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 Design in Innovation Design Strategies. 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.

Faculty-to-Faculty Talks are coming to CCAD during Spring semester, 2018. Expert faculty will give short presentations about their work in art and design, focusing on a single project, a creative skill, a presentation of work, or a professional experience.

The CCAD Creative Entrepreneur Boot Camp will take place June 17 – 22, 2018, in the modern professional studios, labs, and classrooms at CCAD. This one-week intensive program focuses heavily on contemporary business practices, from branding your business and building a website to accounting and financing.


CCAD Goes to School is a free workshop that takes place in high school classrooms, offering you and your students a hands-on opportunity to learn a new and exciting approach to creating an innovative class project. The workshop takes less than an hour. The best part is that CCAD provides the instructors and materials. Any class in your high school can participate in this project, which is inspired by the artwork on view at Beeler Gallery, CCAD’s main public exhibition space. To schedule a workshop, please email outreach@ccad.edu.

Workshop schedule:

  • Short intro by the CCAD instructor (3 to 5 minutes).
  • Introduce the class to the artist who inspired the project, using visual aids/videos on the classroom’s AV system (about 10 minutes).
  • Discuss the concept of the project and hand out materials for construction (about 5 minutes).
  • Get the students working. The CCAD instructor will be there to assist students and answer questions. Students will work until 5 minutes before the end of class, allowing time for clean-up. Students keep all work made in the workshop.

During the workshop, the classroom teacher is welcome to participate or use time for other classroom responsibilities. We can meet with more than one class period in the day if schedules allow.

Group Tours at CCAD are available for small groups or even larger classes. If you’d like to schedule a group visit, please contact Teresa Walker at 614.222.3261 or admissions@ccad.edu. 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, contact us at 614.222.3261 or admissions@ccad.edu.

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. We also bring Visiting Artists & Scholars to our campus for evening presentations that are open to the public.



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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We bet you know a stellar art and design high school who should be on our radar. If so, contact Jordan Smith at 614.222.3236 or jsmith.9@ccad.edu.

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