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College for Creative Studies

For more than a century, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) has distinguished itself as one of the premier institutions of art and design education in the world. The College traces its heritage back to 1906 when a group of local civic leaders, inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, formed the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. The Society’s mission was to keep the ideals of beauty and craftsmanship alive in what was rapidly becoming an industrialized world.

Now a fully accredited, degree-granting college, CCS has redefined that mission to address the needs of contemporary society by preparing students for careers in creative industries.

The College for Creative Studies was named “one of the best design schools in the world” by BusinessWeek. It awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design, Art Practice (Fine Art) Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, and the Master's degrees in Art Education, Color and Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design. Transportation Design and User Experience Design. It enrolls over 1,400 degree students.

CCS supplies creative talent to a wide variety of industries, such as transportation, entertainment, consumer electronics, health care, advertising, athletic apparel and equipment, and many more. Among its alumni are the current heads of design at Harley Davidson and Kohler, the recently retired design chief for Whirlpool, numerous designers at Nike, the production designer for Pixar’s Cars movies, and the executive editor of Mad Magazine.

The founding mission of the College for Creative Studies was “to encourage good and beautiful work as applied to useful service.” That spirit still animates the College today as it aims to educate the best artists and designers in the world and to use art and design in building a better Detroit for all its citizens.


Scholarships & funding

Applicants to CCS are automatically considered for CCS Scholarships once they complete their admissions requirements. Awards are based on the portfolio review and academic achievement of the applicant and can vary from student to student during the admission process. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to continue receiving these scholarships.

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Why study at College for Creative Studies

CCS provides you the opportunity to study at a world-class institution that not only gives you the knowledge to become a great artist or designer, but also the experience to prove it through your work. You’ll learn from professionals who know the ins and outs of their industries. You will benefit from small class sizes that offer more individual attention than you’ll find on other campuses.

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Awards & Accreditations

Best Grad School Fine Arts

US News and World Report (2021)

PayScale Best Value School

College ROI Report (2020)

Best Colleges

Niche (2021)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

The Higher Learning Commission

Council of Interior Design Accreditation

Student services & facilities

Student Services: Your success at CCS is not only important to you, it’s important to us.
The campus environment is student-oriented and classes that prepare you for the future you want. Our support services and campus activities make CCS a fun, dynamic place to be. The College for Creative Studies Student Services include- Career Development, Advising and Registration, International Student Services, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Wellness and Counseling Center and much more.

Campuses

For more than a century, CCS has distinguished itself as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Innovation District, our veritable force of talent and resources is unrivaled. Our Internationally acclaimed faculty and state-of-the-art facilities provide students with the knowledge, skills, technology and hands on experience they need to explore, make, grow and succeed.

The CCS campus is made up of two locations, the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, just one mile apart and accessible via a campus shuttle.

Ford Campus

The Walter & Josephine Ford Campus houses the Art Education, Art Practice (Fine Arts), Craft & Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Foundation, Liberal Arts, Illustration and Photography undergraduate departments and the graduate Art Education program.

Taubman Center

The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education is home to the Advertising Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Design undergraduate programs as well Graduate Programs in Color & Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design, Transportation Design and User Experience Design. In addition, Design Core Detroit and Shinola reside in the facility.

Student lifestyle

CCS offers a number of services intended to help foster a supportive and challenging educational environment that will enable our students to be successful in their future. Through student activities, leadership education, residence life, and other extracurricular involvement opportunities we hope to make every student’s experience at CCS a great one.

The College for Creative Studies lives inside Detroit’s Midtown area. You’ll find yourself just steps away from iconic places like the Motown Museum, the Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts – one of the country’s largest museums. We’re surrounded by artisanal coffee shops, design boutiques, art galleries, live music venues that belt out indie, garage, EDM, hip-hop, folk, jazz, blues and so much more.

Accommodation

CCS offers two outstanding housing options for students: Taubman Center and Art Centre Building.

Taubman Center (TC)

This is the newest building at CCS. It is located in the New Center area of Detroit, about one mile from the main campus. The building was formally GM’s Engineering, Research, and Design Headquarters. It was built in the 1920s, and it is enormous! It houses all of the CCS Design disciplines, classrooms and studios, the MFA programs, student housing, a CCS student store, restaurants, art galleries, auditoriums, and more. The student apartments are modern, sleek, efficient, and practically brand new. They do not include kitchens. Students living at the TC are required to purchase meal plans.

Art Centre Building (ACB)

This is a historic apartment building located on CCS’s main campus,the Ford Campus. The Ford Campus is located in Midtown Detroit, one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. The Ford Campus houses CCS’s arts and crafts disciplines, foundations, liberal arts, student services, and more. Apartments in the ACB are large and spacious, and they include kitchens. The building is older, and so it has great charm and character!

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