Columbus College of Art & Design seeks to raise $20 million and change.

Central Ohio’s future is too important to be left to chance. Let’s not rest on our success and wait for the future to come to us. Let’s meet the future where it lives — in the here and now. We’re here for it.

Guided by years of planning and many thoughtful conversations within the community, our $20 million campaign Here for Change supports the people, programs, and places that animate CCAD’s distinctive approach to creative education and that make Central Ohio a destination for both working professionals and families.

You are here for change when you fund student scholarships that strengthen our ability to attract, regardless of family income, the world’s most creative students to Central Ohio; when you support faculty excellence that enables us to recruit and retain the finest professors and student success initiatives that work to ensure happy students and healthy career outcomes; and when you give to campus enhancements that improve learning opportunities, community collaboration, and the economic vitality of downtown.

If you can imagine the future, you can plan for it. We can and we did.


The secret is out. Columbus is in.

Strong creative minds are essential to sustainable growth. Fortunately, unlike many cities, Columbus is home to a world-class art and design school. So while other regions struggle to recruit and retain a creative class, CCAD graduates a new one each May. And many of those alumni choose to stay here in Central Ohio, helping us to shape its future.


The future is now.

The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Future of Jobs Report notes that creativity is among the most in-demand job skills, along with innovation, active learning, complex problem solving, and critical thinking. More and more, Central Ohio and the world will rely on these skills that are at the core of a CCAD education.


We have a plan for success.

Actually, two plans. Our campus framework plan and our strategic plan, The CCAD Way, guide Here for Change. Your support will help to position CCAD — and Columbus — for success today and tomorrow.

Student Scholarships

$ 5 M

Create new named merit- and need-based student scholarships


Attract and retain the most creative students


Reduce the financial burden so students focus on their studies

Attending CCAD and completing a degree often depends on a student having the means.

Although a relatively small amount in most instances, in every instance it’s enough to keep that student from fulfilling the promise of their potential. Their loss is our loss. Scholarships change that, and in the process, change lives.

  • 100% of scholarship support goes directly to students

  • Option to specify student major or other attributes

  • Provide new opportunities for high-potential students

  • Amplify DEI efforts so our student body reflects our world

  • Graduate students with as little debt as possible

Help talented art & design students find success at CCAD.

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Faculty Excellence & Student Success

$ 5 M

Establish CCAD’s first endowed chair


Create new endowed faculty positions


Expand services and programs that support the whole student and our entire community

A college is only as reputable as its faculty and students.

A college is only as reputable as its faculty and students, whereas a city is often judged, in large part, by how many graduates remain in the community and for how long. Invest in faculty excellence and student success, and our return is is a higher quality of life across Central Ohio and even greater esteem around the country.

  • Enhance faculty excellence by recruiting, retaining, and rewarding top-tier faculty

  • Increase faculty professional development and pedagogical support

  • Better our ability to attract more visiting artists of note, especially those of color

  • Improve counseling services and wellness programs to support student well-being

  • Boost workforce development services to help students and alumni launch careers here in Central Ohio and beyond

  • Grow programming that equips the region’s workforce with creative skills

  • Expand partnerships so more students have more opportunities for real-world experience

Help CCAD attract and retain the best faculty.

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Campus Enhancements

$ 1 0 M

Invest in a sustainable, whole-campus revitalization project that enhances the student experience


Modernize campus infrastructure, tools, and technologies

The future demands that students think creatively to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing us.

To attract world-class talent, we need best-in-class facilities. Your support will enable us to make the campus enhancements necessary to prepare and produce the exceptional students we need.

  • Final programming and design for the Center for Creative Collaboration are in the works right now at award-winning AECOM

  • Open the Center for Creative Collaboration, establishing a new interdisciplinary makers space and collaboration hub including flexible classrooms and project-based learning labs

  • Centralize and connect many community and corporate partnership offices that serve students, alumni, and the community

  • Provide student life amenities that promote connection and balance

  • Support downtown development with a beautiful East-side open space for and gateway to CCAD’s campus, the Discovery District, and downtown Columbus

Help CCAD become the hub of creativity in Central Ohio.

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