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Dual Enrollment

Earn College Credit

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can take college-level art and design courses before graduating from high school. Students earn college credits that can be applied to CCS or transfer to any college of their choice. Classes are available in person and online.

Save Money

Students can 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. (Funding varies by school district but typically ranges between $500 – $700 per course.)

A limited number of “Design for an Equitable Future” scholarships are available for specific dual enrollment courses. Apply by April 15.

Build Your Portfolio

A strong art and design portfolio is the key to admissions. Students participating in dual enrollment create college-level work which can translate into better scholarship offers.

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

Course Options

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Figurative Illustration I

The job of an illustrator is to tell stories, so it’s important that they master figure drawing. This class is the first step towards that goal. Our primary subject will be the human figure. The student will be pushed to develop a linear process for creating a figurative drawing from beginning to end using a variety of drawing materials. This process will be supplemented by extensive study of art history, light and shadow, proportion, and basic anatomy and drapery. Students will create illustration pieces for their portfolios.

This course will be taught by a team of professional artists and illustrators.

Available online. TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all Illustration majors.

This course is sponsored by a generous “Design for an Equitable Future” grant funded by GM. Needs-based scholarships are available. Apply by April 15

 

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Intro to Product Design: Sneakers

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the four phases of the design process: research, ideation, refinement, and finalization. Students are exposed to social, economic and market needs, along with sustainable processes. Students will work toward a design for an athletic shoe worthy of their portfolios.

This course will be taught by a team of instructors including professionals who have designed shoes for Nike, Jordan, and Adidas brands.

Available online. TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all Product Design majors.

This course is sponsored by a generous “Design for an Equitable Future” grant funded by GM. Needs-based scholarships are available. Apply by April 15.

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Fashion Design Processes

Use research methods to enable you to design a collection that can be applied to various areas including menswear, women’s wear, etc. You will take inspirational cross-disciplinary ideas and translate them to a workable concept. At the end of the semester, you will present a fully illustrated collection focusing on a specific client area (men, women, children, etc.)

This course will be taught by a team of instructors including fashion designers Aki Choklat, Donavan Dewberry, and Tracy Reese as well as fashion illustrator, Julie Muszynski.

Available online. TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all Fashion Accessories Design Majors.

This course is sponsored by a generous “Design for an Equitable Future” grant funded by GM. Needs-based scholarships are available. Apply by April 15.

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Transportation Design Freshman Studio 1

This course introduces students to the basic principles of transportation design drawing. Students develop an understanding of 3-dimensional solids on a 2-dimensional surface. This will be accomplished by practicing fundamental drafting methods, practical ideation techniques, and basic mock-up construction. Students will create work for their portfolios.

This course will be taught by a CCS faculty and automotive designers from GM.

Available online. MW 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all Transportation Design majors.

This course is sponsored by a generous “Design for an Equitable Future” grant funded by GM. Needs-based scholarships are available. Apply by April 15.

Drawing 1: Rapid Concepts

Students learn essential drawing skills and then begin to develop more creative and expressive In this introductory drawing course, students define the basic methods and principles of applied volumetric drawing with perspective and form, and rapid concept development through the visual description of imagined and observed objects using line variance, value, and composition.

Available Online; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or Saturdays 10 am-3 pm with a 12-1 lunch break

Required course for all CCS majors

Drawing II: Style & Skill

This course follows Drawing I and explores figure drawing with an understanding of gesture, proportion, geometric forms in space, and the definition of complex surfaces. Shorter poses with less finish will be used to capture form, volume, and gesture as exercises in rapid visualization. Students will also execute finished drawings. Poses will range in length from several seconds to two and a half hours.

Prerequisites: Foundation Drawing 1

Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m., TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

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

Digital Techniques

Students will explore the computer as a tool in support of the artist/designer’s practice. Students work with Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis on Photoshop and Illustrator to gain an understanding of the tools used to create and manipulate digital imagery.

Available as an Online Hybrid. Students work independently online with designated zoom meetings: T 4-6:45 pm, or W 4-6:45 pm.

Students will have access to Adobe Creative Suite through CCS for the duration of this course.
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Required course for all CCS Majors

 

2D Design Principles

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.

Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m., TW 4-6:45 p.m., or Saturdays 8:30am – 3:30pm (with a 11:15am-12:45pm break.)

Students will have access to Adobe Creative Suite through CCS for the duration of this course.

Review the virtual desktop directions 

Required course for all CCS majors

3D Concepts: Form & Space

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.

Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m., TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all CCS Majors

Communication Design – Typography 1

Develop an understanding of two-dimensional design space and the unique nature of typographic communication principles. Through a series of projects centered around the role of type in communication design, students develop an understanding of typographic aesthetics, concepts of organization, understanding language-based messages to achieve a particular hierarchy, while emphasizing the role of analog and digital tools to achieve well-crafted solutions with specific communication intent.

Available in person: MW 4-6:45 p.m.

Students will have access to Adobe Creative Suite through CCS for the duration of this course. See below for technical requirements.

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Required course for Communication Design majors

Process and 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 proper use of tools and safety protocol, including cutting and joining methods and the properties of a variety of materials. Students will learn to plan a project from idea through the finished object. The course provides the entry-level student basic knowledge of techniques for model and prototype fabrication. The student will complete a urethane foam & wood model using orthographic drawings. Shaping, sanding and finishing of various materials with the appropriate tools are taught, as well as preparing surfaces for paint, primer and graphics through final assembly.

Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for Entertainment Arts, Interior Design, Product Design, and Transportation Design majors

3D Techniques

This course will familiarize the student with the 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.

Available in person: Sat all day with a lunch break

Required course for Art Practice (Fine Arts), Communication Design, and Crafts and Materials majors.

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.

Available in person only; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Required course for all Ceramics majors.

Application & Registration Information

Option 1

​Students who wish to receive financial support from their Michigan school district must submit the following items:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment application form and checklist (see “Dual Enrollment Form”)
  • Letter from your high school guidance counselor stating that you are approved to participate and the dollar amount that the district will pay toward the $900 cost of tuition

Option 2

If you would like to take a dual enrollment course without the financial support of your school district, you can register directly.

Option 3

A limited number of scholarships are available for students to take “Figurative Illustration 1,” “Fashion Design Processes,” “Intro to Product Design: Sneakers” or “Transportation Design Freshman Studio 1.” Students who attend disadvantaged school districts (For example: Title 1) may apply for a “Design for an Equitable Future” scholarship. Students awarded this scholarship may take the class at no cost to themselves or to their school district. Plus students will receive all supplies needed for the class. Apply by April 15.

Application Due Dates*

Fall Semester – 2021
Seats are filled on a first come first serve basis. We recommend applying for dual enrollment by May 15th. However, seats may still be available until August 15, 2021.

Winter Semester – 2022
Seats are filled on a first come first serve basis. We recommend applying for dual enrollment by November 15th. However, seats may still be available until December 20, 2021.

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