From Ohio History Central
In 1879, the Columbus Art School, the predecessor of the Columbus College of Art & Design, opened in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus College of Art & Design is one of the oldest art schools in the United States. Located in the central portion of Columbus, the college encompasses three city blocks. Students have easy access to the nearby Columbus Museum of Art. Approximately 1,300 full-time students enroll in the Columbus College of Art & Design every academic year. The college also offers evening and weekend classes. These classes usually attract local residents, especially children, who are interested in art. Students usually specialize in one of seven areas, including Advertising and Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Illustration, Fine Arts, and Media Studies. The Columbus College of Art & Design is especially well known for its animation program. Many of the school's graduates have become illustrators for the Walt Disney Company.