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College for Creative Studies

  • Detroit, MI
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 49%51%
    student ratio
  • 1,363
    total students
  • $35,700 | $35,700
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • July 1
    fall application deadline
  • 48%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Artists and Craftsmen for Over 100 Years

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) has been training artists and craftsmen for over 100 years. Its location in Detroit, Michigan, home of one of the country's largest markets for advertising, industrial design, and publishing, offers CCS students exceptional access to professional opportunities and mentors.

Located in the heart of the city's Cultural Center, the college's campus -- one of the safest in Michigan -- includes 8 buildings on 16 acres and is close to galleries, restaurants, and many live music venues.

Small Classes in a Spectrum of Disciplines

The College for Creative Studies offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in advertising design, animation and digital media, art education, crafts, copywriting, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, product design, and transportation design.

CCS affords its 1400 undergraduates a student to faculty member ratio of just 11: 1. While most of the school's students hail from Michigan, the college attracts students nationally and internationally.

A Diversity of Commercial Arts

The commercial arts at CCS are studied in-depth and introduce students to a diversity of applications. Graphic design majors are trained in areas such as publication, packaging, web design, and marketing strategies. Illustration majors at the College for Creative Studies may take classes including sequential storytelling, storyboarding, and entertainment illustration.

Comprehensive Approach to Advertising Field

The study of advertising is comprehensive at CCS, where students are able to choose specialized majors in either advertising design or copywriting.

Advertising design includes coursework in drawing, digital skills, marketing and media, concept and ideation process, storyboarding, TV commercial production, and microsite design.

Copywriting classes include copy techniques, writing styles, script writing, radio and TV commercial production, marketing, media, and basic drawing and design.

Advertising internships are available for students at major advertising agencies both locally and nationally.

Many Options for Fine Arts Majors

Emerging artists who express themselves by creating physical works of art have many options at the College for Creative Studies. Fine arts majors pursue painting, sculpture and printmaking; crafts majors study ceramics, fiber design, glass, metalsmithing, and jewelry design; while photography majors study digital imaging, fine art photography, and commercial photography.

Interior, Product, and Transport Design and Entertainment Arts

Design students at the College for Creative Studies enjoy a well-rounded educational mix of technology, design basics, and industry-specific topics.

The interior design program, recently accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation, offers student designers training in such areas as architectural drawing and detailing, environmental psychology/human factors, 3D Max interior modeling and animation, and lighting technology.

Product design includes the principles of drawing, 3D modeling and rendering, ergonomics, product problem solving, and environmental design.

Transportation design students learn drawing, 3D modeling and rendering, ergonomics, vehicle packaging, and history of modern design.

The entertainment arts curriculum encompasses 2D digital animation, 3D computer graphic animation, digital cinema production, character and environment design, compositing and special effects, character animation, and motion graphics.

Broad-based Approach to Art Education

The Art Education program at CCS is a dual major that combines teacher preparation courses with focused studio majors and a liberal arts core. Subject matter includes topics such as human development and creativity, visual learning, and classes geared toward artistic development and appreciation among children and youth. Students work within the community through structured service learning arrangement and observe and assist in cross-curriculum classrooms in CCS' on-site, grades 6-12, design-based charter school.

Strong Foundations in Studio and Academic Education

The BFA degree requires completion of 126 credit hours: 84 in studio areas and 42 in general studies courses, including liberal arts. A typical weekly class schedule for a full-time student includes 24 studio hours and 6 academic hours. First-year students take foundation courses in drawing, design concepts, digital fundamentals, and materials and processes.

Each department emphasizes 4 distinct components of a visual arts education: technical skill, aesthetic sensibility, conceptual ability, and practical experience, combining studio and academic classes with more individualized instruction.

Internships with Well-known Companies

Internships are a regular part of a CCS education, as many local companies sponsor hands-on field learning opportunities for students. Participating companies include such household names as Adidas, Chrysler, Fossil, GE, Motorola, Pixar, and Walt Disney. Companies such as these also recruit CCS graduates.

Off-campus Study Options Nationally and Internationally

Students at the College for Creative Studies have the opportunity to study around the globe. Programs open to students of all majors include Burren College of Design in Ireland, Limkokwing in Malaysia, Lorenzo De Medici in Italy, Parsons in France, Pforzheim in Germany, Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico, the One Academy in Malaysia, and Studio Art Center International in Italy.

More specialized study abroad programs are available at Speos in France (for photography majors), Billy Blue College of Design in Australia (for graphic design majors), and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and Strate Design College in France (for product and transportation design majors).

The Student Mobility program provides another option for off-campus study. As a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, CCS is able to offer its students the chance to study at other member colleges throughout the US and abroad.


Location & Contact

201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
USA

Office of Admissions

Phone: 800-952-2787
Fax: 313-872-2739
Email: admissions@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Request More Info

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Crafts, Folk Art and Artisanry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,284
    • Accepted624
    • Acceptance Rate48%
    • Enrolled1,363
    • Female Applicants745
    • Females Accepted372
    • Female Acceptance Rate49%
    • Male Applicants539
    • Males Accepted252
    • Male Acceptance Rate46%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      portfolio
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.14
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen July 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 18 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,700
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,700
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,390.00
    • Room and board *$8,510.00
    • Room only *$5,350.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,363
    • Male Student Percentage51%
    • Female Student Percentage49%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.29%
    • Black or African American7.84%
    • White or Caucasian59.62%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.37%
    • Asian4.88%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.3%
    • Two or more races2.66%
    • Unknown13.76%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students9% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 32%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Not Reported
    • Drama / theater group Not Reported
    • Student-run radio station Not Reported
    • Student-run television station Not Reported
    • Marching band Not Reported
    • Choral groups Not Reported
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Not Reported
    • Health clinic Not Reported
    • Personal / psychological counseling Not Reported
    • Women's center Not Reported
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Not Reported
    • Greek sororities Not Reported
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty275
    • Full-time Percentage16%
    • Part-time Percentage84%
    • Female Percentage37%
    • Male Percentage63%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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