Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus College of Art & Design campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Columbus College of Art & Design

Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

Programs: 

Undergraduate: Fashion Design

Annual Tuition: $34,920

Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico's, Coach, Justice, Kohl's, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, Reebok, Under Armour

New programs and partnerships of note: 

  • In spring 2018, CCAD partnered with Santiago-based shoe company Sitrana for a project in which students traveled to Chile to learn how to design and make high-quality leather shoes.

Enrollment: 85

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1 

Classes Are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 22%

What the Students Say: 

"I would not want to be at any other college. We are the best underdog school and in the future you will hear about many well-rounded, successful fashion designers that have studied at CCAD."

"This is the perfect fashion school if you are unable to travel/afford a design school in NYC or LA. Since going to school at the Columbus College of Art & Design, I've gotten to intern at L Brands at the Victoria Secret Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio."

"I was not taught any professional practices until my last semester. There was very little help by the school to find internships or jobs, as their internship and job fairs usually only had the two brands that they have any connections with."

"Be prepared to work hard. If you are not willing to put in the time and commitment to earn your fashion design degree, this is not the school for you. This school has a very rigorous curriculum, both academic and hands-on. If you are willing to put the hard work and time in, you will be very prepared for many jobs in the fashion industry."

Inside the studio. Photo: Courtesy of Columbus College of Art & Design

Inside the studio. Photo: Courtesy of Columbus College of Art & Design

The Bottom Line: Columbus is now considered by many to be the number-three fashion-industry capital in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles with a growing number of commercial apparel retail companies, including L Brands (owner of Victoria's Secret) and Abercrombie & Fitch based in the area. It hasn't produced any marquee designer names, but many alumni have gone onto top positions at large apparel firms. This school's fashion program is small but hands-on, and the resources and learning opportunities are on par with those at larger design schools.

More Info: https://www.ccad.edu

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Last updated December 2018.