Corporate Relationships

Where Design Education Meets Business

Companies across the globe realize that design plays an increasingly crucial role in the competitiveness of their products in the global economy. To stand out in a crowded marketplace, products must either make a dramatic leap in function or stand out in some other way – and that is where design plays a crucial role. Not only are companies embracing design, but they are seeking the best and brightest designers. CCS provides a world-class education that prepares students to become world-class designers.

CCS recognizes the importance of providing our students with real-world experiences and enhanced training to prepare them to become industry leaders. From sponsored research projects to event sponsorships, there are a variety of opportunities to partner with the College and support the designers of the future while exposing your business to the future of design thinking.

Through a corporate partnership with the College your company will be able to:

  • Gain access to fresh, unique innovative ideas;
  • Evaluate creative talent for internship and employment opportunities;
  • Gain recognition as patrons of design education; and
  • Utilize sponsorships for public relations and marketing opportunities.

Research Projects

During a sponsored research project, industry needs are integrated into the curriculum to benefit students. At the same time, assisting companies in their creative design research, problem solving and product development efforts. 

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Design Competitions

Frequently, CCS and its corporate partners work together to create sponsored design competitions for CCS students. In general, winners of the competitions receive a scholarship from the corporation as well as the opportunity to have their design produced. 

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Event Sponsorship

CCS had two premier fund-raising events each year including the Detroit International Wine Auction and the Student Exhibition Opening. 

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More Information

For more information about how your company can partner with the College for Creative Studies, please contact:

Shannon McPartlon
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
313.664.7460

Alecia Haney
Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
313.664.7461

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