest—professional development, social gatherings, cultural connections, faith-based practices, public service, or anything else that strikes your fancy—at CCAD, you’ll find student organizations that give you the opportunity to improve your leadership skills, connect with faculty and staff members, and make a positive impact on the college community. 
    • Find a list of some of our student-run organizations here.
    • Get involved with CCAD’s Student Government Association, a group of elected students from all years and majors, who represent the voice of the college’s student body.

CCAD is located at the heart of Columbus’ thriving and safe downtown Discovery District, alongside Columbus Museum of Art and other important cultural and educational institutions. That physical space—not to mention the college’s state-of-the-art facilities and labs—is important, but CCAD is so much more than its physical home. Our faculty, staff, and emerging artists and designers together make the college a vibrant place of learning and growth, no matter wherever we are.

CCAD Housing Update

We know you may have been wondering about housing for the upcoming fall semester, and we have a couple of important updates for you! In case you were worried about getting a room on campus, our commitment to you is that any incoming student who chooses to live in CCAD sponsored housing will have a private bedroom, to ensure the safety of our students in our living and learning community.

LIVE Information Session for Admitted Students with CCAD Leadership and President, Dr. Melanie Corn

We understand that you and your loved ones may have questions about CCAD's response to COVID-19 and what to expect this fall and beyond. You're invited to join CCAD's President, Dr. Melanie Corn, and other senior leadership at the college in a conversation on Zoom about what CCAD is doing to keep students safe and deliver them a great education in art and design. Admitted students were invited to join us Thursday, May 28th at 5:00 pm on Zoom. See the video below.

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