College For Creative Studies

In 1906, the year Pablo Picasso heralded the Cubism movement and automobiles made their first tentative trips through Detroit's streets, a group of local civic leaders founded the Society of Arts and Crafts. Inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, the Society dedicated itself to keeping the ideals of beauty and craftsmanship alive in an industrialized world—in their words, to "encourage good and beautiful work as applied to useful service." The Society offered informal classes in basic design, drawing and woodcarving beginning in 1911, and opened a gallery to display and sell work by students and eminent modern artists.

In 1926 the Society became one of the first Arts and Crafts organizations in America to offer an educational program in the arts. From its inception, the school sought outstanding faculty and brought in noted painters, sculptors and craftspeople from around the world. In 1933 the Society made national news by recognizing the automobile as an art form. Industrial design and commercial art were soon added to the school's curriculum.

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United States

201 East Kirby
MI 48202-4034
Phone: 313.664.7400
Fax: 313.872.2739
Website: http://www.collegeforcrea

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Our Aims

The College for Creative Studies nurtures the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture. The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth. The College fosters students' resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities, and learn throughout their lives. The College engages in community service by offering opportunities for artistic development and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages.

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Location and Getting there

College for Creative Studies
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
T 313.664.7400 or 800.952.ARTS  

News and Events

The College for Creative Studies, one of the nation’s leading art education institutions, provides a dynamic learning environment where students explore issues of art and design, while preparing for careers in the professional world. In addition, we offer non-credit courses in the visual arts through our Continuing Education programs and provide opportunities for youth through Community Arts Partnerships.

If you have CCS news you would like to share, or if you are a reporter looking for information on CCS, our faculty or students, please contact Beth Marmarelli, PR Manager, at 313/664-7667 or

CCS' Pre-College Summer Experience
is a four-week program designed to help you prepare
for applying to a college of art and design. You will
walk away from this program understanding how you can
impact society as an artist and will create work for your
portfolio that will open doors to nearly any college in the
world. In addition, you will meet fellow artists and leave
with a large network of friends from the program.

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Information For  Undergraduates

CCS offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 11 concentrations:

Advertising Design

Art Education

Crafts (Ceramics, Fiber Design, Glass, Metalsmithing, Jewelry Design and Interdisciplinary)

Entertainement Arts (Digital Cinema, Game Design, and Animation, including Character Animation)

Fine Arts (Painting, Print Media, Sculpture)

Graphic Design


Interior Design


Product Design

Transportation Design  

Information For  Postgraduates

Master of Fine Art Degrees in Transportation Design and Design are coming in Fall 2009.
For more information visit

Or contact Karen Pike at 313.664.7481 or

Information For  International Students  


As graduates or former students at CCS, you represent integral parts of our College community as artists, designers, storytellers, solution makers, communication gurus, art teachers, and original dreamers for the next generation of CCS students. Our goal at CCS is to enable you to remain connected with a place that, for many of you, represents a pivotal and formative time in your life.  

Student Facilities

The CCS campus totals 10.5 acres, with approximately 232,000 square feet of instruction space. Providing top-notch facilities is a high priority at CCS. The Walter B. Ford II Building is a state-of-the art facility wired with a single digital network to carry voice, data, and video. The building houses high-tech flexible classrooms incorporating both traditional and computer workstations and a 250-seat auditorium equipped with the capacity to project digital images and sound. In addition, the building has a clay modeling studio with a spray booth, custom-made tables, and a rapid prototyping machine. The building also provides space on each floor for the exhibition of student work.

The CCS computer labs (containing over 380 workstations), wood shop, metal shop, and foundry are open to students in all departments. CCS is the only school in Michigan with a hot glass studio that pours iron (in addition to bronze and aluminum). The art library is also a great resource.  

Student Support

Financial Aid

Your college years will be some of the most memorable years of your life. Resolving your financial concerns early on will enable you to take full advantage of your experience at CCS. Ninety-five percent of CCS students receive some combination of scholarship, grant, loan and employment assistance, totaling more than 18 million dollars.

For more information contact the Financial Aid office at 313.664.7495.

Career Services

Sure, the day you graduate with your BFA degree in-hand seems a long way off. Even if life after college is barely in the back of your mind, it’s in the front of ours. Every faculty member — as well as each equipment improvement made and every internship secured — is focused on your future. CCS students are among the most sought after by employers after graduation because of their technical expertise and creative skills. Graduates are recruited by large worldwide corporations, small local businesses, and everything in between.

Career Services supports both current students and alumni in their search for full-time, part-time and freelance employment op...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

Student Life

From on-campus housing to student organizations and activities, the Office of Student Life will provide you the support you need during your time at CCS. Whether you plan on living on- or off-campus, there are plenty organizations for you to join, clubs to be a part of, and activities to partake in. The Office of Student Life staff has a broad knowledge of CCS and the Detroit area and all questions and concerns, large or small, can be discussed freely and confidentially with the Student Life staff.

For additional information contact the Student Life Office at 313.664.7879 or email  

Student Testimonials  



At CCS you’ll create lasting friendships, make great memories and leave with a world-class education. Experience the exciting atmosphere of Detroit while living on campus in a spacious, non-traditional suite. The residence hall at CCS, known as the Art Centre Building (ACB), provides 71 spacious non-traditional suites (263 beds). Residents live on the 1st–12th floors of the ACB with several offices located on the ground floor along with the mailroom, laundry facilities, spray room and fitness room. The college also provides housing at Palmer Court Townhomes, located two blocks northeast of campus.

Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the ACB, in addition to the Residence Life Coordinator and the Director of Student Life. All are trained to handle any type of situation that may arise among residents. Residents are required to present their resident ID when entering the ACB 24 hours a day.

The size of each suite varies, ranging from approximately 700 square feet to approximately 1,200 square feet. CCS offers two basic styles: a 2 to 3 person suite (1 bedroom and 1 bathroom) and a 4 or more person suite (2 or more bed...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

Information Sessions
Located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, the College for Creative Studies’ campus provides an ideal setting for future artists and designers in all fields. We encourage you to visit us and learn more about our academic programs, view current and past student work, meet with admissions representatives, and discover for yourself what makes the CCS community one of the best learning environments in the country.

To better accommodate students interested in our programs, we have established several information sessions. These sessions allow students, parents and friends to tour campus, view facilities and campus housing, and get additional information on academic programs, financial aid, and admission requirements.

To reserve space for the following dates, please call 313.664.7427 or 800.952.ARTS

Information Sessions are designed for prospective students with an in-depth campus visit/tour and information on admissions and our academic departments.

For more infomation please call 313.664.7427


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