About Us


The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice (Fine Arts), Communication Design, Craft & Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s University Prep: Art & Design is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

The BFA degree requires completion of 126 credit hours: 84 in studio areas and 42 in general studies courses. In addition to coursework in their chosen major, first-year students take courses in the Foundation Department, where they study drawing, color theory and basic design. Students in all majors also take courses in the Liberal Arts Department, designed to provide them with an understanding of the larger social and cultural context in which they live. Typical weekly schedules for full-time students comprise 24 studio hours and six academic hours.

Undergraduate programs

Master of Fine Arts

The College's MFA degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking and Transportation Design are terminal degrees that prepare students for leadership in industries that rely on design. The MFA degree programs share core curricula, with variations in technology components, and the focus and content of industry sponsored projects.

The MFA degree requires completion of 60 credit hours. Distinctive among MFA programs in the United States, CCS's graduate programs are grounded in the conviction that the most effective designers are those who have a firm grasp of the business world.

Graduate programs


CCS is located in Detroit's Midtown, where students will find a variety of activities near campus to enrich their studies and provide entertainment. The Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the largest art museums in the country, are both located next to CCS's Walter and Josephine Ford campus. Admission to the DIA is free for CCS students. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest of its kind in the country, is also located next to campus. University and public libraries, galleries, great restaurants, and live music venues showcasing indie rock, hip hop, techno, folk, jazz and blues also can be found close by.

Experience CCS and Detroit

While Detroit offers all the advantages you would expect from a big city, it is unique in many ways. For one, it‘s affordable. The city is also one of the largest markets in the country for advertising, industrial design and publishing – which means students have access to internships, jobs, and faculty mentors who are active in their fields. Ultimately, Detroit has been known for making things – this combination of craftsmanship and technology makes it a perfect place for an art and design school.

Undergraduate Fast Facts

Fall 2020
Undergraduate Enrollment - 1392

39% male
61% female

85% full-time
15% part-time

36% reside in campus housing
64% reside off campus

80% from Michigan
20% from 32 states and 16 countries

Enrollment by Department
Advertising Design - 77
Art Education (post degree only) - 6
Art Practice - 65
Communication Design - 128
Copywriting - 1
Craft and Material Studies - 44
Entertainment Arts - 361
Fashion Accessories Design - 45
Illustration - 261
Interior Design - 45
Photography - 60
Product Design - 136
Transportation Design - 143
Undeclared - 20

Ethnic Background
 7% International
 12% Black or African American
 7% Hispanic/Latino
 <1% American Indian or Alaska Native
55% White (Non-Hispanic)
 5% Asian
5% Two or more races
8% Race/ethnicity unknown
 <1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees
Tuition - $46,170
Required fees (average) - $1,415
Housing - $6,100 - $7,200
Meal plans - $1,450 - $2,900

First-Time First Yr. to Second Year Retention - 70%
National Average/Private - Traditional = 70.8%
All Colleges = 69.0%
Selective = 82.0%

Graduation Rate (per 2019/20 IPEDS) - 70%
National Average/Private - Traditional = 50.8%
All Colleges = 46.0%
Selective = 67.4%

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen - 3.36

Average Age - 21

Student-to-Faculty Ratio - 10:1

Financial Aid
98% of CCS students receive some form of institutional, State or Federal financial assistance.

Graduate Fast Facts

Fall 2020
Graduate Enrollment - 50
58% male
42% female

76% full-time
24% part-time

36% reside in campus housing
64% reside off campus

38% from Michigan
62% from 4 states/US Territories and 9 countries

Enrollment by Department
Color and Materials Design - 21
Integrated Design - 9
Interaction Design - 6
Transportation Design - 14

Ethnic Background
50% International
 4% Hispanic/Latino
 6% Black or African American
 30% White
 0% American Indian or Alaska Native
 2% Two or more races
 6% Asian
 2% Race/ethnicity unknown
 0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

2020-2021 Annual Tuition and Fees
Tuition - $48,240
Required Fees - $1,415
Housing (average) - $6,100 - $7,200
Meal Plan (average) - $1,450 - $2,900

Average Age - 27