Adult Art and Design Learning Opportunities

Saturday Morning Art Classes


Saturday Morning Art Classes at Columbus College of Art & Design are available for students in grades 1–12 as well as adults. From animation classes to courses in illustration, graphic design, drawing, and more, our classes provide a great way for people with an interest in art to explore their skills and encourage creative thinking. Classes typically run Saturdays, 9–11:30 a.m., and span 10 weeks. Classes cost $325, including tuition, registration and all materials.

Students in grades 1–12 can apply for merit-based scholarships valued at $100 or need-based scholarship valued at $250. There are no entry fees for these scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the merit scholarship or need-based scholarship form.




If you’re a high school art, design, technology or arts integration teacher, your professional effectiveness goes hand in hand with your own personal creativity. CCAD’s Educators’ Summer Studio provides meaningful professional development and impactful creative experiences designed especially for you to take a break from nurturing others and focus on your own portfolio. Experience our new, forward-thinking curriculum firsthand and engage and collaborate with other educators just like you — all in the college’s modern professional studios, labs, and classrooms. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy yoga, films, round-table discussions, and campus outings throughout Columbus’ vast creative landscape.

The 2018 program runs June 17-22. Registration opens March 1st and closes June 10.




Want to learn creative and business skills that will help you thrive in today’s economy? Come to the CCAD Creative Entrepreneur Boot Camp, where you’ll develop the entrepreneurial skills you’ll need to succeed as an artist or designer.

The CCAD Creative Entrepreneur Boot Camp will take place June 17 – 22, 2018, in the modern professional studios, labs, and classrooms at Columbus College of Art & Design. This one-week intensive program focuses heavily on contemporary business practices, from branding your business and building a website to accounting and financing. The program runs in tandem with CCAD’s Educator’s Summer Studio program. So you’ll also have a chance to engage in studio art classes and collaborate with other creatives and educators from across the country. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy yoga, films, round-table discussions, and campus outings throughout Columbus’ vast creative landscape.



For 135 years on Saturday mornings, CCAD has opened its studios to the community. Now, we’ve expanded our program to include adults in a multigenerational experience aimed at developing creative talents in people of all ages.

CCAD’s Community Classes are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays on CCAD’s campus and include the following courses of study:

Adobe Suite
Explore Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and GoLive as you learn about file and graphic types, web design concepts, document creation fundamentals, importing and exporting options, and essential tools within each program.

Get introduced to throwing, hand building, and glazing; learn about different firing methods and surface treatments, and develop a small body of work as you hone your personal style.

Delve into advanced drawing techniques as you uncover your individual style and produce skillfully crafted pieces.

Learn and practice basic metalworking processes and techniques used by jewelers and metalsmiths.

Oil Painting
Develop approaches to painting, look at historical and contemporary, and create paintings that incorporate solid composition, color theory, and strong underlying drawing techniques.

Receive an overview of the media and processes concerning the practice of sculpture. Create projects involving additive and subtractive methods, basic mold making, and carving.

Dive into watercolor painting, exploring transparent and opaque techniques, color mixing, application, texture, and control of the medium.


You don't have to be admitted to CCAD to gain exposure to experienced faculty, cutting-edge laboratories, and a future-focused curriculum. Registration for BFA courses opens to non-degree-seeking students one week before the regular undergraduate semester begins.

Courses for audit:

  • BFA courses for summer, fall or spring
  • Tuition: $1,000
  • Registration Fee: $60
  • General Fee: $180
  • Student also pays lab fees attached to the course if applicable

Courses for credit (subject to prerequisites):

  • BFA courses for fall and spring
  • Tuition: $1,415 per credit hour fall and spring
  • Tuition: $700 per credit hour for summer
  • Registration Fee: $60
  • General Fee: $180
  • Student also pays lab fees attached to the course if applicable
    • Financial aid is not available to non-degree-seeking students
    • Registration, general and lab fees must be paid at the time of registration

Policies governing non-degree-seeking students

  • Students must be at least 18 years old
  • Online registration is not available
  • All prerequisites and permissions must be obtained before registering. This may include a review of your work by CCAD staff.
  • Courses are available on a space-available basis only. You may not register for a class that is full.
  • There is no limit on the number of courses you can take.
  • BFA degree courses will not count toward a degree until you’re accepted to CCAD through the regular admissions process. Contact the Admissions office at 614.222.3261 or email to find out more about applying to CCAD.

To enroll as a non-degree-seeking student, contact our Community Education Office at 614.222.3248 or