Our Precollege program helps you build your portfolio and prepare you for college. So step into something totally new — something you have never tried before, or enhance what you already know about your favorite subject. Choose a studio concentration and tackle a project. Study for three weeks and create a knock-out portfolio. You’ll meet new people, have the option to live on campus, learn from professionals, receive feedback from admissions counselors and participate in a final exhibition of student work.

The Summer Experience program is perfect for high school students who have completed freshman, sophomore, junior or senior  year. Resident and commuter enrollment is available.

Summer Experience Studio Concentrations:

  1. Transportation Design
  2. 2D and Hand Drawn Animation
  3. Game Art and 3D Character Modeling
  4. Drawing
  5. Graphic Design and Advertising
  6. Illustration
  7. Digital Photography & Photoshop
  8. Product and Fashion Accessories Design

Experience the challenge and excitement of designing your own concept car of the future. Learn in a studio environment that is similar to working in a major automobile manufacturer’s advanced concept studio. You will learn the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts, and how to translate designs into 3D models. You will receive feedback on your vehicle concepts from automotive design professionals.

Explore the world of computer generated imagery by creating characters, their stories and environments. Create maquettes of your character in clay and learn to visualize your creations in three dimensions. Investigate the latest industry software and tools to bring your ideas to life.

Explore the world of computergenerated imagery by creating characters, their stories and environments. Create maquettes of your character in clay and learn to visualize your creations in three dimensions. Investigate the latest industry software and tools to bring your ideas to life.

Learn the basic concepts of drawing and then begin to develop more creative and expressive responses. The program moves the student into a more volumetric understanding of drawing, and includes emphasis on observational and formal composition and design.

Develop a visual campaign strategy to promote a cause, event or location using the following visual promotional formats: poster, billboard, website, “giveaway” pieces and magazine ad. Learn to use Adobe® InDesign® and Photoshop® to lay out and produce printed solutions for your design challenges. Students should be comfortable working on computers. Adobe® Creative Suite® experience is not required.

Use both digital and hand drawing to express yourself visually. Experimentation is strongly encouraged as students develop their own style and learn about the methods and materials of illustrators. Software will be used to enhance the creative process.

Develop your style, learn professional Photoshop ® techniques and work in a studio environment. Create images digitally, with and without a camera, and learn to make striking images. Work with digital tools to manage, enhance and correct your images.

Bringing together the exciting field of Product Design and CCS’s newest major, Fashion Accessories Design, to explore how design and innovation enhance everyday objects like shoes, handbags, earphones, backpacks and skateboards. If you have an eye for form and color and would like to explore your ideas, this design oriented program will help you develop.

"It was a very good experience that helped me make choices about art college." - Michael Pezok, PCSE Participant, 2013

2015 Precollege Summer Experience

Ages 16-19

July 5 - 25, 2015

Important Dates:

Registration: Opens February 1, 2015

Final Registration Deadline - June 1


Contact Us

Office of Precollege & Continuing Studies


PCSE Cover 14 (13 MB, PDF)








Things you should know:

  1. Two Sites, One Campus
  2. Campus Safety
  3. Enrollment Options
  4. Scholarships
  5. Live on Campus or at Home
  6. Meal Plans & Food Services
  7. Student Conduct

Two Sites, One Campus

Programs are run on either the Ford Campus or at the Taubman Center. Location is dictated by the curricula and their related facility requirements. CCS provides regular shuttle service with valid CCS ID between sites. All students will live and dine in the Taubman Center.

Campus Safety

CCS has one of the safest college campuses in Michigan. You’ll be able to study, learn and create in an environment where you feel safe and secure. CCS security staff patrol both the Taubman Center and Ford Campus regularly, and are posted 24/7 inside the residence hall, parking structures, and in campus buildings. The parking structures are only accessible with a valid ID card. Campus safety statistics are available on our Website.

Enrollment Options

3 weeks - 3.0 College Credits

  • Resident – $3,300
    includes: room and board, required art materials, full-meal plan, on- and off-site activities, studio time, college credits
  • Commuter -$2,900
    Includes: required art materials, full meal plan, on- and off-site activites, studio time, college credits

Summer Experience Scholarships

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

Full and partial scholarships are available and awarded based on overall merit of student’s application and demonstrated financial need. College representatives will consider your submission if received by March 31, 2015. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for scholarship awards.

Scholarship awards will be applied directly to student accounts and will be subtracted from the total balance due. Competition for full and partial scholarships is very strong, and funds are limited. In order to have awards applied to your student account, you must call to confirm acceptance of your award, commit to participation in the program, and if you were awarded a partial scholarship, submit the required commitment fee no later than one week after your award has been granted. Unclaimed awards will be considered forfeit and will be awarded to other deserving students.

Apply for a Summer Experience Scholarship

  1. Download and complete the Registration Form (50 KB, PDF)
  2. Download and complete the Scholarship Application Form (165 KB, PDF)
  3. Include a digital copy of your parent’s/legal guardian’s final 2013 or 2014 U.S. Federal tax return
  4. Include 6–10 digital samples of your best work in any medium

Submit all completed scholarship application materials to . Or mail to:

College for Creative Studies
Precollege and Continuing Studies
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

Awards will be announced via email, April 1-15, 2015.


Live on Campus or at Home

Life as a Resident

Live on campus in the CCS-supervised historic, and newly renovated, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The building combines living, learning and administrative services under one roof, and is accessible only with an authorized CCS ID card. Precollege students must adhere to the residence hall curfew of 10 PM during the week and 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Students live in shared loft-like spaces with access to common areas, full-service cafeteria and an exercise facility. CCS’s Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, Resident Assistants and current CCS undergraduate Mentors also reside in the Taubman Center and are responsible for chaperoning and managing student activities and the living environment. No Precollege student may be away from campus overnight unless prior written request, and permission, from a parent or guardian is pre-approved by the Continuing Education office. Parents are requested to keep overnight sign-outs to a minimum. Permission forms and detailed information about curfew are included in the confirmation packet sent to students upon acceptance.

Life as a Commuter

All the benefits of attending, but you sleep at home. You are required to attend all mandatory classes, open studios and activities five days a week. Some evening hours will be required. You are encouraged to attend all optional activities on evenings and weekends. You will be given access to the parking decks, and computer labs during building hours only. Commuter students will not have access to the housing facility, but are encouraged to meet up with other Precollege students in lounges, computer labs, the Café or cafeteria, libraries, and the “Oval” grassy area in the center of Ford Campus.

Meal Plans & Food Services

All students are required to purchase one type of meal plan. All meals will include options for vegetarians. Students with special dietary needs should contact the Precollege & Continuing Studies Office. All dietary restrictions or preferences cannot be accommodated. Students with severe allergies are encouraged to bring supplemental food items with them. All students will have access to additional cash purchases at the cafeteria or food service areas on-site. All students will have access to microwaves and vending machines in common areas.


  • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Mon – Fri, brunch and dinner Sat – Sun


  • Includes lunch daily and 2 dinners per week

Student Conduct

CCS’s Precollege Summer programs are designed for independent young people who will take initiative both in and outside of the classroom. If parents and their children are seeking a somewhat sheltered environment, they should consider the nature of this program before applying.

All students participating in CCS’s Precollege Summer programs must sign, and abide by, the CCS Code of Student Conduct and Additional program rules which are sent to all students once enrolled in the program. Students are expected to understand and accept all Precollege Summer program rules and regulations and to observe them fully during their time at CCS. Precollege students are expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, and be respectful of personal and College property and of the rights of other students and staff. Both parents and applicants are required to affirm their knowledge and acceptance of these policies and rules; a statement to this effect must be signed by both parties prior to arriving on campus. All social and educational activities are planned by the College for Creative Studies Precollege & Continuing Studies Department.

CCS’s Precollege Summer programs are designed for independent young people who will take initiative both in and outside of the classroom. If parents and their children are seeking a somewhat sheltered environment, they should consider the nature of this program before applying.

Students who violate College policies, procedures and regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. Violations of college policies and regulations may result in such sanctions as a warning, probation and even dismissal. Certain violations, such as possession or use of alcohol or drugs, will result in immediate dismissal. Such actions are not a substitute for civil or criminal proceedings. All students, whether on or off campus, are also subject to local, state and federal laws. In addition, CCS reserves the right to dismiss students at any time for conduct determined to be detrimental to the CCS community or that violates federal, state or local law.

"It taught me about leadership and the importance of precision, while exposing me to some of the best working professionals." - Andrew Nymeyer, PCSE Participant, 2013 

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