CCAD Discovery Club

CCAD Discovery Club is for talented and creative students in grades 7-9 who want a taste of what it is like to attend a great art and design college. You’ll work on collaborative projects. You’ll work as a team on real-world challenges leading toward your capstone presentation. You’ll explore different media and learn traditional studio practices. At Discovery Club, you’ll design and create all while you experience what it is to live on a college campus in the heart of the one of the most vibrant art and design cities in the country.

The 2016 program runs July 24-30.

The Majors

Customize your CCAD Discovery Club experience by choosing your combination of major studies. Each selection focuses on skills and techniques that relate to two or more of CCAD’s different majors. These majors are historically and intellectually grounded, but face head-on issues of today with work that is relevant and conceptually sound. Each day, you will work with your instructor in your major studio for a total of six hours. There will be blocks of studio time for homework or to practice skills demonstrated in class.

Dates & Deadlines

Nov. 1 — Registration opens

May 9 — Scholarship application deadline

May 18 — Scholarship award notification

June 17 — Registration and nonrefundable deposit ($250) due

July 1 — Tuition balance ($725) due

July 11 — Written refund request deadline

July 24 — Move-in and mandatory orientation

July 30 — Reception, exhibition and move-out


Have a question? Call 614.222.3261 or email

Program Costs

The program fee of $975 covers one week of on-campus residence, all meals, all supplies and all costs related to the local transportation, admission and food for off-campus activities.

Financial Assistance

Discovery Club offers need-based scholarships to help you finance the program and further your interest in the visual arts. To apply for a scholarship, download and complete this form. Send it, along with a still-life drawing of five to 10 common objects (simple objects like small boxes, bowls or cups on a table, for example), to:

Admissions Office
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Leisure Time & Evening Events

Each day, you'll have studio time for homework or to explore the skills and techniques demonstrated in class. Evening and weekend plans may include CCAD faculty lectures, off-campus outings and film screenings. This is your chance to explore CCAD’s campus, get more time in the studio and build friendships with others in the program. Off-campus trips may include visits to:

  • the Short North Arts District (including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Safety & Security

We're here to ensure your safety while you're at CCAD. That's why residence hall advisors and campus security staff are available at all times. You’re simply expected to follow all campus housing regulations and our student code of conduct. After you register, you'll find the specific rules and regulations in the information packet mailed to you.


All residential programs begin with a mandatory orientation to get you settled into campus. Housing can be made available if you need to arrive before the first day.