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Columbus College of Art and Design 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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In the Fall intake of 2018, 843 students had applied for admission at Columbus College of Art and Design. Among them, 88% were selected for admission at this college. Thus getting into this college is an easy process if the student meets the eligibility criteria set.

The Columbus College of Art and Design offers 2 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs in disciplines including Advertising & Graphic Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Game Art, and Fashion Design.

  • This college opens applications for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions
  • CCAD accepts applications on a rolling basis but for availing scholarships, students need to apply for admissions as early as possible.
  • SAT scores are recommended for international students but not necessarily required. English Proficiency Scores like TOEFL/IELTS/ PTE are needed from international students.
  • The priority application deadline for graduate admissions is February 1st.
  • The minimum GPA required for being eligible for admission is 2.3. If the students do not meet this requirement and still want to apply, they need to contact the college directly.
  • This college offers a total of $18,571,748 as financial aid every year, to around 1025 students.
  • For applying for scholarships students need to fill a separate application form available on the official website of the college.
  • Scholarships are provided on the basis of the quality of portfolios sent in and so portfolios submitted must be professional and must fit the major for which the student has applied for.
  • The students must attend more CCAD events as the college keeps track of the students attending. All official transcripts need to be submitted before starting classes at CCAD.
  • Official transcripts need to be submitted before the student begins classes at this college.

Special programs offered by the Columbus College of Art and Design

This College offers many special programs including condensed courses or “mini-mesters”, summer classes, honor classes and also many off-campus programs. CCAD has established partnerships with many institutions in the U.S. and abroad for short term and semester-long programs.

Moreover, this college mainly focuses on the creative capacities of the applicant along with their academic records and test scores. The written essays submitted must be creative, prompt, and grammatically correct for creating a good impression.


Application portalOnline portal
Application fee (non-refundable)50 USD 
Acceptance rate88%
Minimum GPAUG Applicants: 2.3
PG Applicants: 3.0
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake seasonsFall/Winter/Spring/Summer
Financial aidLoans, Grants, and Scholarships are available
Work experienceFor some graduate programs

Columbus College of Art and Design Application Deadlines

Students need to submit their applications by the deadlines mentioned below for being considered for admission at CCAD.

Undergraduate Applicants 
Early Application December 1, 2019
Priority DeadlineFebruary 1, 2020
Rolling Application AfterFebruary 1, 2020
Graduate applicants
Summer 2020June 1, 2020
Fall 2020August 28, 2020
Winter 2019August 30, 2019
Spring 2019May 3, 2019

Columbus College of Art and Design Admissions for International Students

Columbus College of Art & Design offers admission to students coming from all over the world. The student body of this college has 7% of international students coming from more than 35 countries in Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe. The students need to fulfill the eligibility criteria, submit the required documents and meet the allocated deadlines.

The admission process is almost similar for both international and domestic applicants but in the case of international applicants willing to study in the US, some additional requirements need to be met.

Application portal: The students need to fill the application form available on the official website of CCAD.

Application fee: 50 USD

Application requirements: The minimum requirements that need to be fulfilled by the applicants while applying for admission at CCAD are enlisted below:

  • A completed application form
  • A 300-500 word written essay
  • A portfolio showing the applicant’s creative skills and ideas
  • Official high school transcripts need to be sent along with their translated copies
  • A photocopy of the identification page of the applicant’s valid passport
  • All results of standardized test scores like TOEFL (Code: 1085) and IELTS need to be sent directly to CCAD as a proof of English language proficiency.

Optional requirements:

  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Results of AP/IB exam results
  • A letter of recommendation

English Proficiency Test scores for international students

International applicants need to submit results of standardized tests like TOEFL, IELTS, ELS, etc. as proof of English language proficiency:

TestMinimum score required for Undergraduate ProgramMinimum score required for Graduate Program
IELTS6.0 total band score*6.5 total band score
PTE academic45-
ELSCompletion of Level 109-

*Students with an IELTS total band score of 5.5 and strong academic grades will have the option to either retake the IELTS or participate in a Skype interview with a CCAD admissions counselor. Students with a 5.5 IELTS, strong academic grades, and a successful Skype interview will be considered for admittance.

Visa process of International Students

Students are required to apply for their student visa as soon as they receive the admission offer letter from CCAD. They will receive an I-20 form from the college which takes around 15 days to process after receiving the completed application from the student.

After reaching the airport, students will not be allowed immediately to enter the country. After a meeting with the immigration officer, the applicant will be granted access to the country.

The following documents need to be submitted while applying for a student visa:

  • Copy of the letter of admission sent by the admissions office of CCAD
  • Signed original I-20 form issued by CCAD
  • A letter containing the description of all the financial details of the student
  • Copy of the identification page of the applicant’s valid passport
  • Receipt of visa application fee
  • The Financial documentation covering the student’s expenses for the upcoming year
  • Receipt of SEVIS fee payment

After the successful submission of the enlisted documents, the student needs to schedule an interview with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Columbus College of Art and Design Undergraduate Admissions

CCAD offers undergraduate programs in Advertising & Graphic Design, Animation, Fashion Design, Photography, Fine arts, Illustrations, Industrial design, etc.

Application portal: Students need to fill the application form available on the official website of CCAD.

Application fee: $50

Application requirements: The requirements to be fulfilled for a successful application for admission at CCAD are enlisted below:

  • A completed application form
  • A 300-500 word written essay
  • A portfolio including original creations of the applicant like drawings, photos, paintings, animations, designs, etc. 8-15 pieces are required.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every previously attended institution of the applicant. All official transcripts need to be submitted before classes begin

Optional requirements:

  • Test results of SAT/ACT
    • School code for SAT: 1085
    • School code for ACT: 3281
  • Letter of recommendation from the high school teacher, counselor, or coach of the applicant
  • Results of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams (these scores qualify for academic credit)

Columbus College of Art and Design Graduate Admissions

CCAD offers two graduate degrees namely Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design. The applicants who will be applying for graduate admissions must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application portal: Students need to apply through the online application form available on the official website of CCAD -

Application fee: $65

Application requirements: The following documents need to be submitted for a successful application for admission at CCAD:

  • Completed application form
  • Official college transcripts
  • Portfolio containing 20 samples of the applicant’s work. It can be a combination of images and time based work. They need to be submitted entirely in the form of digital files.
  • The Project proposal should be submitted in a PDF format. It must include the points mentioned below:
    • Title of the project
    • Description of the project in one sentence
    • The goals and objectives of the project need to be articulated in 100 words. The most focused vision of the project, main objectives, target audience and the reasons must be included in this part.
    • A detailed project description needs to be written in 250 words. The areas or media the applicant will be using to complete the project, the methodologies used, what help they will need from CCAD must be written in detail in this portion of the proposal.
    • A detailed history of how the applicant got the idea of this project must be written, in 250 words. The influencers, sources of inspiration, past training, or work done in this field previously, must be mentioned in this part.
  • Resume or CV (PDF format)
  • Three letters of recommendation from the faculty, guidance counselors of the previously attended institution of the applicant, professional artists or employers need to be submitted
  • TOEFL(Code: 1085) or IELTS scores as proof of English Language Proficiency
CourseAdmission DeadlineAdmission Requirements
Master of Fine Arts in Visual ArtsApplication Open: 13th September 2019Minimum GPA 3.0, Portfolio having 20 examples of best work and 3 time based or a combination of both.
Project proposal of first semester in PDF format. Resume/ CV LOR
Master of Design in Integrated DesignFall 2019: 1st July Next Applications open: 13th SeptemberSubmit description 3 works, education or personal projects having 3-20 visuals (if applicable) in PDF format.
Statement of Intent, Resume /CV, LOR, Minimum GPA 3.0

The acceptance rate clearly suggests that the competition is not very tough and most people who apply get in. The admission process is flexible as they give options in case a student does not qualify some criteria. The admission authorities can be contacted for clear information for that academic year.

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