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) 

Portfolio Preparation 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 Taubman Center Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m. October 26 – December 7, six sessions (no class Nov. 30) $285 plus $15 material fee and $35 model fee 

Animated Character Development Use illustration drawing and ideation techniques to create a distinctive character with unique traits and personality. Learn to draw your character in motion, its facial expressions and accessories. Explore environmental design for your character’s story. APRP 254 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. November 1 – December 13, six sessions (no class Nov. 29) $285 

Exploration of Automotive Design This course is an introduction to the art of auto design. Through a series of in-class assignments, students learn professional techniques for depicting the complex forms of automobiles in two dimensions. Sketching, rendering and perspective drawing techniques are included. AEXP 101 A Ford Campus Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. November 8 – December 20, six sessions (no class Nov. 29) $285 plus $15 material fee


Pre-registration required (ages 15 – 19) 

Transportation Design If you enjoy doodling cars, planes and motorcycles, this is the workshop for you! Explore the basic elements of transportation and automotive design. Learn about the processes and materials used by professionals and get feedback on your ideas. APRP 065 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., October 11 $95 or $69 if registered by October 3 

Animation In this workshop you will be introduced to programs and methods that are extensively used in animation. You will be oriented to the professional techniques and given the opportunity to develop your own creative work. APRP 110 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., October 25 $95 or $69 if registered by October 17

Product Design with A Purpose Not sure what product design is all about? In this workshop you will learn how product designers create and innovate products that you use every day, from shoes and backpacks to lamps and sports equipment. Students will work on developing their own products through hands-on experience. APRP 090 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., November 8 $95 or $69 if registered by October 31 

Life Drawing 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. Develop your drawing and learn in a supportive environment. APRP 103 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., November 22 $95 or $69 if registered by November 14 

Photoshop® Interested in photography or design? Photoshop® is an important program for many visual artists, and this workshop will provide training in the functions and tools that can be utilized through Photoshop®. Layering, filters and nondestructive editing techniques will be emphasized. WKSH 165 A Ford Campus Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m., December 13 $95 or $69 if registered by December 5


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