CCAD 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.

Upgrade your week with us. We have arranged for a discount rate with a nearby Holiday Inn for attendees that prefer an alternative to dorm living. Just a few blocks away from our campus you can book a room for yourself or to share with a colleague who is also attending. The newly renovated Holiday Inn includes a swimming pool and bar with restaurant to unwind after a long day of creating. Free shuttle service is available although the hotels is within walking distance. If this is the option for you, simply sign up here as a nonresidential attendee and then follow the link below to book your room at the Holiday Inn.

Educator Summer Studio



On this self-guided tour, navigate your way through Columbus’ renowned Short North Arts District and make connections to places and people that could promote your work or offer suggestions for your creative business growth. Get a special gift if you gather all the location tokens and make it back in time for dinner on campus.

Network with Crafting Outlaws organizer and award-winning small business owner Megan Green, as well as other successful creative entrepreneurs, during Happy Hour on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. We’ll follow drinks with dinner and a panel discussion on taking your hustle to craft fairs and tips for opening your own brick and mortar business.

After dinner on Thursday night, visit CCAD’s Ceramics Lab to glaze bisque tiles by raku fire, enjoy s’mores, and share stories with your creative comrades during this last night celebration. The next day, we’ll have a roundtable discussion about financial literacy with Elaine Luttrull, head of CCAD’s department of Business & Entrepreneurship; a sketching; and an exhibit followed by lunch.

Wake up each morning and set your intention for the day during yoga and meditation classes offered on alternating mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. You’ll feel empowered and excited to head to your first session at 9. After having time to grab breakfast on campus, of course.


CCAD Creative Entrepreneur Boot Camp runs June 17 – 22. The deadline to sign up is June 10.

Have a question? Contact us at 614.222.3248 or

Course Dates & Deadlines

March 1 — Registration opens

June 10 — Registration and fee deadline

June 10 — Refund requests deadline

June 17 — Arrival

June 22 — Reception, exhibition, and move-out


Residential: $595* (includes housing, 15 meals, and all supplies needed for workshops)

Commuter: $325 (includes all supplies needed for workshops)

*Limited availability. 


Artists, designers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, makers, and artisans.

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