Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Courses

Start earning college credit while still in high school.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in high school have the opportunity to take a variety of Freshman level art and design classes at CCS during the Fall and Winter semesters and earn college credits that can be applied to a future undergraduate program at CCS or the college of their choice. The CCS dual enrollment discount offers students to take a $4,617 course for only $900. Many students are also eligible to receive additional funds via the State of Michigan School Aid Act. Classes are available after school at our Detroit campus or online on Saturdays. 

For more information about Dual Enrollment contact the Office of Precollege and Continuing Studies at 313.664.7456.

Foundation Drawing 1

This course is the first course at the undergraduate level and does not assume that the student has any strongly developed drawing skills. It is further assumed that the experienced student profits by exposure to a systematic exploration of drawing methods. Its primary purpose is to introduce the student to basic concepts in drawing and then, begin to develop more creative and expressive responses. Drawing I moves the student into a more volumetric understanding of drawing as well as considerable emphasis on observational, formal composition and design.


Drawing II  - Visualization

This course follows Drawing I as an observational and volumetric approach to drawing with an emphasis on rapid visualization of the figure, and perspective. It is assumed that the student has a fundamental understanding of basic drawing concepts and skills appropriate to further exploration at this level. This course expands the skills to note and develop ideas by exploring more advanced problems in drawing, including the ability to draw the figure with an understanding of gesture, proportion, geometric forms in space, and the definition of complex surfaces. While executing finished drawings will be stressed as part of this course, shorter poses with less finish will be used to capture form, volume, and gesture as exercises in rapid visualization. Poses will range in length from several seconds to two and a half hours.

Required course for: Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Interior Design, Product Design, and Transportation Design

Prerequisites: Foundation Drawing 1

Digital Techniques

This introductory course in computer skills is a requirement to complete the Foundation curriculum. Students will explore the computer as a tool in support of artist/designer's practice, including software required for the college information system, word processing and creative digital imagery in both pixel and vector-based software. Students work with popular software packages, appropriate for design, to gain an understanding of the tools used to create and manipulate digital imagery and to develop a broad understanding of how and why the computer is so prominent in image-making today.

Only available online. Students must have access to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to take this course.


2D Design

This course is an introduction to the principles, vocabulary and mechanics of two-dimensional design, including the exploration and application of color theory. Students will explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques. 


3D Design

This course is an introduction to the principles, vocabulary and mechanics of three-dimensional design, including the exploration and application of color theory. Students explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques. 


Model Making

This course is designed to give entry-level students a basic knowledge of construction and fabrication techniques for model making. Students will train in the process of tools and safety protocol including cutting and joining methods and the properties of various materials. Students will plan a project from idea to finished object. The student will complete a urethane foam and wood model using orthographic drawings.


3D Techniques

This course will familiarize the student with basic construction and fabrication techniques of the wood and metal shops at CCS. Through the completion of a series of small projects, students will be introduced to the majority of tools and machines within the shops. Students will also learn a wide variety of methods and techniques needed to safely complete future projects. Safety is the MOST essential function of this course. Students will earn the certification required for continued shop access by receiving at minimum a grade of 2.0 / C in this class.


Ceramics: Wheel Throwing

Learn to use the potter's wheel as an expressive tool! Traditional techniques and forms are covered, such as teapots, plates, bowls and covered containers. The aim is for students to find their individual expression within the context of tradition. CREDITS: 3.00


Additional Course Options

If there is a course you are very eager to take that is not listed here, please inquire with us directly. High school students with junior or senior ranking can request permission from a department chair to enroll and attend a course. Let us guide you through the process. Please see the "Dual Enrollment Application Materials" to find out more.

Application & Registration Information

Option 1

Work with your high school counselor to see if you are eligible for Dual Enrollment through your school district. If so, you must submit the following items:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment application form and checklist (see “Dual Enrollment Form”)
  • Letter/documentation from your high school counselor confirming your eligibility
  • Promise to Pay letter from your school district
  • Payment of your tuition balance at the time of registration (once student has been granted permission by the department to enroll)

Option 2

If you are not eligible for Dual Enrollment through your high school, but are still interested in taking a college-level course at CCS, you must submit the following items:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment application form and checklist (see “Dual Enrollment Form")
  • Full payment at the time of registration (once student has been granted permission by the department to enroll)

Dual Enrollment applications are handled by CCS’s Office of Precollege and Continuing Studies. For more information on Dual Enrollment, please contact us at 313.664.7456 or at .

Dual Enrollment Form

Application Due Dates*

November 30 for Winter Semester (classes meet January – May)

August 15 for Fall Semester (classes meet September – December)

*Summer semester courses are not eligible for Dual Enrollment tuition assistance, but are available at the CCS Summer tuition rate.