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Columbus College of Art and Design

We’re one of the nation’s top private art institutions, and we’ve been leading the way in educating elite talent for more than 135 years. Here, you’ll be pushed to think, create and work at the highest level.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)



CCAD is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious art and design schools. We got our start in 1879 — and people have been raving about us ever since. Even Oscar Wilde, when he stopped in Columbus in 1882, said he was impressed that “the capital city (has) a leading art school.”


Planning ahead for your first internship? Whether you’re searching for an on-campus job, volunteer opportunities, or freelance work, Careers Services staff can meet with you one-on-one to help you review your goals and prepare your application materials. Resumes and cover letters are our jam.

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Student services

The Counseling & Wellness Center is here to contribute to your professional and interpersonal success by providing student-centered therapeutic, programmatic and educational services that add to your human growth.

Housing services

CCAD is where you'll find the people who question, who see the world differently, who are passionate about art and design and are excited to learn more. These are your people. From the moment you move into one of our contemporary on-campus residence halls, you'll be part of an inclusive culture in a young city that champions creativity, progress, and diverse viewpoints. Living on campus your first year, which the majority of our students do, allows you to meet people outside of your major, be able to walk, skateboard or bike to campus events and feel safe and secure in a growing Midwestern city.

Library services

Packard Library has quick access to a huge variety of books, electronic resources, magazines, journals, movies, digital images and many more sources to start your creative projects and keep them going.Whether it’s for class research or a personal interest, the library and its staff are here to help you find what you need when inspiration strikes.

ICT services

CCAD has all the cutting-edge tech tools you'll need to turn your creative dreams into reality. Our computer labs are loaded with the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud and other industry-standard software. Plus, we've got 3D printers, laser-cutting tools and plenty of 21-inch Cintiq tablets for you to draw on.

Medical services

CCAD expects all students to carry health insurance that provides coverage for both preventative and emergency health care needs. Students who do not have health insurance or have questions about where to access health insurance options may contact the Student Affairs Office at 614.222.4044.

Student Life

Campus life

CCAD has two on-campus residence halls: Design Square Apartments and Schottenstein Residence Hall. They're both open 24 hours a day during normal college operations and are supervised by desk assistants, CCAD security officers, and a resident advisor.

Sports facilities

CCAD has two fitness centers on campus. The main fitness center, open to all students and employees, is located on the first floor of the Schottenstein Residence Hall. The second center is on the first floor of the Design Square Apartments and is exclusively available to its residents.

Student clubs

CCAD’s Student Government Association is a group of elected students from all years and majors representing the voice of our student body. The association works to enhance your campus experience all year long and ensures that you'll have a ton of options for fun and learning outside the classroom. Want to get involved? The Student Government Association meets every Monday morning and is open to our entire CCAD community. 

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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