Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design

The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), founded in 1879, is one of the oldest arts schools in the United States. Located in downtown Columbus Ohio, CCAD offers both BFA and MFA degrees.

Ron Saks established the CCAD animation curriculum in 1988. These courses served students in Illustration, Advertising/Graphic Design, and Fine Art. In 1997, the Media Studies majors (Time-Based and Still-Based) were founded to house the ever-expanding catalogue of course and track offerings in Animation and Cinematic Arts. In 2008, the Animation major was formally named.

Animation students at CCAD explore and select a concentration in either 2D or 3D at the end of their freshman year or at the start of their sophomore year. Group work is reinforced in the sophomore year, with an emphasis on pipeline management. In the junior year, animation students focus on their digital drawing and animation skills. In the senior year, both 2D and 3D students are reintegrated. The primary goals of this integration are: diversity of craft, production of a personal piece, and one large group endeavour.

Toon Boom Harmony is the keystone 2D software at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Established into the CCAD educational toolkit in 1999 by Ron Saks, the current versions of Harmony and Storyboard Pro are used at all levels of student production (both in Animation and Cinematic Arts). Harmony is introduced in the freshman year and is continued through to the fi nal senior capstone projects. Harmony’s digital drawing workfl ow is key to the production success of the students. Harmony is also leveraged in CCAD’s College Preview (a three-week college preparatory program for high school juniors).

Twenty-five years of animation endeavours at CCAD has yielded a wealth of industry contributions. A very short list includes: Nathan Greno (Co-Director, Tangled), Dan Scanlon (Director, Monsters University), Steven Umbleby (Senior Artist, Bento Box Entertainment LLC), and recent hires to watch: Patrick Kain (Rad Fortress) and Christopher Campbell (Associate Concept Artist, Riot Games).

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