Adult art and design learning opportunities

It’s never too late to learn a new skill.

Creativity has no age limit. More life experience means more inspiration to pull from when you’re creating. Whether you’ve always wanted to try ceramics, are interested in oil painting, or are a professional looking for new skills to add to your resume, CCAD has a class for you. Step onto the campus of one of the top 10 design schools in the nation and learn from our talented faculty. We offer weekend art and design classes and workshops and courses for professionals.

 Weekend art & design classes 

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CCAD’s popular art classes for adults range from oil painting to jewelry making and offer you the chance to discover a new passion or strengthen your skills. 

Spring registration: Dec. 1, 2021–Jan. 3, 2022

Class dates:
Jan. 29–April 9, 2022
No classes March 19, 2022

All sessions are 9–11:30 a.m. Saturdays

Cost: $350


 Professional studies programs 

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Whether you want to update your skills, thrive as an artist, start your own business, or shift your career path, starting this fall CCAD is offering creative professional courses and workshops designed to meet your needs. CCAD has hosted a variety of classes geared toward providing support for your creative professional endeavors, from a one-time workshop on how to craft the perfect pitch and work with the media to a six-week online course on financial skills for creatives. Learn about upcoming opportunities below. Our spring 2022 offerings will be announced soon. 

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Fund Your Art: Grant Writing Bootcamp

Thursday, Dec. 2; Tuesday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 9; and Tuesday, Dec. 14
7–9 p.m.
CCAD campus or virtually
Cost: $250; $200  for CCAD  alumni
Registration opens: Oct. 8
Registration deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

Update: We're now offering these courses virtually as well as in-person, to better suit your needs.

And that's not all! By signing up for our bootcamp, you're also eligible for a free, 30-minute individual follow up session (or half off the cost of a one-hour session) from Tiffany Nobles.

You have big ideas for your creative endeavors, but you don’t have the funding to realize them. Sound familiar? We can help. CCAD and grant professional Tiffany Nobles, MPA, GPC, have teamed up for a four-session intensive grant writing bootcamp for creative professionals who are ready to take their work to the next level. In this course, you’ll take a deep dive into techniques to build your long-term funding strategy and gain critical insights into just how funding works and how it can be attainable for you. The course will delve into such topics as:

  1. grant terminology

  2. exploring grant opportunities 

  3. avoiding scams

  4. getting over the intimidation of the process

  5. zeroing in on your project goals and needs

  6. developing storytelling skills for your proposals

  7. organizing documentation

  8. building relationships with funders

… and many more insights from Noble, a fundraising expert who has raised more than $20 million in funding via grants and is here to share her knowledge with you! Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Thursday, Dec. 2, Session 1: Funding basics    

  2. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Session 2: Grants research

  3. Thursday, Dec. 9, Session 3: Applying

  4. Tuesday, Dec. 14, Session 4: You got the money, now what? 


Past workshops have included: 

  1. The new normal for networking: connecting during a pandemic​​​​​​
  2. Crafting the perfect pitch: working with the media
  3. Thriving financially: skills for creatives

Are you a veteran or a CCAD alum?

Veterans can save 10%, and this fall CCAD alumni can save 20%, on all CCAD Continuing & Professional Studies classes, including weekend and evening classes and professional workshops. Email to get your promo code.

Ready for an even bigger commitment? We’ve got just the thing for you. 

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 credit (subject to prerequisites):

  • BFA courses for fall, spring, and summer
  • Tuition: $1,521 per credit hour
  • Registration fee: $60 per semester
  • General fee: $125 per semester
  • Technology fee: $250 per semester
  • Students also pay lab fees attached to the course if applicable
    • Financial aid is not available to non-degree-seeking students
    • Registration and 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.
  • BFA degree courses will not count toward a degree until you’re accepted to CCAD through the regular admissions process. Visit for more information. 
  • Non-degree-seeking students who want to take classes for credit can take up to three BFA classes for credit. After three BFA classes, non-degree-seeking students will need to enroll as traditional undergraduate students or take classes through CCAD's Continuing & Professional Studies program.
  • As of fall 2020, CCAD will no longer allow non-degree-seeking students to audit classes. 

To enroll as a non-degree-seeking student, contact Continuing & Professional Studies at CCAD at 614.222.3248 or

Want to learn more about future classes?

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