Think. Do. Thrive.
Dive right in. Fearlessly Create. From day one you get your hands dirty at Columbus College of Art & Design.
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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
We'll help you build your brand and introduce you to art and design industry leaders (think Pixar and Hallmark) at recruiting events and internship and job fairs. We'll also help with resumes and cover letters so you can land your dream job.
Get one-on-one guidance from our Advising Office as you create your own story at CCAD. Your advisor reviews your individual academic plan, helps you prepare your schedule for upcoming semesters and guides you in identifying academic goals.
Work it out at one of CCAD's two fitness centers on campus.
Equity & Inclusion
Diversity moves art forward and makes our connected community even stronger. Our Student Engagement & Inclusion office is here to help build a welcoming and supportive environment for you on campus. We coordinate special events, exhibitions, and workshops that explore diversity topics and current events.
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.
Sharpen your writing, improve your time management and study skills, or connect with a peer tutor (we call them Creative Coaches). The Learning Support Office also assists with accommodations for learning differences and other challenges.
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.
With healthy snacks, basic provisions, and plenty of school pride, Ampersand Emporium is stocked with everything you need for a stellar semester. Find us online at shopccad.org
Counseling & Wellness
To thrive is to pursue wellness, practice balance and keep the whole person in mind. It's an ongoing process 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, 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.
CCAD has two on-campus residence halls: Design Square Apartments and Schottenstein Residence Hall. Living on campus, especially your first year, allows you to meet people outside of your major and explore our campus and city.
Abundant creative spaces
CCAD's neighbor, the Columbus Museum of Art, features major traveling exhibitions and its own extensive collection. Plus, it has a new contemporary wing. An outdoor sculpture garden and a top-of-the-line restaurant provide more reasons to go. (And CCAD students get free entry.)