Columbus College of Art and Design - Fashionista

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: $35,880

Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, L Brands, Nike, Old Navy, Reebok, Under Armour

New programs and partnerships of note: 

  • Continuation of partnership 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: 70

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1 

Classes Are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 25%

Job placement: 80%

What the Students Say: 

"This campus is filled with extremely determined and hard-working students; although we are in a very competitive major I am surrounded by the kindest students and we're all really good friends which makes going to school so much easier."

"Be ready to work your ass off. We have amazing professors and some not-so-great professors. Those who aren't 'great' are very valuable tools to ask questions about the industry, they just might not be the best at traditional classroom-style teaching. Primary
focus of the major is on traditional American-market fashion, but if you're motivated enough you can design anything you want while still meeting the basics of the course."

"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."

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 2019.