Campus Facilities

College for Creative Studies

The CCS campus totals 16 acres, with approximately 1.5 million square feet of space. Located in midtown Detroit, the College is made up to two sites, the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.


Walter & Josephine Ford Campus

  1. Kresge-Ford Building

  2. Walter B. Ford II Building

  3. Manoogian Visual Resource Center

  4. Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden

  5. Yamasaki Building

  6. Art Centre Building

Kresge-Ford Building

The Kresge-Ford Building, was completed in 1975 and was a major addition to the College's classroom, studio and office space. Currently the building houses the Art Education, Crafts, Fine ArtsLiberal Arts and Photography departments. The Arts & Crafts Cafe, two student lounges and the Student Success Center are also located here. 

Printmaking & Letterpress

  • Fully equipped shops
  • Manually operated presses


  • Casting with lost wax process
  • Pours: Iron/bronze/aluminum
  • Ceramic shell casting
  • Resin bonded sand casting

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Studio

  • Casting area
  • Stake and machine room
  • Buffing room
  • Electroforming/anodizing room
  • Tig Welder
  • Rofin/starweld laser welder

Glass Studio

  • State-of-the-art furnaces
  • Double-ended gloryhole
  • Slumping & fusing kilns
  • Oxy torches & garage
  • Casting & annealing kilns
  • Cold work shop

Blacksmithing Studio

  • 4 solid fuel forges with anvils and tools
  • 2 gas forges with anvils and tools
  • 3 leg vices
  • 2 swadge blocks
  • 75 lb air power hammer
  • 60 lb Treadle hammer

Fibers & Textiles Studio

  • AVL & computer-generated looms
  • Gas ranges & hoods
  • Sewing room
  • Weaving room
  • Stock burners

Ceramics Studio

  • Electric indoor kilns
  • Plaster mold-making room
  • Shop-bot CNC tile carver
  • Decal machine
  • Woodfire Anagama kiln
  • Covered exterior kilns
  • Car kiln
  • Soda, salt, reduction & Raku kilns
  • Hand-throwing studio
  • Wheel-casting studio
  • Slip-casting studio
  • Clay-mixing studio
  • Glazing room
  • European "Blaauw" Kiln

Other Resources

  • Fully equipped wood shop
  • Large darkrooms
  • Dry mount room
  • Alternative processes lab
  • Computer labs
  • Large-scale printers
  • Fully equipped studios
  • Photo equipment

Walter B. Ford II Building

The Walter B. Ford II Building, is a state-of-the art facility wired with a single digital network to carry voice, data and video. The building houses the Entertainment Arts, Illustration and Foundation departments and incorporates high-tech flexible classrooms with both traditional and computer workstations and a 250-seat auditorium equipped with LCD and HD projectors, VHS/DVD/Blu-ray technology and 7.1 surround sound. In addition, the building also provides space on each floor for the exhibition of student work and includes numerous traditional animation labs, "The Stage" - a large production studio, a recording room and sound studios, figure & anatomy dry studios and an Oxberry.

Building Resources

  • Stop-motion lab
  • Computer labs with Wacom tablets
  • Traditional animation labs
  • "The Stage" Production studio
  • Figure & anatomy dry studio
  • Multipurpose studio
  • Digital studio with Mac desktops
  • Studio B & Sound Studio
  • Audio/Visual Center
  • Daylight Studio
  • Oxberry
  • Seamless walls (for video)
  • Final Cut studio
  • Traditional sound room
  • Sound-contained room
  • Recording room
  • 2 professional mixing rooms
  • Satellite bookstore

Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium

  • 7.1 surround sound
  • LCD projector
  • HD projector
  • VHS/DVD player
  • Blu-ray player
  • 2 podiums with touch-screen controls and VHS/DVD combo players

Manoogian Visual Resource Center

In 1997 the Manoogian Visual Resource Center was added to the campus. This building currently houses the college's Library and Center Galleries.


  • More than 50,000 volumes in print, 90% of which are devoted to art and design
  • 274 periodicals from worldwide sources
  • More than 50 electronic databases for research including the Gnomon Workshop subscription
  • More than 2,500 DVDs
  • A digital database (Luna web) of more than 35,000 images for teaching and research

Center Galleries

  • Alumni & Faculty Hall
  • Main gallery
  • Permanent gallery collection
  • Revolving student exhibition

Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden

A collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts, the park-like sculpture garden features a number of works on permanent loan from the collection of the DIA.  The contributions of the DIA include:

  • Alexander Calder’s 1967 “The X and its Tails”
  • Beverly Pepper’s 1983 “Normanno Wedge”
  • Richard Serra’s 1971 “Mozarabe”
  • Reuben Nakian’s 1964-66 “Goddess of the Golden Thighs”
  • Richard Nonas’ 1997 “Hip and Spine (Stone Chair Setting)”
  • Etienne-Martin’s 1946 “Grand Couple”
  • Albert Paley’s 1992 “Untitled”
  • Anthony Caro’s 1971 “Up Front”
  • Michael D. Hall’s 1972 “Ashtabula”
  • Raymond Duchamp-Villon's 1914 "Le Cheval Majeur (The Grand Horse)"
  • George Rickey's 1971 "Two Lines Oblique Down"

Yamasaki Building

The Yamasaki Building is the oldest building on campus, as it was the only building in the fall of 1958 when the School (not yet a college) moved to 245 East Kirby. Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the building is now a full student service center, housing Academic Advising and Registration, Business Services, a satellite Bookstore, Career Services, Financial Aid, International Student Services, Multicultural AffairsPersonal Counseling and Student Affairs. Information Technology Services and Human Resources are also located in the Yamasaki Building.

Art Centre Building

The Art Centre Building (ACB) is one of CCS's two locations for student housing. The ACB offers 12 floors of suite-style accommodations for students.

Building Resources

  • Apartment-style dorm rooms
  • Fitness room
  • Laundry room
  • Spray room

A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

  1. Floors 1-4

  2. Floor 6

  3. Floor 7

  4. Floor 8

  5. Floor 9

  6. Floor 10

  7. Floor 11

Floors 1-4

Floors 1-4 of the Taubman Center house the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, a charter art and design middle and high school. Additionally, there are several other services available to students and the community. The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is located on the first floor in addition to the Valade Family Gallery, the Argonaut Grill, Tim Hortons and the College's main Bookstore.


  • 3,000 square feet of retail space
  • Text books
  • School supplies
  • Art materials
  • Computer supplies
  • Snacks
  • CCS clothing & memorabilia


  • TC Café
  • Tim Horton’s
  • Argonaut Grill

Detroit Creative Corridor Center

  • The DC3 supports the growth of Detroit's creative economy through business acceleration and attraction services and signature programming tailored specifically to creative professionals.

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

  • Middle & high school
  • Grades 6-10
  • Curriculum with a strong emphasis on art & design

Other Resources

  • Bob & Ellen Thompson Gymnasium
  • Valade Family Gallery

Floor 6

The Community Arts Partnerships and Precollege & Continuing Studies Offices are located on the 6th floor of the Taubman Center with the College's Imaging Center and 24/7 Commuter Lounge and Computer Lab.

24/7 Lab

  • 15 Mac & 5 PC desktops
  • Scanners
  • Black & white printers
  • Xerox color printer

24/7 Commuter Lounge

  • Comfy chairs
  • Work tables
  • Pool table
  • Television

Imaging Center

  • High-end, laser printing up to 13"x19"
  • Professional, inkjet printing up to 44" in width
  • Competitive pricing
  • Finishing services include wire & plastic coil binding and stack cutting

CCS's Graduate Programs Color & Materials Design, Integrated Design, Interaction Design and Transportation Design departments are located on floor 9.

Floor 8

Floor 8 includes the Advertising:CopywritingAdvertising Design and Graphic Design departments in addition to loft-style student housing.

Printing Labs

  • Mac desktops
  • Scanners
  • Black & white printers

Student Housing

  • Loft-style rooms
  • "Dirty room" workspace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community room
  • Fitness room

Other Resources

  • Student hub
  • Shared production area
  • Xerox Phaser color duplexing printer

Floor 9

CCS's undergraduate Interior Design and Fashion Accessories Design departments are located on floor 9. Additionally, the Color and Materials Library, a unique collection of more than 3,000 volumes focused on trends forecasting, sustainable materials and design is available to students. Student housing is also offered on this floor.

Color & Materials Library

The library collection includes 75 periodicals, more than 3,000 books and hundreds of material samples. The collection of books and magazines focuses on product design, materials, graphic design, interior design, advertising, transportation design, architecture, fashion, and trends. The frequently updated materials collection consists of over 1,000 reference samples of textiles, metals, plastics, wood, bamboo, cork, glass, paper, and color swatches. The library subscribes annually to New York-based Material ConneXion, WGSN, LS:N Global and STYLUS electronic databases, which are available to all students and faculty. In addition, the library provides the full Pantone Color Reference Library and color specifier in its color theory collection. There are four computers for internet searching and word processing, and two scanners for materials that cannot leave the Library. In addition, an I-pad is stationed between the two computers to access Josef Albers complete Interaction of Color, and a Gretag MACBETH light testing box is available to aid in color matching and evaluation. For information on any of the Library's services and materials, please contact Amy Seipke, Color & Materials Librarian () at 313.664.1638.

Student Housing

  • Loft-style rooms
  • "Dirty room" workspace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community room
  • Game room
  • Student hub

Floor 10

Floor 10 includes the Product Design and Transportation Design departments in addition to loft-style student housing.

Student Housing

  • Loft-style rooms
  • "Dirty room" workspace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Meeting room
  • Student hub

Floor 11

The 11th floor of the Taubman Center houses the College's Transportation Design studio spaces, rapid prototyping equipment, a CNC five access mill and ventilated spray booth. Additionally, the College's Benson & Edith Ford Conference Center is located on this level.

Other Facilities

  • Car-sized ventilated spray booth
  • Rapid prototyping equipment
  • CNC five access mill
  • Laser cutter
  • Clay modeling studio
  • Five 3D printers

Benson & Edith Ford Conference Center

  • 16,000-square-feet including the Auditorium and the Conference Center Breakout Rooms

  • 3,500-square-foot  Prefunction Gallery perfect receptions and gatherings

  • Freight elevator that accommodates full size vehicles

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