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CCAD's influence is apparent in Franklinton, Columbus' oldest neighborhood. The arts district is packed with affordable artist studios, emerging galleries, and countless high-tech design companies — all of which are filled with CCAD alumni and students.
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.
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Financing your education
At CCAD, we want every student to have an opportunity to pursue their passion, regardless of their means.
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.
CCAD tuition and fees
We recognize that a college education is a huge investment for most families. So we do our part by working hard to enhance the educational experience and provide value that will accompany students for the rest of their lives. View CCAD's current tuition and fees.
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. Columbus is bigger than Boston, Denver, and Seattle,¹ 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.²
¹ U.S Census Bureau, July 1, 2015
² National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
CCAD by the numbers
Columbus is the No 5 best city for new college grads.
CCAD is in the top 5 of graphic design schools in Ohio.
CCAD is in the top 25 fashion schools in the world.
CCAD is in the top 10 of design schools in the US.
Columbus is the No 1 opportunity city in the US.
Columbus is a design hotspot.
Columbus is the No 5 city in the world in quality of life.
CCAD is the No 1 illustration program in the Midwest.
CCAD is in the top 15% of illustration programs nationally.
CCAD is in the top 15% of design programs nationally.
CCAD is in the top design schools from GDUSA
Columbus is the No 2 city for gamers in the midwest.
Columbus is the No 4 best city to start a business.
Columbus is the No 10 best big city to live.
CCAD is in the top 15% of animation programs nationally.
CCAD is a recognized Toon Boom Centre of Excellence.
Columbus is the No 3 best city for new grads.
Columbus is the No 6 best place for creatives.
Columbus is the No 5 best market for grads.
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