Develop your craft, earlier.

From the beginning, you can collaborate with students in other majors as your learn essential creative concepts from color theory to fundamental design. In your first year CORE Studio classes, you'll explore traditional materials like pencil, charcoal and paint, and digital tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You'll also start to learn how to sell your work and yourself as a professional artist and designer, and that includes both how to price and protect your creations. For a real competitive advantage, you can even pursue CCAD's business minor while you work on your major.

Inform your art and design.

At CCAD, you'll learn the ins and outs of your major. But you'll also study history, philosophy, science and other subjects in our CORE Liberal Arts courses. And you'll leave CCAD with a well-rounded education that will inform the way you make art and design.

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Student Services

Career Services

We'll help you build your brand and introduce you to art and design industry leaders (think Pixar, Hallmark and Abercrombie & Fitch) at recruiting events and internship and job fairs. And if you need help with your resume, cover letter or interview practice, the Career Services Office will help you refine the skills you'll need to land your dream job.

Academic Advising

Get one-on-one guidance from our Advising Office as you carve out, stitch together and create your own story at CCAD. Your advisor is here to review your individual academic plan, help you prepare your schedule for upcoming semesters and guide you in identifying academic goals.

Fitness Center

Work it out at one of CCAD's two fitness centers on campus.

Multicultural Affairs

Diversity moves art forward and makes our connected community even stronger. Our Multicultural Affairs Office is here to help build a welcoming and supportive environment for you on campus. The office coordinates special events, exhibitions and workshops that explore diversity topics and current events. And multicultural student organizations are here to connect you with other students so you can learn from one another's experiences.

Learning Support

Boost your writing, reading comprehension, time management, project planning or study skills with help from our Learning Support Office.

The Market

Do dining right. CCAD's main dining option on campus, the Market, serves made-to-order pizzas, along with fresh salads, entrées and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Counseling & Wellness

We want you to thrive here at CCAD. Thriving means pursuing wellness, practicing balance and treating our neighbors and ourselves with the whole person in mind. It's an ongoing process, not a final product, and each wellness area in our lives — the physical, emotional, social and intellectual — is important. The Counseling & Wellness Center, which provides free counseling, is here to help you get to know your process and meet your goals.

One-Stop Student Services

Do it all in one place. Meet with your advisor, schedule courses, check on financial aid, make payments, submit address changes, verify enrollment and degrees, process loan deferment and order transcripts at the One-Stop Student Services Office.

Safety & Security

We make sure our campus is a safe and productive learning space for you. And we have security officers on call 24/7.

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Beeler Gallery

Located in the heart of the CCAD campus, Beeler Gallery is one of the city's art and event gems. Committed to consistently rotating the latest and most exciting exhibitions, the gallery also brings the most innovative and creative speakers, from designers to writers to musicians. Students are the first to learn about upcoming Beeler events, all of which are free.


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Cultural Arts Center

Housed in one of Ohio's oldest buildings, the center features contemporary art and emphasizes emerging artists. Managed by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, it illustrates the city's commitment to spreading art within the community, offering classes and community workshops all year long.


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Columbus Museum of Art

CCAD's neighbor, the Columbus Museum of Art, exhibits traveling shows (Picasso!) and houses an extensive collection that includes pieces by George Bellows, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and CCAD alum Aminah Robinson. The addition of a new modern wing, coupled with an outdoor sculpture garden and a top-of-the-line restaurant, add even more reasons to go. (Which is good because CCAD students can visit the museum for free.)


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Columbus Idea Foundry

Based in Franklinton, the Columbus Idea Foundry is a community workshop, learning center and creative space that provides training and access to tools and technology from the conventional to the high-tech. It's a place to meet CCAD students and alumni and network with fellow entrepreneurs, fabricators, inventors, prototypers, designers, craftsmen, artisans and artists.


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Pizzuti Collection

In a historic building in the vibrant Short North Arts District, the Pizzuti Collection showcases work by world-class contemporary artists and designers. Recent exhibitions have included outlandish furnishings like a couch made out of leather alligator dolls by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and a large-scale installation focusing on Chilean artist Patricia Dominguez' investigation of Spanish horses once owned by Colombian drug lords.


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ROY G BIV Gallery

Located in the Short North, this beloved nonprofit gallery shows the work of emerging artists. CCAD students often find their work accepted to this remarkable space. With top-notch curation, the shows are some of the city's (if not the nation's) best.


Wexner Center for the Arts

Located on the nearby campus of Ohio State University, the Wexner Center for the Arts is one of the city's finest exhibition and performance spaces. It's a true treasure, attracting exhibitions by acclaimed artists.


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Columbus is home to the world's largest and most comprehensive academic research facility, documenting and displaying original and printed comic strips, editorial cartoons and cartoon art.


Thurber House

Thurber House is a literary center for readers and writers housed in the historic former home of author, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber. Thurber House has attracted well-known writers like John Updike, T.C. Boyle, Tracy Chevalier and Scott Turow.


Beyond Undergrad

We teach graduate students at the highest level.

Master of Fine Arts: New Projects

At CCAD, the MFA experience is one-on-one. Between you and your art. You and the faculty. You and your peers. You and your future. Here, you experiment, collaborate and create.

And you aren't limited to one medium. Our Master of Fine Arts program allows graduate students to pursue creative excellence through specific projects rather than specific media. So we have illustrators, graphic designers, animators, sculptors and writers all working together.

The program stressed studio mastery, individual scholarship, organization, communication, clarity of thought, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. We aim to educate artists who are capable of taking on interesting artistic endeavors and who also have the skills and talents to make their vision manifest.

Master of Design: Integrative Design

You know how to design. We'll show you how to lead. The Master of Design in Integrative Design provides talented designers and professionals with the tools to achieve leadership roles in organizations and create new businesses. Centered around project-based experiences, our curriculum focuses on business, research, design thinking, leadership, strategic planning and creative asset management. You'll learn how to make the case for design-driven innovation and provide a sustainable advantage to business and nonprofits.

Through a mix of real-world projects and coursework, you'll gain the knowledge you need to navigate the bridge between design and enterprise. And you'll leave CCAD a leader fluent in design and business, ready to help companies and communities become more creative, impactful and competitive in a global marketplace.

Career directions of art graduates at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Financing your Education

At CCAD, we want every student to have an opportunity to pursue their passion, regardless of their means.

What's Available

Funding your education at CCAD may come from several primary sources — some of which you may or may not have to repay after graduation and others that you'll never have to repay. Your final award package may be composed of scholarship, grants, loans and student employment. Each student award package is different, and we encourage you to explore all the funding options available to you.

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To view current tuition and fees, visit here.

Welcome to Columbus

Columbus, with its thriving creative communities, has numerous art and design spaces and ever-expanding districts that are closely tied to CCAD artists and designers. The city has all the culture and amenities of a big city, but in a way that feels accessible and achievable.

Columbus is bigger than Boston, Denver and Seattle, and is home to one of the largest student populations in the country, with 61 college and university campuses and more than 136,000 students in the region.

Columbus was named the most Intelligent Community of the Year in 2015, and we have the highest metropolitan concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in America.

We're a top city for equality. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign gave us a perfect score.

And we're smart, too. So smart that we won first place and $50 million in a nationwide contest to bring smart transportation to the city.

No 1 opportunity city in the U.S. No 1 zoo (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) No 1 science center (COSI)
No 1 ice cream (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams) No 2 best city for new college grads No 3 most fashion designers — behind New York and Los Angeles
No 4 best place to shop in America No 5 most grad-friendly market No 15 largest city in the U.S.