Michael Bonardi, admissions officer for Columbus College of Art & Design, visited the AP Studio Art class at Bexley High School in Bexley, Ohio a few weeks ago. He advised students on how to build their portfolios, spoke about the variety of creative programs available at CCAD, and gave students a sense of what it would be like to attend an independent college of art and design in Columbus. To me, one of the most memorable nuggets he handed out had to do with attending a school where everyone is an art student. Think about it. Attending a school where everyone is like you. They’re all artists. They think creatively, have similar interests, and are passionate about the world of art – just like you. It might be what you want, it might not. But, when you’re deciding whether you want to attend an art and design school or an art program in a larger university – that is a huge differentiator.