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Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus College of Art and Design, which clocks in at 1300 students (monstrous for an art school), offers a flood of majors in its seven divisions: advertising design, retail advertising, industrial design, interior design, illustration, fine arts, and photography. Think of CCAD the next time you get a bicentennial dollar silver dollar; its designer is an alum.

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Columbus College of Art and Design, which clocks in at 1300 students (monstrous for an art school), offers a flood of majors in its seven divisions: advertising design, retail advertising, industrial design, interior design, illustration, fine arts, and photography. Think of CCAD the next time you get a bicentennial dollar silver dollar; its designer is an alum.

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Columbus College of Art & Design 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.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,348
Gender 38% Male / 62% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 92% Full Time / 8% Part Time
Geography 73% In State / 27% Out of State / 4% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 41% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 72%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 5%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $300.00. Housing deposit due : May 9. Housing deposit is refundable in full if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

34% of students live on-campus.

74% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Special Housing for International Students

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: libraries, student center, dorms dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available dorms wired for access to campus-wide network
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling minority students services financial aid counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling
  • Facilities: student exhibition hall
  • Special Needs Services: comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): accelerated program cooperative education cross-registration double major english as a second language (esl) independent study internships honors program visiting/exchange student program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (26%), Commercial and Advertising Art (18%), Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other (16%), Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other (16%), Fashion/Apparel Design (9%), Industrial and Product Design (6%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional design of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. Includes instruction in apparel design; accessory design; the design of men's', women's', and children's' wear; flat pattern design; computer-assisted design and manufacturing; concept planning; designing in specific materials; labor and cost analysis; history of fashion; fabric art and printing; and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fashion Designers
Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Administration & Faculty

President Dennison W Griffith
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 75
Student : Faculty Ratio 11 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 64 : 36
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 85.5% accepted of 683 applications

59% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
18% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
6% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 25
English19 - 26
Math17 - 24
Writing6 - 8
 
SATMath450 - 570
Reading470 - 610
Writing460 - 580

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability, Academic GPA

Important: Level Of Applicants Interest

Also Considered: Work Experience, First Generation College Student, Geographical Residence, Interview, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, State Residency, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 2
Science 0 2
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Deadlines

December

1

Early Action
August

22

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $25,260 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $25,106
$30K-$48K $12,737
$48K-$75K $18,375
$75K-$110K $25,234
$110K+ $23,270

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $28,872, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,872 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,518 Same as On-Campus
Housing $7,740 $6,740
Books $3,000 $3,000
Total (before financial aid) $41,130 $40,130

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 78% $6,538
Federal Scholarships/Grants 41% $4,309
Institutional Grants 96% $12,209
Other Federal Grants 10% $1,440
Other Loans 81% $4,986
Pell Grants 41% $3,975
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 23% $2,105
Student Loans 81% $11,278

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.ccad.edu/college-services/one-stop-student-services/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/ccad.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

47% of students graduated on time.

59% of students graduated in six years.

79% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Columbus College of Art and Design graduates is $35,700, according to Payscale.

Rankings

PayScale

#551 Starting Median Salary Rankings

WalletHub

#32 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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