Adult art and design learning opportunities

Continuing Education Classes

FALL 2018
Since its founding in 1879, Columbus College of Art & Design has opened its studios to the community. Now, CCAD’s Community Education program is expanding its course offerings to include evening and weekend classes for adults.
So whether you’re looking to take a deep dive into Adobe InDesign or try your hand at painting or drawing, we’ve got you covered.
Registration is open July 15 – Sept. 9. Check back soon for detailed course descriptions.


Wednesdays | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Nov. 14

Available on Wednesday evenings for 5- or 10-week courses, our evening Continuing Education classes give busy adults some much-needed time for creativity.
Cost: $350 (10 weeks) | $175 (5 weeks)
Course offerings: Advanced Adobe: Photoshop, Textile Printing, Digital Photography, Experimental Drawing, Exploring Mixed Media, Figure Drawing, Special Effects Make Up, Video Essentials, Watercolor


Saturdays | 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 15 – Nov. 17

Available on Saturday mornings for 10-week courses, our weekend Continuing Education classes give adults a chance to connect with their creative sides.
Cost: $325 (10 weeks)
Course offerings: Intro to Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; Sewing & Construction; Watercolor


Questions? Contact CCAD’s Community Education department at or 614.222.3248.



Creative Entrepreneur Boot Camp

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.



Our Doors are open

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.

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

Looking for something else?

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: $190
  • Student also pays lab fees attached to the course if applicable

Courses for credit (subject to prerequisites):

  • BFA courses for fall and spring
  • Tuition: $1,455 per credit hour fall and spring
  • Tuition: $700 per credit hour for summer
  • Registration Fee: $60
  • General Fee: $190
  • 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