Adult Courses

Taking Your Interests to the Next Level

Maybe you’ve had a lifelong desire to blow glass but never had a chance to explore it. Or you’re considering turning a hobby into a second career. Whether your motivation is personal satisfaction or your career, we offer non-degree courses that will help you explore your interests or hone your skills. And we’ll do so with instructors who are experts in their fields.

Start by exploring your options here. And if you’re interested, take a course.
You’ll be glad you did.

Teachers can earn MI State Board of Education approved SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) for their certification renewal and maintenance.

No prior experience necessary. Courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Non-credit Courses

Whether you've taken classes here before, or are a first time novice, CCS has non-credit courses that will fit your interests and experience level. 

Credit Courses

Adults can also choose to enroll in credit bearing undergraduate program courses, which can be audited or taken for credit. Course listings and fees are published in the CCS Course Schedule (950 KB, PDF).

Winter 2015
Course Offerings

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  1. Glassblowing
  2. Welded Metal Sculpture
  3. Weaving
  4. Adobe Photoshop Basics (2.4 SCECHs)
  5. Elements of Interior Design
  6. iPads for Design (3.0 SCECHs)
  7. Casting in the Foundry
  8. Digital Photography Basics
  9. Contracts and Rights for Image Makers
  10. Fundamentals of Design
  11. Design for Print and Web
  12. Weaver's Tool Box
  13. Sewing

Learn the magic of shaping hot glass. This course, open to both beginning and advanced students, teaches the glassblowing techniques required to create vessels and sculptural forms. Advanced students refine their skills and learn more advanced techniques. Please wear a long-sleeve shirt and bring sunglasses to the first class. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per section.

AVIS 285 A
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
February 7 – March 14, six sessions
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 B
Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
February 8 – March 15, six sessions
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 C
Ford Campus
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 28 – May 9, six sessions
(no class April 4)
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 D
Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
March 29 – May 10, six sessions
(no class April 5)
$365 plus $65 material fee

Both beginning and more experienced students explore the basic metal shop techniques of welding, brazing, cutting and forming, and use them to build metal sculptures. Projects are tailored to each student’s skill level, and student-initiated projects are encouraged. Students will receive a materials list during the first class.

 

AVIS 056 A
Wednesday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
February 11 – April 15, 10 sessions
$345 plus $35 material fee

Here's your chance to create a garment, blanket or other fiber art while learning the workings of a loom. You will learn how to set up and weave on a floor loom and how to weave basic patterns. Advanced students can improve their techniques. Dye facilities are also available. Enrollment is limited to 8 students.


AVIS 139 A

Ford Campus
Saturdays, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
February 14 - April 25, 10 sessions
(no class April 4)
$325 plus $35 material fee

This course explores the use of Adobe Photoshop software to produce digital images. Students develop the skills necessary for image snaccing, photo retouching, image enhancing and manipulation, and color correction. Participants will be introduced to using Wacom tablet and must have working knowledge of Macintosh computers.


AGRC 265 A
Thursdays, 7:15 - 10 p.m.
February 12 - April 16, 10 sessions
$455 Noncredit
$460 ASC

An overview of the field of interior design, this course will show you the methods used to create a room that is physically, visually and intellectually satisfying. Instruction includes the basic principles of space planning, drafting, color theory, and materials and finishes. Students work toward creating a finished residential room during the course.

 

ADRW 261 A - BEDROOM
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 28
$69

ADRW 261 B - LIVING ROOM
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
March 7
$69

This course is designed to introduce art educators to the best practices for utilizing a personal tablet or iPad into their course curricula. As school districts begin to issue such devices to each student, teachers are working to understand how to get the most of out of the tool. This course will open the door to the many options and proven methods of using such tools in the art and design classroom.
*Must be at least 20 years old

WKSH 501 A
WKSH 501ASC (Educator Section)
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
February 11 – April 18, 10 sessions
(no class April 4)
$455 Noncredit
$460 ASC

Must be at least 20 years old to enroll in this course. This course is for students with limited knowledge of web design and will provide an introduction to the process and design theories. Through practical, hands-on instruction you will learn how to design and build your own website and place it on the Internet using Macromedia Dreamweaver® software and basic HTML fundamentals. Participants must have working knowledge of Macintosh computers and basic Photoshop® skills.

AGRC 350 A
Taubman Center
Wednesday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
February 11 – April 15, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 27)
$395 Noncredit $60 material fee

This course covers the primary mechanical and conceptual differences between digital and traditional 35 mm cameras. Students learn and apply traditional photography principles to a digital medium. Basics include creating a visual vocabulary, manual camera controls and learning output options. Bring your camera and its manual to the first class.

 

AVIS 300A
Taubman Center
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
February 14 – April 25, 10 sessions
(no class April 4)
$395

This course introduces students to the ins and outs of working as a freelance photographer or image maker. Students learn about pricing structures and the ethics of image use, freelance contracts and working with art buyers. Learn more about an artist’s right to copyright as well as proper etiquette about shooting in public, in private and your subject’s rights.

 

AVIS 340 A
Taubman Center
Thursday, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
February 19 – April 9, eight sessions
$325


                                                                                                                                                                                                    

This course provides a working knowledge of the elements of design to provide a greater understanding of visual communication. The classic elements (space, line, shape, value, texture and color) and principles of graphic design (balance, repetition, variety, rhythm, unity and contrast) are explored.


A
GRC 190 A
Taubman Center
Tuesday, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
February 24 – April 14, eight sessions
$325 plus $10 material fee

What makes good design? Through a series of in-class assignments and critiques, students will develop the ability to make communication decisions that consider audience, content, sequence and creative methodologies used in creating unique and powerful visual communication solutions.


A
GRC 200 A
Taubman Center
Thursday, 7 – 9:45 p.m.
February 26 – April 16, eight sessions
$325

Equip yourself with the basic tools and techniques needed for traditional rug making. From the wood shop to the weaving studio, learn to fabricate and use the frame loom and weaving tools. Students are encouraged to explore and combine the various methods for knotting, wrapping, twining and weaving that will be introduced to produce a 2’ x 3’ rug.


A
VIS 144 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 14 – April 25, 10 sessions
(no class April 4)
$395 plus $50 material fee

An introduction to sewing techniques, including basic handsewing, measuring, layout and cutting. The objective of the course is to enable students to properly sew their own projects. Students are required to bring their own portable sewing machine.


A
EXP 073 A
Taubman Center
Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
February 8 – March 22, six sessions
(no class Feb. 15)
$285 plus $15 material fee

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