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General Information

The College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessory Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

The BFA degree requires completion of 126 credit hours: 84 in studio areas and 42 in general studies courses. In addition to coursework in their chosen major, first-year students take courses in the Foundation Department, where they study drawing, color theory and basic design. Students in all majors also take courses in the Liberal Arts Department, designed to provide them with an understanding of the larger social and cultural context in which they live. Typical weekly schedules for full-time students comprise 24 studio hours and six academic hours.

Undergraduate programs

Master of Fine Arts

The College's MFA degrees in Color and Materials, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design are terminal degrees that prepare students for leadership in industries that rely on design. The MFA degree programs share core curricula, with variations in technology components, and the focus and content of industry sponsored projects.

The MFA degree requires completion of 60 credit hours. Distinctive among MFA programs in the United States, CCS's graduate programs are grounded in the conviction that the most effective designers are those who have a firm grasp of the business world.

Graduate programs


CCS is located in Detroit's Midtown, where students will find a variety of activities near campus to enrich their studies and provide entertainment. The Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the largest art museums in the country, are both located next to CCS's Walter and Josephine Ford campus. Admission to the DIA is free for CCS students. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest of its kind in the country, is also located next to campus. University and public libraries, galleries, great restaurants, and live music venues showcasing indie rock, hip hop, techno, folk, jazz and blues also can be found close by.

While Detroit offers all the advantages you would expect from a big city, it is unique in many ways. For one, it‘s affordable. The city is also one of the largest markets in the country for advertising, industrial design and publishing – which means students have access to internships, jobs, and faculty mentors who are active in their fields. Ultimately, Detroit has been known for making things – this combination of craftsmanship and technology makes it a perfect place for an art and design school.

Experience CCS and Detroit

Undergraduate Fast Facts

Fall 2013
Undergraduate Enrollment - 1,356

51% male
49% female
80% full-time
20% part-time
32% reside in campus housing
68% reside off campus
83% from Michigan
17% from 29 states and 17 countries

Enrollment by Department
Advertising: Copywriting: 10
Advertising: Design - 94
Art Education (post degree only) - 4
Crafts - 90
Entertainment Arts - 248
Fine Arts - 67
Graphic Design - 151
Illustration - 225
Interior Design - 31
Photography - 107
Product Design - 125
Transportation Design - 204

Ethnic Background
 6% International
 8% Black or African American
 4% Hispanic
 >1% American Indian or Alaska Native
60% White (Non-Hispanic)
 5% Asian
 3% Two or more races
14% Race/ethnicity unknown
 >1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

2013-2014 Tuition & Fees
Tuition - $34,320
Required fees - $1,390
Estimated books/supplies - $2,600
Housing - $4,620 - $5,150
Meal plans - $1,450 - $2,900

First to Second Year
Retention - 76%

National Average/All Private = 69.9%
All Colleges = 66.5%

Graduation Rate (2011-2012) - 57%
National Average/All Private = 51.0%
All Colleges = 45.4%

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen - 3.14

Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen - 22.0
National Average – 21.1

Average SAT of Incoming Freshmen - 1059
National Average – 1011

Average Age - 22
Student-to-Faculty Ratio - 9:1

Financial Aid
98% of CCS students receive some form institutional, State or Federal financial assistance.

Graduate Fast Facts

Fall 2012
Graduate Enrollment - 56
68% male
32% female
96% full-time
 4% part-time
38% reside in campus housing
62% reside off campus
 13% from Michigan
87% from 2 states and 6 countries

Enrollment by Department
Interdisciplinary Design - 29
Transportation Design - 27

Ethnic Background
86% International
 0% Hispanic/Latino
 2% Black or African American
 7% White
 0% American Indian or Alaska Native
 0% Two or more races
 2% Asian
 3% Race/ethnicity unknown
 0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

2012-2013 Annual Tuition and Fees
Tuition - $37,320
Required Fees - $1,390
Housing - $4,620 - $5,150
Meal Plan - $1,450 - $2,900

Average Age - 26

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