High school educators or counselors

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We’re in this together.

At CCAD, we value our strong relationships with educators and counselors. By working closely with you, we can help ensure student success, both leading up to and during their college experience. We welcome the opportunity to talk with your students about how college can help fulfill their career dreams in the creative industry, and specifically about what they can find at CCAD. We would also love to send you some materials about what’s happening at CCAD that you can share with your students. Update your contact information so we can stay in touch, or request printed materials for your students.



CCAD isn't just committed to your students’ success. We want to help you as well. To that end, we provide numerous opportunities to improve your craft, develop professionally and network with others.

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects and the Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design (program pending). Both of our graduate programs are founded on the conviction that the boundaries between media, design disciplines, and even the business space are porous and that unexpected things happen in those in-between spaces. They are communities where students from very different backgrounds talk to each other about their projects and work together to create the future.

Our Visiting Artists & Scholars series brings in brings in a number of guest artists and scholars every semester. You can also hear from guest expert artists, designers, and innovators across our program areas who will share their insight and answer questions from the CCAD community during interactive Instagram Live sessions on @ccadedu for CCAD goes live. These sessions come as part of CCAD’s ongoing commitment to scholarship, inquiry, and creative thinking in which the college regularly brings in leading artists, scholars, and thinkers to share their work and their insights with our students and the community as a whole.


Group Tours at CCAD are available for small groups or even larger classes. If you’d like to schedule a group visit, please contact our Admissions office at 614.222.3261 or [email protected]. Please be aware that group visits take more coordination than our typical visits, so we ask for at least two weeks’ notice when scheduling.

Meeting with us can mean visiting our campus, or catching us closer to your neck of the woods. Throughout the year, our admissions officers travel both within Ohio and across the country to talk to students, parents and administrators. For more information or to schedule a campus visit, please take a look at our Visiting CCAD page.

Seeing innovative, exciting art is easy: CCAD’s exhibitions are free and open to the public. Spend a relaxing evening out at one of our gallery openings, where you and your students can see international, national and local contemporary artists working in a wide range of media. Check out the programming at the Beeler Gallery and in our student galleries to see what’s currently on display and what’s coming up next.



CCAD College Preview is a three-week residential program designed for current high school students or recent graduates considering a future in the visual arts. This program allows students to take classes with our faculty, meet professional artists, learn traditional studio practices and exhibit their work — just like a full-time student at CCAD. They'll live in our residence halls, attend events on campus and explore the rich Columbus art scene. And they'll walk away with three real college credits and a newfound edge when applying to art and design schools.

Saturday Morning Art Classes are available for students in grades 1-12 and range throughout all media and skill levels, providing a high level of creative thinking for young ages.

Creative Summer Workshops are weeklong hands-on courses at CCAD for students in grades 1-12, offering opportunities for students interested in art to develop their skills in a creative and mentoring environment. Younger grades explore the hues and values of color, storytelling and modeling, botanical art, paper toys, printmaking and more. Students in grades 5-8 discover the foundations of drawing, painting, digital media, mini comics and flipbook animation. Students in grades 7-9 look deeper into animation, digital photography, fashion design, expressive drawing, ceramics and stop-motion animation.


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Our alumni, faculty, and students are constantly making news. Check out what they have been up to.

We bet you know a stellar art and design high school who should be on our radar. If so, contact our Admissions office at 614.222.3261 or [email protected].

Check out our portfolio page for tips on developing a strong creative body of work.