Graduate
Programs (MFA)

Step up to an MFA.
An interdisciplinary approach to curriculum.

2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog (4 MB PDF)

CCS prepares students to be global citizens empowered by creativity in shaping the future. Here, creative minds thrive and ideas flourish.

Our programs are contextually rich, emphasizing research-led practice and business acumen for the creative economy.

A master’s degree from CCS will help you advance your creative practice and develop as a critical thinker, while gaining expertise and knowledge to enhance your career opportunities. The College for Creative Studies offers four distinct graduate programs: Color & Materials Design, Systems Design Thinking, Interaction Design and Transportation Design.

All of our graduate programs are available in both full-time and part-time mode, allowing our curricula to fit around a busy life.

The only U.S. city designated as a UNESCO City of Design, Detroit is the ideal ground for incubating the next generation of creative innovators. CCS brings the city’s resources and learning opportunities to students through its curriculum—through social—impact partnerships and creative projects with local design and business communities. 

CCS MFA prepares students for a sustainable career in design, not just a job. New designers have to be prepared to meet future challenges. We make sure they are. The CCS MFA integrates both thinking and making—transforming ideas into applicable and relevant solutions. An education in design thinking can be applied to a wide variety of problems: delivering new products, new services and new ways of running or creating businesses. We educate designers who have a firm grasp of the business practices that most new hires typically learn on the job; they learn to lead and to drive business value. MFA graduates emerge ready to build a career at an agency, consultancy, non-profit or begin an entrepreneurial pursuit.

CCS supports cross-pollination, promoting discourse across disciplines. Electives allow students to build on their unique interests by taking courses from any graduate or undergraduate program. Students can also participate in a number of interdisciplinary collaborative projects that explore new ideas, approaches and skills.

A proven approach to curricula and real-world experience. Students entering the MFA degree programs share a foundation curriculum of research, studio, and business practices. Concentration on a single MFA program gives students the opportunity to focus on technology components and work on industry-specific projects.