Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus College of Art and Design
Established 1879
Type Private
President Dennison W. Griffith
Academic staff 180 full-time
Undergraduates 1,300
Postgraduates 0
Location Columbus, OH, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations N/A

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a private college of art and design located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Originally founded in 1879 as The Columbus Art School, CCAD is one of the oldest operating art schools in the United States. Located in the central portion of Columbus, the college consists of 10 acres (40,000 m2) and 16 buildings and is adjacent to the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus State Community College. Approximately 1,300 full-time students enroll at CCAD every academic year.



CCAD offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in nine areas: Advertising and Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts (including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and glassblowing), Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Photography, Animation, and Media Studies including computer graphics, video and computer animation. In addition to major areas of concentration, CCAD also offers specialized courses of study in art therapy, fashion illustration, product design, package design. The college offers evening and weekend classes, which usually attract local residents, especially children. The college also has its own exhibition space, the Canzani Center Gallery, which hosts Bureau for Open Culture, an exhibition program for the contemporary arts.

CCAD graduates hold key positions as artists and designers in major companies and institutions throughout the country and abroad. Their success speaks well of the foundation program, believed by many to be the finest in the country, and the constant focus on professionalism. The aesthetic philosophy of the school has been much influenced by the Bauhaus school and movement from Germany in the early twentieth century. Regardless of a student's major—whether they intend to make their mark on canvas or in clay, on film, or with digital images—CCAD places a strong emphasis on the fundamental principles of art and design, and on the mastery of techniques and materials. At the same time, CCAD stresses the methods used in today's professional work environments.

CCAD is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Higher Learning Commission, Member of the North Central Association, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA—formerly FIDER).

CCAD Art Arch.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Darryl Banks, illustrator
  • Nathan Greno, story artist and director (Tangled) at Disney
  • Charles Herndon
  • C.F. Payne, illustrator
  • Keith Pepperell
  • Bruce Wilder Saville

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