Why CCS Precollege? The College for Creative Studies’ art and design programs motivate, stimulate and guide emerging artists and designers ages 13 – 19 toward their creative future.

Programs and courses are designed to give you the chance to experience a college-level classroom, where your challenge is to learn the skills being taught and apply them to creatively solve visual problems.

Middle and high school students who want to learn art and design principles through exciting project-based courses can explore a variety of creative disciplines, use new technologies, learn in CCS’s world-class facilities, and from CCS faculty. Many students find our courses helpful in creating a high-quality portfolio of work that they can use for application to an art and design college like CCS.

Whether you prefer to study during the school year or over the summer, CCS has courses that are sure to fit your needs and schedule. We offer several workshops, short courses and credit-bearing classes in all of the College’s art and design majors. Classes are offered throughout the year and meet evenings and weekends at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education or on the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus.

High school students age 16 or older may also enroll in most of the 10-week adult courses listed in the previous section.


4 – 6 sessions (ages 15 – 19)

4 – 6 sessions (ages 15 – 19) 

The core of a strong art college application is a solid portfolio. Build or enhance your portfolio based on the professional critiques and targeted drawing assignments offered in this course. You will learn how to best present your talents. Bring your portfolio or examples of your work to the first class.

APRP 100 A
Sunday, 12 — 4 p.m.
February 8 — March 22, six sessions
(no class Feb. 15)
$285 plus $15 material fee and
$35 model fee  


Use illustration drawing and ideation techniques to create a distinctive character with unique traits and personality. Learn to draw your character in motion, their facial expressions and accessories. Explore environment design for your character’s story and translate your drawings into a clay figure prototype.

APRP 254 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, 10 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
February 7 – March 14, six sessions


Students learn the artistic elements of visual storytelling that make up the graphic novel. Emphasis is placed on
line and contrasting values in monochromatic ink drawing. Class projects are organized around specific topics
such as Manga, exaggeration and understatement, comics and digital cartooning. The use of scanners and Wacom® tablets as illustration tools will be introduced.

AGRC 217 A
Taubman Center
Saturday, 10 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
March 21 — April 25, six sessions


Pre-registration required (ages 15 – 19)

Pre-registration required (ages 15 – 19)

Students will develop sketches and execute a finished portrait that explores their technique, skill and personality in a fresh and expressive manner.

APRP 117 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, February 14
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
$95 or $69 if registered by February 6


Improve your drawing skills and learn about form and line in this Life Drawing class working from a live model. Life Drawing is a fundamental skill for artists and designers. This class provides a supportive environment wherein students will explore drawing techniques, experiment with line, and refine their skills.

APRP 103 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
$95 or $69 if registered by March 6  


Explore what illustrators do and learn the methods and techniques of the profession. Develop drawings in class
and participate in critique.

APRP 114 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, April 11
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
$95 or $69 if registered by April 3


Ever dream about designing your own living space? In this workshop you will work on developing design for a city loft complete with living, sleeping and eating area. Learn about materials and methods that professional interior designers use to develop creative and inviting spaces.

APRP 105 A
Ford Campus
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
$95 or $69 if registered by May 1

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