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Requirements for Transfer Applicants

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Submit official high school transcripts with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Official GED results will be accepted in place of transcripts – a minimum 401 composite score is required.



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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 credits when applicable. Submit official exam transcripts for consideration.


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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. Upload Your Portfolio


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.

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.


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 (608 KB, PDF) information 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.

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:


SEPTEMBER 3–AUGUST 1 (Fall Semester):
Submit your application for the following fall semester beginning in September

SEPTEMBER 3–DECEMBER 20 (Winter Semester):
Submit your application for the following winter semester beginning in January

File the FAFSA online. The financial aid process takes approximately four to six weeks to complete.


  • Request that your final, official transcript(s) and/or Advanced Placement test scores be sent directly from high school/dual-enrolled college or testing centers to the Academic Advising and Registration office at CCS after you have been accepted.
    • It is important to register for classes early to get an optimal schedule. There are two ways to register for classes:
      • Call us at 313-664-7672 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.  Phone appointments are also available.
      • Register Online.  You will receive your username and password in the U.S. mail.  Then log on to blackboard to access your CCS email.  You will have an email message from your academic advisor with detailed instructions on how to register.  Students may register online using our WebAdvisor system.
  • Use the Blackboard system to access the New Student Check-In
      • New students are required to check-in on blackboard to confirm attendance at orientation and to schedule their English Placement Exercise (if applicable).  You do not have to take the English Placement Exercise if you took the ACT or SAT English exam. 
  • Attend EPE - English Placement Exam (if applicable) and New Student Orientation.


  • 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.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Start

February 1: Priority Application Deadline
To be considered for scholarship and priority registration.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after February 1.

Deposit Deadline
Commitment Fees are due withing two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter or by May 1, whichever is later.

November 1: completed applications due
December 1: student deposits/commitment fees due

The College for Creative Studies supports the ease of transfer for students who have attended a community college. 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.

Equivalency Guides

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.

Articulation Agreements

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.

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