Columbus College Of Art And Design

Welcome to Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), one of the largest and oldest private art colleges in the United States. Recognized as a leader in visual arts education and as a resource for artists and the community, CCAD advances a distinct learning culture by blending a tradition of professionalism and a commitment to quality with a solid education in the fundamentals of art and the humanities.

More than 1,300 students from 40 states and 30 foreign countries are enrolled in our four-year program of study, pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in one or more of seven majors: Advertising and Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts (including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and glassblowing), Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Media Studies (including photography, digital imaging, video and film, storyboard and computer animation, and photo illustration). In addition to major areas of concentration, we offer specialized courses of study in animation, art therapy, computer graphics, fashion illustration, product design, package design, and photography.

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United States

107 North Ninth Street
Phone: 614.224.9101
Fax: 614.222.4040

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Our Aims

Columbus College of Art & Design, a private, four-year, degree-granting institution of higher education, prepares tomorrow’s creative leaders for professional careers. With a history of commitment to fundamentals and quality, CCAD advances a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning culture that supports individual development in art, design, and the humanities.  

Location and Getting there

College address
Columbus College of Art & Design
107 North Ninth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

614.224.9101 tel
614.222.4040 fax  

News and Events

Women In Animation: A Columbus College of Art & Design Symposium
February 21, 2007—Animation is not just for Saturday morning cartoons anymore. It’s become a common element of feature films, computer games, advertising, online media, and television.

Recognizing the importance of this medium, CCAD is hosting a four-day symposium to celebrate the achievements of women in animation and to acquaint young women with career opportunities in the profession.

The symposium, which is open to the public and free of charge, will be held April 13-16 in the Canzani Center Auditorium. Events will feature presentations by seven women from the US and the UK who are prominent in the animation industry, as well as screenings of animated films by women.  

Information For  Undergraduates

CCAD majors and special programs encourage you to expand your artistic expression and personal point of view. Our goal is to offer you a strong visual arts education to help you launch the career of your choice.

Each academic division has its own page on the website:  

Information For  International Students

CCAD is strongly committed to cultural diversity and dedicated to enrolling talented art students from around the world. In keeping with our goal of creating a global campus, CCAD is proud to offer scholarships to outstanding international students. In addition, CCAD assists these students with cultural adjustments and offers advice on U.S. Government regulations relating to their international status.

Students representing more than 30 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Indian subcontinent bring important artistic, cultural, and intellectual dimensions to life at CCAD.

Students interested in applying to CCAD should contact the Admissions Office at 614.222.3261 or 877.997.CCAD (toll free) or by e-mail for the required forms, procedures, and scholarship information.

CCAD is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  

Student Facilities

The Student Center is located on the first floor of the Loann Crane Center for Design (on the Southeast corner of Cleveland Avenue and Long Street). During regular semesters, the Student Center is open:

Monday through Friday, 7 am–11 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm–11 pm  

Student Support

Financial aid
All students who attend CCAD are required to apply for federal financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are not applying for Federal Financial Aid and have questions about this requirement, please contact the one-stop student services at 614-222-3295.  

Student Life

The college experience is not just about what happens in the classroom or the studio. You get from college what you put into it. Joining groups and activities of special interest to you is a great way to make college life rich, fun, and fulfilling.  


CCAD has residence halls for freshman and a limited number of upper class students. CCAD's on-campus residence halls provide an opportunity for students to both study and live within the CCAD community.  

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

Students and parents are encouraged to visit CCAD by scheduling an appointment with the Admissions Office. Your visit will include a personal interview with an Admissions Officer, a portfolio review and a campus tour. This usually lasts about one and a half hours. Schedule your visit by calling Admissions at 614.222.3261 or toll free at 1.877.997.CCAD (2223).  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)