Requirements for Transfer Applicants
- The application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the winter semester.
- Completed free online application or printed paper application with $35 fee.
- Official high school transcript with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Applicants having earned a GED must submit official results of their test scores.(A minimum of a 401 composite is required.)
- Official high school or GED transcript.
- Official college transcript(s). Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 college grade point average or meet the high school GPA requirements stated for freshman applicants.The College also accepts eligible Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate creditswhen applicable. Submit official exam transcripts for consideration.
- Portfolio of five to eight pieces minimum and up to 25 images depending on the number of college studio art classes completed. Include pieces reflecting your highest college-level studio work (if applicable). Studio transfer credit will be determined during the departmental portfolio review arranged by the Admissions Office, based on the coursework and skill levels reflected in the overall portfolio. Portfolios should be uploaded to https://ccs.slideroom.com. You will be charged a $10 upload fee, depending on the number of images submitted.
- Your file will be evaluated for foundation, liberal arts, studio and elective transfer credit. Acceptance of studio transfer credit and placement within the CCS studio curriculum is based on a review of the portfolio, college transcript(s) and course descriptions. Studio credit evaluations may be conducted by department chairpersons. Transfer credit is not granted for any subject in which less than a grade of “C” (2.0) has been earned. Students may transfer in at freshman, sophomore or junior status.
- The application, transcripts, test scores and portfolio may be submitted separately.
- Letters of recommendation are optional.
- Personal interviews are available.
Post-Degree Art Education Applicants
- CCS alumnus: simply reapply. Your previous academic record will be used to determine your admissions decision. Indicate any other colleges attended after CCS graduation and submit those transcripts if credit may be awarded.
- Non CCS alumnus: Follow Transfer Applicant procedures. If you did not earn a BFA degree, you will be considered a dual-enrolled undergraduate and previously earned credits will be reviewed for placement into that program.
(COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM)
The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. CCS uses the credit-granting scores recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Download CLEP exam information (481 KB, PDF) or visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.
For more information on CLEP you can go to www.collegeboard.com/CLEP. Exams that are not applied directly towards degree requirements may count towards general elective credit. Please speak to your academic advisor in Academic Advising and Registration 313.664.7672 if you are concerned about the placement of a CLEP course in your academic program.
The College for Creative Studies supports the ease of transfer for students who have attended a community college and earned an associate degree at that institution. The objective is to aid students toward their goal of earning a bachelors degree from CCS and to provide a smooth transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework.
If you are interested in transferring to the College for Creative Studies, our equivalency guides may provide you with helpful information on what will transfer from local institutions.
The College for Creative Studies has entered into the agreements with other institutions to easily facilitate transfer credit. View articulation agreements to find out if your institution is on the list.
Transfer Credit Policy
Undergraduate courses from certain accredited colleges may be considered for transfer credit at CCS, subject to the following conditions:
- Students may transfer in up to the junior level (63-92.5 credit hours).
- Current students, who take credits elsewhere while attending CCS, will submit official transcripts to the Academic Advising and Registration office.
- For new students, all credit earned to date to be considered for placement must be disclosed to the Admissions office during the admission process.
- A complete official transcript must be sent to the CCS by the institution(s) you attended.
- Transfer students are required to meet our liberal arts requirements by completing appropriate courses at CCS, or transferring acceptable courses and credit from other accredited institutions. Credit is determined according to major requirements.
- Transferability and placement of art or design studio credit will be determined at the time of portfolio review. Credits may be designated as “studio” or “elective”. Art or design courses taken at another institution after enrollment to CCS may be accepted as elective credit only, unless specific arrangements have been made.
- Courses and credits earned at other institutions will be recorded in permanent academic records. Grades will not be recorded. Only work completed at CCS will be included in grade point averages.
- Only courses completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better will be accepted for transfer credit.
- Courses taken at an institution on a quarter or term schedule will be converted to semester hours before being applied to CCS course requirements.
- Academic courses may not be repeated for credit.
- Students who wish to graduate from CCS must be enrolled during the semester in which their degree is awarded.
- Anticipated graduation date may vary by program, prerequisites and course sequencing. See the Academic Advising and Registration office to work out a plan for degree completion.
- For a comprehensive version of our transfer credit policy, please view the current CCS college catalog.
General Timeline For Transfer Applicants
CCS accepts applications on a rolling basis. Following is a general timeline for fall semester applicants. The winter semester timeline varies, an admissions counselor will help guide you through the process:
- Visit Campus
- Find us at National Portfolio Days or College Fairs
- Schedule a counseling appointment or campus tour
- Earn a merit-based scholarship
SEPTEMBER 1–AUGUST 1 (Fall Semester):
Submit your application for the following fall semester beginning in September
SEPTEMBER 1–DECEMBER 1 (Winter Semester):
Submit your application for the following winter semester beginning in January
Ask your college instructor to nominate you for CCS's Award of Excellence Competition. Check here to make sure you qualify first.
JANUARY 1 - MARCH 1:
File the FAFSA online. The financial aid process takes approximately four to six weeks to complete.
Eligible candidates for the Walter B. Ford Award of Excellence Scholarship Competition admission acceptance deadline.
The Walter B. Ford Award of Excellence Scholarship Competition will determine the winners of our highest scholarships. Applicants may be nominated by either their high school or college art instructor or by a CCS Admissions Counselor. Qualified nominees must complete all of the admissions requirements on or before the acceptance deadline.
- Request that your final, official college transcript(s) be sent directly from your college(s) to the Office of Registration at CCS after you have been accepted.
- After your commitment fee has been paid, you will be mailed a letter that contains your username and password to the College's Blackboard site from the Academic Advising and Registration Office. An e-mail will be sent to your CCS e-mail account with instructions on how to complete your New Student Check-In and register for classes.
- While completing your online Check in, you will confirm your attendance for Orientation and/or English Placement Exam. New students can register for classes online, over the phone or in person with their academic advisor and will receive instructions on how to do so. It is important that you become familiar with WebAdvisor on Blackboard. This is how you will register for future semesters and receive valuable information from departments and instructors while you are attending CCS.
- You will receive an Academic Evaluation from the Academic Advising and Registration Office to your CCS e-mail account. On your Academic Evaluation your advisor will highlight the courses that are recommended for you to take the following semester. Choose your desired days and times of those courses from the schedule book, and register on-line or you may come and visit an advisor in the Academic Advising and Registration Office. You can make an appointment at 313.664.7672.
- Attend EPE - English Placement Exam (if applicable) and New Student Orientation.
Reserving space after you've been accepted
- Submit your $100 Commitment fee to reserve your space in your department and begin the registration process. Send the completed Commitment form and payment to the Admissions Office. You can also pay over the phone with a credit card by calling the Admissions Office. The commitment fee is applied directly to the first semester's tuition and is non-refundable after May 1.
- After acceptance and payment of the commitment fee, students who wish to live on campus must submit all housing forms (provided in the acceptance packet) and $550 ($200 housing deposit and $350 first housing payment) to the Housing Office. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis when all housing materials and payments have been received.
New student Move In and Welcome Week activities