High School Educators or Counselors

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.

Educators’ Summer Studio is a studio-intensive course designed for you to try new things, develop meaningful connections with colleagues across the country and gain new ideas to take back to your high school art class.

CCAD’s MFA Program emphasizes fostering private creative roles and marketing your work in today’s creative professional fields. In our two-year, 60-hour curriculum of project-based thinking, you’ll design, create and explain your work to your peers and faculty.


CCAD Goes to School is a workshop where we come to you. In a one-hour workshop where CCAD provides the instructors and materials, your students work to create an innovative class project. To schedule a workshop, please email outreach@ccad.edu. Include a day and time that works best for you and your students, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule.

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 a variety of artists and 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.