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).

Fall 2014
Course Offerings

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  1. Glassblowing
  2. Welded Metal Sculpture
  3. Weaving
  4. Adobe Photoshop Basics (2.4 SCECHs)
  5. Creating Digital Portfolio (2.4 SCECHs)
  6. Elements of Interior Design
  7. Drawing Principles
  8. iPads for Design (3.0 SCECHs)
  9. Beginning Web Design (3.0 SCECHs)
  10. Introduction to Maya
  11. Casting in the Foundry

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
Ford Campus
Saturdays, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
September 20 - October 25, six sessions
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 B
Ford Campus
Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m.
September 21 - October 26, six sessions
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 C
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Novermber 1 - December 13, six sessions
(no class Nov. 29)
$365 plus $65 material fee

AVIS 285 D
Sundays, 12 - 4 p.m.
November 2 - December 14, six sessions

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
Ford Campus
Wednesdays, 7:15 — 10 p.m.
October 1 - December 3, 10 sessions
$365 plus $65 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.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., ten sessions
(no class on Nov. 29)
$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
Taubman Center
Thursdays, 7:15 - 10 p.m.
October 9 - November 13, six sessions
$275 Noncredit
$280 ASC

Must be at least 20 years old to enroll in this course.

Learn how to show the inspiration behind the designs and accomplishments that define your skills and career. Learn to tell the story behind project concepts and to communicate the overarching theory behind your work. These intangibles are what will sell you to a potential employer — not just the proof of your abilities on paper. View samples of formal, creative portfolio presentations in digital format. Understand how websites and social networks can help (or hurt) your chances at communicating who you are as a creative professional. You have the experience, all you have to do is out-portfolio everyone else.

WKSH 164 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, 9 – 11:45 a.m.
October 18 – November 22, six sessions
$275 Noncredit $280 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
Ford Campus
Saturday, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
October 4 – December 13, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 29)
$325 plus $15 material fee

Both beginners and experienced students will benefit from focusing on the traditional principles of observational drawing. You will learn how to plan an overall design, the effects of variation in line quality, and how to render light and shadow. Bring a drawing pad and pencil or drawing charcoal to the first class.

ADRW 070 A
Ford Campus Saturday, 9 – 11:45 a.m.
October 4 – December 13, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 29)
$285 plus $20 material fee and $15

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.

WKSH 501 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
October 11 – November 22, six sessions
(no class Nov. 15)
$275 Noncredit $280 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
Thursday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
October 9 – December 17, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 27)
$455 Noncredit $460 ASC

Learn animation basics using Autodesk® Maya®, the industry standard for Animators. Maya® is used in creating the magic for most films, commercials and games you play. You will learn modeling, animation and rendering techniques through instruction and hands-on exercises. Learn how to command simple procedures to develop more complex and creative projects. Working knowledge of Adobe® Photoshop® and an understanding of time-based media required.

AGRC 230 A
Taubman Center
Tuesday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
October 7 – December 9, 10 sessions

Learn the materials, processes and techniques used to produce finished cast-metal sculpture safely. Students create waxes through plaster mold making and direct wax fabrication. Spruing, ceramic shell investment, pouring, metal finishing and patina techniques are taught. Both beginning and more advanced students cast their own work. The cost for metals and investments used during this course are in addition to the listed material fee.

AVIS 150 A
Ford Campus
Wednesday, 7:15 – 10 p.m.
October 1 – December 10, 10 sessions
(no class Nov. 26)
$395 plus $60 material fee

Alias 3D Modeling and Rendering

To enroll in an Alias courses you need to apply and be accepted into the Professional Automotive Modeling program.

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Clay Modeling

To enroll in the Clay Modeling courses you need to apply and be accepted into the Professional Automotive Modeling program.

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