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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 $4,803 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.)


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.

Winter 2023
Courses Available Online

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 explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques.

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

Online: Without designated class times

Digital Techniques

This introductory course in computer skills is a requirement to complete the Foundation curriculum. Students explore the computer as a tool in support of artist/designer’s practice, including software required for the college information system 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.

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Online T or W  4-6:45pm with additional asynchronous work

Drawing 1: Rapid Concepts

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.

Online Th 4-6:45pm with additional asynchronous work

Drawing II: Style & Skill

Students will expand their understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and sketching, and develop their own personal sense of style and enhanced skill. A variety of drawing techniques are explored with a focus on creative composition, design and visual narrative. Additionally, the human figure will be  explored as a basis of understanding gesture, proportion, geometric forms in space and the definition of complex surfaces.

Prerequisite: Drawing 1: Rapid Concepts

Online; W 4-6:45pm with additional asynchronous work
Also available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m; TTH 4-6:45 p.m

Winter 2023
Courses Available In-Person In Detroit

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 explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques.

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

In Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

2D and 3D Integrated Design

This studio course introduces students to the interrelated nature of 2D and 3D forms, concepts, and materials, through a series of design exercises that explores the sensory nature of ideas from flat and geometric to physical and tactile.  Students work within an iterative process to create multiple projects, organizing visual elements in order to understand the role of aesthetics, meaning, and craft through project outcomes.  Projects further introduce students to the role of design thinking, in order to better understand the creative process.  Projects will be phased including research, concept ideation, visual development, prototyping, and the refinement of final design solutions with critical assessments built in strategically throughout the project duration.

In Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m

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.

In person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or  TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

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.

In person; Sat.  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a break from 11:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.)

Ceramics: Handbuilding

Students are given a progressive series of projects that promote exploration of both traditional and alternative building techniques such as coil, mold, slip cast, and slab.  Once these are completed, students choose a project of particular interest and expand the idea to achieve a personal contemporary expression.

In person; MW 4-6:45 p.m

Ceramics: Surface Matters

This course explores numerous glaze processes and application techniques and provides students with an understanding of how surface relates to and enhances three-dimensional forms.  Weekly demonstrations and lectures give students the basis for solving structured assignments.

In person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Color and Light Studies

Color and light studies will introduce students to the theory and practice of color through observation,  experimentation, readings, screenings, discussion, and creative projects. They will develop a working color vocabulary considering sensory experience, the psychology of color, personal preference, and historical and symbolic meanings of color. Students will also gain a fundamental and practical understanding of mixing color through traditional and non-traditional materials. This class is experiential and open-ended, an attempt to understand color and light as evolving scientific, philosophical, and cultural phenomena.

In person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

Drawing II: Style & Skill

Students will expand their understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and sketching, and develop  their own personal sense of style and enhanced skill. A variety of drawing techniques are explored with  a focus on creative composition, design and visual narrative. Additionally, the human figure will be  explored as a basis of understanding gesture, proportion, geometric forms in space and the definition of  complex surfaces.

Prerequisite: Drawing 1: Rapid Concepts

In person; MW 4-6:45 p.m; TTH 4-6:45 p.m
Also available online; W 4-6:45pm with additional asynchronous work

Glassblowing

In this course, students work on a one-to-one basis with the instructor, as well as participate in teamwork with other students.  This class takes an extensive look at the techniques used in historical glasswork as well as in contemporary studio work.

In person; MW 4-6:45 p.m

Jewelry and Metals: Casting

In this course, students explore the casting process as it relates to small metal objects. Various molds, waxes and casting materials are used.

In person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m

Performative Space

This introductory studio course provides students the opportunity to develop skills in presentation, storytelling, writing, and performance in a studio practice context.  Projects will broaden student’s understanding of contemporary current events, recontextualizing themes through their own voice or personal lens.  Students apply skills, materials, and tools gained thus far in their first-year experience to explore the narrative development of ideas found in contemporary culture that are relevant to the student and their area of disciplinary study.  Performative explorations, that may be collaborative in nature, provide students with presentation skills that prepare them to engage an audience, through a variety of sensory experiences and means.

In person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m

Process and Making

This course will familiarize students with the basic construction and fabrication techniques of design model construction.  Through the completion of a hand-held power tool model, students will be introduced to the majority of tools, machines and best practices needed to achieve successful models and projects within the Model Shop.  Special emphasis is placed on a high level of craftsmanship required in models for industry.  This course will familiarize students with surfacing techniques appropriate to model making and painting processes.  Students learn a wide variety of methods and techniques needed to safely complete future projects.  Safety is the MOST essential function of this course.

In person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.

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.

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

Application Due Dates*

Winter Semester – 2023
Registration opens on October 1, 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 16, 2022.

Fall Semester – 2023
Registration opens on March 15, 2023. Seats are filled on a first come first serve basis. We recommend applying for dual enrollment by May 15th. However, some seats may still be available until August 20, 2023.

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