CCAD Alumni

Our relationship doesn't end when you take that final class.

No matter where you go and what you do next, we want you to stay connected to the family and resources you developed during your time here at Columbus College of Art & Design. Our alumni create and exhibit work all over the world, teach new generations of artists and designers, develop products that change lives, and so much more—and then they return to share insights with current students and fellow alumni, representing CCAD wherever they go. Stay in the loop with stories on CCAD’s blog or by signing up for our email newsletters.

Learn more about staying connected as an alum here. 


Big Mingle Chicago


Join CCAD for Big Mingles

These dynamic meet-and-greet events are organized for CCAD alumni in cities across the nation where alumni are densely populated, aiming to provide valuable in-person opportunities to engage, reconnect, and build new connections with the college, fellow graduates, peers, faculty, and other esteemed members of our campus community.

Next Stop: Chicago, IL.

Big Mingle Chicago extends a warm invitation to all alumni to connect with peers and Illustration Chair John Cairns, while enjoying an evening of games and great company.

The Alumni Office will be providing appetizers, drinks (limited to non-alcoholic beverages) and game play. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Registration closes October 25.


Empower others to experience CCAD

There are so many ways to support the profound opportunity of attending art and design school in Columbus. Every action helps.

Donate to scholarships.

Visit, email [email protected], or call 614.222.3238 to make a gift today.

Celebrate student artwork. 

Chroma: Best of CCAD is our annual exhibition of outstanding student work, selected and curated by faculty. In addition to art and design exhibitions and events across campus, grab a drink, stop by a food truck, and make your way to one of our many one-night only events.

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Share your knowledge and advice. 

What advice would you give new CCAD students? Tell us at and we'll share it with the incoming class—a group as hungry to learn and ready to grow as you once were. 



Learn more about CCAD's Strategic Plan

In March 2021 Columbus College of Art & Design launched a new Strategic Plan, The CCAD Way, which charts the course for the college’s future over the next six years. 

Strategic Plan

Alumni Awards

Columbus College of Art & Design alumni are changing culture and commerce, making a major impact in Columbus and far beyond. Each year, CCAD invites the community to celebrate alumni as we recognize their achievements. The 2024 Alumni Award winner will be announced online in January.





Shop at Ampersand

Show your CCAD alumni pride by wearing apparel from Ampersand Emporium! 

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Benefits & Services

CCAD hosts events like Fashion Show, Chroma, and Big Boo! throughout the year. Interested in helping out with events like this? Email [email protected].

​​​CCAD alumni can save 20% on all Columbus College of Art & Design Community & Youth Programming classes. Email [email protected] to get your promo code.

Help guide students through building experience and connections—and offer your expertise on navigating life and work—in the Alumni Office’s Alumni Mentoring Program!

Alumni mentor applications for the 2023-2024 mentoring session are now closed. Please contact CCAD Alumni Office for question, [email protected].

CCAD understands our alumni may need more help than ever before in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can schedule an appointment with one of Career Services’ counselors through our job board on Handshake or by emailing [email protected]. Meetings will be conducted via phone or Zoom.

In addition, check out this downloadable PDF spreadsheet of resources for artists and designers, including guidance for freelancers, advice on job hunting and interviews, and opportunities for financial support.

Graduates have lifetime library privileges.
To learn more visit the library page
To learn more about CCAD history, check out the CCAD Archives Facebook page.

CCAD is excited to offer alumni the opportunity to sell their work on campus! Learn more here. 

Our process for reviewing applications is temporarily on hold, please check back soon.

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