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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.

Fall 2022
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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply color theory to various projects (Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, creating color schemes and combinations).
  • Identify, describe and apply the 5 principles of design.
  • Generate layouts images that utilize proper proportion, composition and meaning and tension as applied to studio practice.
  • Compare methods for using design and good organization in presenting clear project concepts that will be demonstrated in final project outcomes.
  • Create and manipulate images and graphics in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Demonstrate an introductory ability to use and understand mechanical and digital processes relevant to the creation of well-crafted messages.

Review the virtual desktop directions

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available In Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or TTH 4-6:45pm or Online without designated class meeting times.
Recommended for students interested in Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design. 

 

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively utilize online learning tools such as LinkedInLearning.com and tutorials.
  • Utilize the College’s digital systems including Canvas, file storage, printing, email, and other college systems as they evolve.
  • Create vector graphics that show competency in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Create and manipulate raster graphics that show competency in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create an online presence.

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online M, T, W or Th 4-6:45pm with additional asynchronous work or online without designated class meeting times
Recommended for students interested in Art Practice, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design, and Transportation Design.
Computer access is required for this course.

Below are the minimum recommended specifications needed for this course. All computers in CCS labs meet or exceed these specifications. Dual enrolled students will have access to the CCS computer lab during building hours.

  • Mac: 8GB RAM, Graphics card with 1GB video memory, 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive @7200RPM 
  • Windows: Windows 10 Operating System, 8GB RAM, Graphics card with 1GB video memory 500GB Hard Drive @7200RPM 

Review the virtual desktop directions

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of 1, 2 and 3-point perspective. 
  • Demonstrate confidence in rapid concept development and generating multiple iterations on an  assigned theme. 
  • Describe Imagined and observed objects, environments and figures using line variance and value. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to draft a perspective image from orthographic views.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available In-Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or online Th 4-6:45 pm with additional asynchronous work
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in: Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

Figurative Illustration 1

An illustrator tells stories and the figure is the core of many stories. This means figure drawing is a key skill for any illustrator to master. This class is the first step towards that goal. Our primary subject will be the live nude figure model. 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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Proportionately measure the figure.
  • Construct the figure with simple shapes.
  • Draw the figure with volume and energy
  • Use an understanding of structure to inform organic observational drawing
  • Map shadows onto a structural drawing in order to communicate lighting on a figure.
  • Draw a figure from life in the correct proportion using simple construction and measuring
  • Understand how to use various media to create the desired drawings and effects
  • Articulate how the figure has been represented in art history through an understanding of past and current figurative artists. 
  • Understand how to prioritize time when drawing a quick pose versus a long pose.
  • Understand basic drapery and be able to simplify effectively.
  • Separate a figure into simple light and dark shapes.

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online; TTH  Time TBD
Apply for a scholarship

*This course is partially funded by the GM “Design for an Equitable Future Grant” Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Illustration.

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Intro to Product Design: Footwear

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the four phases of the design process using athletic footwear as a product.  Students are exposed to problem solving based on user needs, along with material considerations and manufacturing processes. Students should demonstrate a basic understanding of problem-solving methodology and its application to user needs. 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Incorporate the design process as defined by phases of the project. 
  • Define the needs of a specific target market/athlete/sport 
  • Formulate footwear concepts based on the performance needs of an athlete/sport. 
  • Create mood/inspiration boards to inform design direction and story. 
  • Conceive and sketch ideas informed by inspirational ideas and images. 
  • Organize and present a design process story and final concept.

 

Fall semester
Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online; TTH  Time TBD
Apply for a scholarship

*This course is partially funded by the GM “Design for an Equitable Future Grant” Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Product Design.

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Transportation Design Studio 1

This course introduces students to the basic principles of transportation design drawing. These principles are to understand the basic structure 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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating 3 view orthographic design layouts 
  • Translate an original 2D perspective design sketch themes into a three-view orthographic layout
  • Create a section model from the student’s orthographic drawing
  • Create a well-crafted visual presentation of the student’s final project


Fall semester
Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online; MW  Time TBD
Apply for a scholarship

*This course is partially funded by the GM “Design for an Equitable Future Grant” Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Transportation Design

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Western Art History

This course is a survey of Western Art and visual culture from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other than to present an outline history of Western art, this course seeks to introduce students cumulatively to the critical concepts and vocabulary in the study of art history, visual culture, art appreciation and historiography of art, that is, the study of the writing about art and its history. The course will seek to introduce students to historically relevant accounts of the philosophical, religious, poetic and technological contexts of art as well as to introduce new forms of historical thinking on the relevance of the recognition of social, political and economic, (race, class and gender)in the understanding of both the making of art and its audience.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online without designated class meeting times. Recommended for all students.

Fall 2022
Courses Available In-Person at Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights

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.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of 1, 2 and 3-point perspective.
    • Demonstrate confidence in rapid concept development and generating multiple iterations on an assigned theme.
    • Describe Imagined and observed objects, environments and figures using line variance and value.
    • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to draft a perspective image from orthographic views.

 

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available In-Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or
Online Th 4-6:45 pm with additional asynchronous work
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in: Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.
This course PCS 101 is the non-matriculating equivalent course to DFN 101

 

Fall 2022
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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply color theory to various projects (Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, creating color schemes and combinations).
  • Identify, describe and apply the 5 principles of design.
  • Generate layouts images that utilize proper proportion, composition and meaning and tension as applied to studio practice.
  • Compare methods for using design and good organization in presenting clear project concepts that will be demonstrated in final project outcomes.
  • Create and manipulate images and graphics in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Demonstrate an introductory ability to use and understand mechanical and digital processes relevant to the creation of well-crafted messages.

Review the virtual desktop directions

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available In Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or TTH 4-6:45pm or online without designated class meeting times. Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Define and use a basic vocabulary to describe the elements of three-dimensional design. 
  • Use materials, tools and techniques to complete projects as assigned. 
  • Complete a series of projects that exhibit attention to visual balance, materials properties, and fundamental engineering. 
  • Employ basic aesthetic visual and tactile properties of three-dimensional line, plane, form and space. 
  • Articulate oral critique ideas that affect the three-dimensional components of art and design. 

 


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m., TTH 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of 1, 2 and 3-point perspective. 
  • Demonstrate confidence in rapid concept development and generating multiple iterations on an assigned theme. 
  • Describe Imagined and observed objects, environments and figures using line variance and value. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to draft a perspective image from orthographic views.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available In-Person; MW 4-6:45 p.m. or online Th 4-6:45 pm with additional asynchronous work
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in: Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

Ceramics: Slipcasting

The emphasis of this course is on plaster-casting techniques for making high-resolution molds. The course also explores surface glazing, colored clays and high-temperature reduction salt firings. Students choose a form, which may be derived from hard-edged industrial materials (i.e. machine parts or commercial products) or organic items from nature (i.e. vegetables, fruits, biomorphic shapes) and produce their concept in multiples. Works may range from sculptural assemblage to functional pouring vessels, such as teapots.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for students interested in Craft and Materials Studies.

 

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.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for students interested in Craft and Materials Studies

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 an evolving scientific, philosophical, and cultural phenomenon.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Organize visual design elements (2D/3D) that apply concepts of color theory across media and  material environments.  
  • Emphasize critical thinking and experimentation through an iterative design process that explores  color and light as key elements across media and materials. 
  • Create a series of projects that considers the role of color and light that are conceptually linked.  
  • Consider the perceptual nature of color and light and its ability to transcend cultural contexts a conveyor of messages.  
  • Understanding the multiple roles of color/light contribute to projects, considering its symbolic,  functional, and aesthetic impact on objects, spaces, and experiences. 

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for students interested in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Digital Film, and Photography.

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate intermediate skills in perspective from observation and imagination.
  • Understand the human proportion and how to stylize it. 
  • Employ shape language to line and value. 
  • Accurately depict the human form through and its surrounding environment by various methods  including gesture sketching, overlaying of images and photographs or digital tools.) 
  • Apply compelling composition and technique skills with an effective visual narrative. 

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Foundation Drawing 1
Available in person;  MW 4-6:45pm or TTH 4-6:45pm
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

Fashion Re-Interpretation

In this course students use their creativity by constructing new garments from thrifted items using classic apparel techniques. Students will learn sustainability principles through these activities and be part of the challenges of climate change. The course will feature in a live fashion show at the Filmore Theatre in Detroit on December 2nd.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify usable materials from previously constructed designs 
  • Implementing materials from previously constructed garment
  • Executing new designs using sustainability principles such as up-cycling
  • Summarizing ideas into a new wearable garment. 

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available Online; MW  4-6:45pm

Apply for a scholarship

*This course is partially funded by the GM “Design for an Equitable Future Grant”
This elective course is recommended for students interested in Fashion Design

 

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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.

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Crafts and Materials

Image Concepts 1

An introduction to analog image-making that investigates analog media and techniques from gestures to contemporary interdisciplinary processes. Students will problem-solve key concepts through a series of individual and collective projects that rethink drawing beyond observation and perception, incorporating research, chance, and experimentation.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Digital Film, and Photography.

Jewelry Making and Metals: Holloware

Functional and nonfunctional objects are derived from the traditional vessel format. Traditional forming operations for sheet metal are explored; experimentation is encouraged.


Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; TTH 4-6:45 p.m.
This elective course is recommended for students interested in Craft and Materials Study.

Jewelry Making and Metals: Blacksmithing

This class is an introduction to traditional blacksmithing techniques. Students explore the hand forging of ferrous and non-ferrous metals into a variety of decorative and utilitarian objects with an emphasis on traditional joinery techniques. Topics include terms and vocabulary, hand proficiencies related to blacksmithing technology, tool making, and a survey of this versatile process with a focus on its historical relevance. Beginning level students focus on foundation skills associated with the manipulation of metal using the hammer and anvil. Must be 16 years of age or older.

Dates: September 6 – December 17
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m.
Recommended for students interested in Craft and Materials Studies.

 

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.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Operate shop equipment, including hand and machine tools, needed to safely create projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of model making processes and techniques.
  • Accurately measure with special attention to cutting, assembly and order of operations. 
  • Select and plan appropriate materials for intended model components.
  • Demonstrate basic finishing techniques along with safety considerations when applying various finishes. 
  • Create a well-crafted and accurate scale model from an orthographic drawing.


Dates: September 6 – December 17, 2022
Credits: 3
Available in person; MW 4-6:45 p.m., TTH 4-6:45 p.m. or Sat 8:30a.m.-3:30p.pm. with a break between 11:30a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Recommended for dual enrollment students interested in Entertainment Arts, Illustration, Product Design, and Transportation Design.

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

Ten scholarship seats are available in the following courses: “Fashion Design Fundamentals,”  “Figurative Illustration 1,” “Intro to Product Design: Footwear,” and “Transportation Design Studio 1.”

Scholarship seats are awarded based on criteria established by the “Design for an Equitable Future” grant.

Application Due Dates*

Fall Semester – 2022
Registration opens on March 15, 2022. 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, 2022.

Winter Semester – 2023
Registration opens on October 15, 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.

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