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Columbus College of Art & Design Choose your career field —  it’s growing. Dan Scanlon ’98 directoR, Monsters University

There are the creative fields — and then there are the fields that rely on the creative fields. That is, every field. There’s a revolution happening for creative careers, and Columbus College of Art & Design is at the center of it, transforming talented students into exceptional professionals, in fields that grow stronger and more diverse every year. Creativity is no longer just an element of commercial art or the muscle behind a media push. Whether it’s hospitality or aerospace, every industry now recognizes the role of

creativity, and business leaders know that creativity matters. It’s the essential ingredient to insight, innovation, and thought leadership. It drives both our culture and our economy—taking us from sufficient to magnificent. This is how CCAD makes a difference. These are the careers that matter.

Seong Mo Kim ’10 assistant design and construction manager, D.P.J. & Partners WORKING WITH Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Christian Dior, and Piaget women’s wear

Genoveva Christoff ’09 DESIGNER, Genoveva Christoff

A.G. FORD ’07 ILLUSTRATOR, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Follow the story of the creative economy, and you’ll hear good news and see growth that outpaces everything around it­— especially the economy as a whole. When you start to track the creative economy more closely, you’ll see a trend that grows bolder and angles higher year over year. New technology and new media platforms play a role in this, but sales of things like movie tickets and children’s books keep climbing, too. It’s growth that’s dynamic, robust, and diverse. For individuals who are considering a place in the creative fields, this means opportunities for satisfying, meaningful careers and more jobs to choose from. And as the creative economy rises, it lifts the economy around it.

Mark Mnich ’97 PRODUCT DESIGNER, Priority Designs

“To fuel the 21st-century economic engine and sustain democratic values, we must unleash and nurture the creative impulse that exists within every one of us.” —Steven Tepper and George D. Kuh in their article “Let’s Get Serious About Cultivating Creativity”

Here, you’ll bring creativity to market. The CCAD MindMarket is the only laboratory of its kind in the United States.

Recent Clients

In it, you’ll have a chance to work through real-world art and design challenges alongside faculty and other experts in the field. You’ll be at the table with clients like Procter & Gamble and Harley-Davidson. You’ll even have a chance to incubate your own start-up business, surrounded by the most supportive community available to business-minded art and design students in the country—and take it with you when you graduate.

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Huntington Bank Procter & Gamble Arnold Schwarzenegger Airstream

The creative economy is growing

5 to 6


per year, with jobs for artists and designers increasing 42% by 2018

Columbus is IN the

TOP 10

best U.S. cities for new college grads



of art graduates hold jobs that match their goals Most findING employment soon after graduation

Inka Essenhigh ’91 New YOrk studio artist

Innovation is by far the most important driver of growth and productivity it results in As much as


of productivity growth in modern, developed economies

97 % 85


of U.S. employers say they emphasize creativity when hiring

say they have a hard time finding it

JOHN URBANO ’96 directOR, One Direction’s music video “What Makes You Beautiful”

COLUMBUS IS THE United Nations reports on the creative economy have highlighted a global export market of

more than

$600 billion

and growth rates of more than



children’s AND YOUNG ADULT books increased


117% from

2012 2013 TO

Women’s mid-market and luxury apparel sales are on the rise

and are predicted to increase

45% FROM 2010 TO 2025


$469.1 Million WHILE

ebooks increased by

The top-grossing films OF the last 10 years all useD

computer animation EXTENSIVELY


A top-notch creative job starts with a forward-thinking curriculum.


Material and process dependent

Industrial Design

Fine arts: Sculpture

Interior Design

Fine arts: GLASS

Fine arts: CERAMICS FASHION Design

Foundation Studies General Education

Overlaps indicate affinities: Within year one Within year two

Core Studies


Between majors

School of Design Arts

Humanities Art AND Design History Project-based Learning

In core activities

Fine arts: PAINTING

School of STUDIO Arts Fine arts: PRINTMAKING

Partnerships Business AND Entrepreneurship ADVERTISING


Digital and interaction dependent


Christopher Cole ’89 senior vice president and creative director, Leo Burnett Chicago co-manageR of Allstate Insurance’s advertising creative, including the character “Mayhem.”

Creative careers Every CCAD degree program points the way toward a job in the creative fields. Here are 61 of them. Some paths merge, and others run parallel, but all offer a clear shot at a satisfying career.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” —Steve Jobs

Advertising Art Directors

Art Therapists

work in advertising agencies, collaborating with copywriters, designers, photographers, illustrators, film directors, and production companies to develop creative concepts for all types of advertising.

ANIMATORS work alone or in teams to tell stories and bring ideas to life in feature films, opening titles for movies and TV shows, cartoons, web videos, educational films— anywhere that movement can tell the story better than words.

Art Critics

come from a rich background of art scholarship and are in demand in academia and publishing, playing a vital role in the art industry and lending credibility and context to both emerging and established artists.

Art Historians

work with museums and higher learning institutions to conduct research, preserve ancient works, and teach classes.

use drawing, painting, sculpture, and other disciplines in combination with psychotherapy to treat people of all ages.

Book Illustrators bring an extra dimension to storytelling by creating artwork for books in an industry that has seen surprising growth in recent years, including ebooks and traditional books, and across all genres.

Ceramicists work with clay, glazes, and kilns to create pottery and decorative elements that are used to make jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings, as well as art objects that can command top dollar in galleries around the world.

Character Designers work in the field of film and video as part of a team of animators and concept artists, bringing form and personality to people, animals, or anything that helps tell the story.

CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS meet the challenge of bringing the visual element of a story to life for some of the toughest critics around (in one of the strongest segments of the publishing industry—sales rose 73 percent from 2011 to 2012).

COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATORS represent some of the best-selling authors today, creating graphic novels that are geared toward teens and adults, traditional publications for younger people, and a whole new genre of online and interactive comics.

Commercial photographers work in a wide variety of industries, including advertising, portraiture studios, industrial design, and public relations.

Design Historians

Engineering Designers

Fashion Illustrators

represent a relatively new academic approach to addressing the social, economic, technical, political, and cultural contexts for fashion, crafts, textiles, graphic design, industrial design, and product design.

are essential to the world of industrial design, bringing practical and inventive solutions to life—from conceptualization to research to planning production— for anything that is designed and manufactured.

play a vital role throughout the industry, helping designers visualize ideas, and giving manufacturers and consumers a solid sense of the designer’s vision.

Environmental Designers

work with stage, film, and video productions to make wardrobe decisions for the performers, applying a detailed understanding of fashion design, broadcast media, stagecraft, and storytelling.

DEVELOPERS create software, applications, or websites that do everything, whether it’s running huge and complex computer systems or changing the way we use our mobile devices.

Documentary Photographers work for governments, wildlife agencies, journalists, and any cause-based organizations that are interested in capturing real life compellingly and honestly.

Digital Designers

partner with art directors and designers to generate concepts and copy for the clients of advertising, marketing, and branding firms.

bring a traditional understanding of art and design to the purely electronic realm for web and video game developers, software firms, telecommunications, and film and video production companies.

Creative Directors

Editorial Illustrators

call the shots in creative departments at advertising agencies and usually get their start as graphic designers, art directors, or copywriters.

work with news media outlets to create cartoons, spot illustrations, and information graphics, marrying artwork with written content to create a greater impact for readers.


find work with real estate developers and city planners designing peoplecentric spaces through a wide range of combined disciplines, including architecture, geography, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

Event Designers go beyond simple party planning to stage immersive, sometimes spectacular, experiences by applying their sophisticated knowledge of fashion, interior design, and theatrical arts.

Exhibition Designers are a key part of the trade show industry, using environmental design, logistics, and stagecraft to create engaging and memorable displays, booths, and interactive experiences.

Fashion Designers drive the multibillion dollar U.S. fashion industry by bringing together highly developed design skills, a knowledge of textiles, a grasp of consumer trends, and a solid business sense.

Fashion Stylists

Fine Artists

play a wide range of roles, such as curating exhibitions at museums and galleries, teaching art and art history, operating art studio spaces, serving on arts commissions, writing art criticism, and, of course, creating and selling original art.

Film and Video Directors

oversee all aspects of a production, ensuring that the finished product reflects both the creative vision and the desired bottom line for all types of projects, from big-budget feature films, music videos, and television ads to small-budget training videos, independent films, and web content.

Film and Video Editors

Interactive designers

Multimedia Artists

Photo Archivists



play an essential role in the production of movies, videos, TV and web ads, and television shows, ensuring that the video and audio elements work together to form a cohesive narrative and push the right emotional buttons.

work in the digital fields creating websites, software, and product interfaces focused on creating a productive, intuitive, and ultimately positive experience for people.

find work in a wide variety of fields and settings, creating interactive advertising experiences, public art, trade show exhibits, and any project that involves deep conceptual thinking and dynamic execution.

often work in museums to make their photographic collections more useful and available. They seek to preserve the physical image, capturing the meaning behind them so they remain relevant over time.

work with ink, paper, and a wide range of reproduction techniques to create limited-edition art prints that can be highly prized by galleries and collectors.

work with many different types of media and are employed across a surprising range of industries, including animation and film production, fine arts, education, theater, and transportation and product design.

Interior Designers

Museum Curators


work with residential, corporate, theater, or film production clients to remodel, redecorate, or wholly reimagine indoor spaces, making them functional and attractive while emphasizing an effective use of space.

are responsible for every aspect of museum administration. They create workshops, write catalog essays, ensure security, verify authenticity, fundraise, and write grant proposals.

contribute to newspapers, magazines, and other media forms, combining the storytelling of a journalist with the work of a photographer to create a powerful medium for communication— frozen images.

Game Visual Artists are a key part of the fast-growing electronic entertainment industry. They bring form and life to every aspect of a game—from environments to objects to characters.

Glassblowers create highly valued art objects through the mastery of sculpture, 3D design, color theory, and the daring manipulation of superheated glass.

Greeting Card Illustrators are some of the busiest art professionals of all, creating designs for new categories that are aimed at growing and diverse audiences in the card aisle, online, and beyond.

Industrial Designers are employed across a broad range of industries—from transportation to tools to toys—and are tasked with bringing together form and function to design and create the objects we use every day.

Jewelry Designers

Package Designers

are craft artists who create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

find work in commercial and industrial design settings, combining artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to design product containers that stand out.

MakeUp Artists


are the unsung heroes of the film and television industries, not only for making celebrities look their best, but for creating both dramatic special effects and subtle cosmetic treatments that are essential to the character and the story.

are found in a variety of settings— creating illustrations for books and magazines, teaching art programs at colleges and museums, painting portraits, or selling to private collectors, galleries, and museums.

Medical and science illustrators show us a side of life that no camera or microscope can. Look for their work in textbooks, magazines, marketing materials, and documentaries.

Pattern Makers play the second most important role in the world of fashion, preceded only by designers. They take a sketch and turn it into a garment, making the designer’s vision come to life.

Photo Stylists work with photographers in a variety of settings—ranging from beaches to museums—to set the atmosphere and scene for photos that align with the artistic direction of the photographer.

Print Designers are key players in the graphic design industry, working with images, typography, and graphics to create work for printed media that is often, but not solely, used for advertising purposes.

Printers operate printing presses for the publication of everything from labels to newspapers and magazines, working with computerized technology to ensure proper technique, efficiency, and accuracy.

Product Designers can be found in service, software, and physical product design. Their role is to conceptualize and evaluate ideas, turning them into tangible products.

Production Designers work in film and television, selecting the setting and style to visually tell the story—essentially, taking responsibility for the overall look of a filmed event.

Public Relations Photographers are employed by private, commercial, or political organizations to capture and convey the images that touch upon and address key issues of public concern.

Retail Designers are creative and commercial experts who bring together a broad base of retail knowledge and individual talents to design and construct intriguing spaces and engaging displays that stop shoppers and drive sales.

Sound Designers use audio elements to create desired moods and effects in a wide range of fields, including film, television, web, theater, post-production, and video game software development.

Technical Illustrators use drawing to communicate technical information to the general public—in the fields of science or engineering—and between experts through user/ operator documentation.

Television and Movie Storyboard Artists create a visual representation of the action in a screenplay or script that guides the camera and production crew. They are an integral part of every movie, television commercial, and music video.

Textile Designers create novel designs and structures for knitted, woven, and non-woven fabrics, or the embellishments of fabrics, and then oversee the processing of raw material into a finished product.

USABILITY EXPERIENCE (UX) SPECIALISTS design and develop compelling user interfaces that are simple, intuitive, and beautiful, creating solutions that better connect people to technology.


Visual Development Illustrators perform many of the roles of a traditional illustrator, but without the traditional constraints—they work with computers and 3D design across a dynamic range of industries and teams.

Videographers work in the field of digital media for advertising, film, and television industries—often in live or studio television settings—gathering and producing new stories.

Web Designers create and maintain websites, employing a broad range of disciplines including web graphic design, interface design, and user experience design, and work with standardized computer code to create proprietary software.

“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people . . . will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” —Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind

Daniel McKewen ’06 owner and founder, Seagull Bags

(Here you’ll find both.)

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