- 4 Year
- COLUMBUS, OH
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- Academicsgrade C+
- Valuegrade C+
- Diversitygrade A minus
- Campusgrade B+
- Athleticsgrade unavailable
- Party Scenegrade B minus
- Professorsgrade C+
- Locationgrade A+
- Dormsgrade B
- Campus Foodgrade B
- Student Lifegrade A minus
- Safetygrade B+
Welcome to Columbus College of Art & Design. We’re one of the country’s top art and design colleges, and we’ve been here for quite a while — more than 141 years, to be exact. But while we’re proud of our history, we’re even more excited with where we are today and where we’re headed next.
At CCAD, you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty composed of industry professionals, and a student body of artists and designers who, like you, have creative ambition, talent, and a desire to change culture and commerce for the better. You’ll pursue your passion in the midst of a campus that supports healthy creativity and the development of students as individuals as well as artists and designers. And our campus’ size is small enough for you to build close, meaningful connections with other students, faculty, and staff in and outside of your major — but it’s also large enough to attract a diverse student population from around the world.
We can’t wait to see what you do here.
Columbus College of Art & Design Rankings
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Most Popular Majors
- Illustration57 Graduates
- Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects44 Graduates
- Commercial and Advertising Art36 Graduates
- Fine Arts22 Graduates
- Fashion and Apparel Design13 Graduates
- Photography13 Graduates
- Industrial and Product Design10 Graduates
- Interior Design9 Graduates
- Cinematography and Video Production8 Graduates
- Art History3 Graduates
Animators, rejoice! Columbus is crawling with opportunities to draw from real life, thanks to Cafe Sketch, a class that partners with the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Plus, you can stop by Malt Adult Animation Nites around town, hosted by grad Sarah Schmidt.
- Mix of Online and on Campus10%
- On Campus0%
- Diversely creative48%
- Well Intended4%
- It's extremely close knit community16%
Columbus College of Art & Design Reviews
To address the big negative first - the professors, dean of design, and other staff facilitating projects and student opportunities always go above and beyond (many times at their own expense) to try and fill in gaps where the upper administration should be acting to aid students.
With that being said, it's unbelievable to me the amount of connections, opportunities, experience, and feedback I've been able to receive from the school thanks to the smaller class sizes. It commonly feels like students are finding ways to help bring out the best in each other's projects during classes. I've been at a larger school where it feels easy to get lost in a degree farm, but at CCAD you get to realize your professors value your success.