Precollege Summer Experience


Summer at CCS: one of the smartest moves you'll make

July 12-August 1, 2020

Our Precollege program helps you build your portfolio and prepare you for college. So step into something totally new — something you have never tried before, or enhance what you already know about your favorite subject. Choose a studio concentration and tackle a project. Study for three weeks and create a knock-out portfolio. You’ll meet new people, have the option to live on campus, learn from professionals, receive feedback from admissions counselors and participate in a final exhibition of student work.

Through the CCS Precollege Summer Experience you will earn 3.0 college credits, prepare college-level work, develop your interests and talent, and build your portfolio.

The Summer Experience program is perfect for high school students who have completed freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year. Resident and commuter enrollment is available.

Register for the Precollege Summer Experience

Summer Experience Studio Concentrations:

Develop and enhance your hand-drawing techniques and apply your skills to computer animation software.  Learn how to  develop your animation through ideation, storyboarding and character development.

Design an athletic shoe that is forward thinking, has street cred, and is worthy of a $1 million dollar celebrity deal. Working both with hand drawn sketching and 3D computer modeling students will develop their vision of shoe design that is functional and aesthetically satisfying.

Have you ever read a book and visualized how it would look on the big screen? Students will generate an idea for a movie and create visual representations that demonstrates their vision. Students will design characters, sets, props, and/or visual effects that helps tell their story.

Develop your style, learn professional Photoshop® techniques and work in a studio environment. Create images digitally, with and without a camera, and learn to make striking images. Work with digital tools to manage, enhance and correct your images.

Learn the basic concepts of drawing and then begin to develop more creative and expressive responses. The program moves the student into a more volumetric understanding of drawing, and includes emphasis on observational and formal composition and design.

Find your inspiration, develop your own fashion brand. Design and create fashion footwear and handbag proto- types in leather or vegan leather to create an overall look. Use trend forecasting and material selection for fashion-forward results.

Explore the world of computer generated imagery by creating characters, their stories and environments. Create maquettes of your character in clay and learn to visualize your creations in three dimensions. Investigate the latest industry software and tools to bring your ideas to life.

Develop a visual campaign strategy to promote a cause, event or location using the following visual promotional formats: poster, billboard, website, “giveaway” pieces and magazine ad. Learn to use Adobe® InDesign® and Photoshop® to lay out and produce printed solutions for your design challenges. Students should be comfortable working on computers. Adobe® Creative Suite® experience is not required.

Use both digital and hand drawing to express yourself visually. Experimentation is strongly encouraged as students develop their own style and learn about the methods and materials of illustrators. Software will be used to enhance the creative process.

Experience the challenge and excitement of designing your own concept car of the future. Learn in a studio environment that is similar to working in a major automobile manufacturer’s advanced concept studio. You will learn the fundamentals of gestural sketching, perspective for both interior and exterior automotive concepts, and how to translate designs into 3D models. You will receive feedback on your vehicle concepts from automotive design professionals.

"It was a very good experience that helped me make choices about art college." - Michael Pezok, PCSE Participant

"It taught me about leadership and the importance of precision, while exposing me to some of the best working professionals." - Andrew Nymeyer, PCSE Participant

Things you should know:

Student Conduct

CCS’s Precollege Summer Experience is designed for independent young people who will take initiative both in and outside of the classroom. If parents and their children are seeking a somewhat sheltered environment, they should consider the nature of this program before applying.

All students participating in CCS’s Precollege Summer Experience must sign, and abide by, the CCS Code of Student Conduct and Additional Program Rules which are sent to all students once enrolled in the program. Students are expected to understand and accept all Precollege Summer program rules and regulations and to observe them fully during their time at CCS. Precollege students are expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, and be respectful of personal and College property and of the rights of other students and staff. Both parents and applicants are required to affirm their knowledge and acceptance of these policies and rules; a statement to this effect must be signed by both parties prior to arriving on campus. All social and educational activities are planned by the College for Creative Studies Precollege & Continuing Studies Department.

Students who violate College policies, procedures and regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. Violations of college policies and regulations may result in such sanctions as a warning, probation and even dismissal. Certain violations, such as possession or use of alcohol or drugs, will result in immediate dismissal. Such actions are not a substitute for civil or criminal proceedings. All students, whether on or off campus, are also subject to local, state and federal laws. In addition, CCS reserves the right to dismiss students at any time for conduct determined to be detrimental to the CCS community or that violates federal, state or local law.

Meal Plans & Food Services

All meals will include options for vegetarians. Students with special dietary needs or food allergies are requested to note their needs on the PCSE application forms. Accommodations can be made however please note that not all dietary restrictions or preferences can be accommodated. All students have access to microwaves and vending machines in common areas. Students with severe food allergies are encouraged to bring supplemental food items with them. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served daily for residential students. Lunch and Dinner are provided for commuter students. Additional options: The Tim Horton’s and Argonaut Grill in the Taubman Center will be open at most mealtimes, but they determine their own operating hours. Additional option: Tim Horton’s in the Taubman Center will be open at most mealtimes, but they determine their own operating hours.

Unafiliated off-site food vendors do deliver to the Taubman Center.

Live on Campus or at Home

Life As A Resident
Live on campus in the CCS-supervised, historic and newly renovated A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The building combines living, learning, dining and administration services all in one and can only be accessed with an authorized CCS ID card. PCSE students must adhere to the residence hall rules, code of behavior and curfew. Students live in shared loft-like spaces with access to common social areas, exercise facilities and the dining area. No PCSE student can be away from campus overnight unless prior written permission from a parent or guardian is pre-approved by the PCS Office. Parents are strongly encouraged not to request student overnights and to keep sign-outs to a minimum. Students are supervised by the Assistant Resident Life Coordinator, CCS Mentors, and Precollege and Continuing Studies staff 24-hours a day.

Life As A Commuter
Life as a commuter offers all the benefits of attending, but you will sleep at home. You are required to attend all mandatory classes, open studios and activities Monday-Saturday and are encouraged to attend Sunday activities as well. Commuter students will not have access to the housing facility, but are encouraged to meet up with other PCSE students in lounges, computer labs, the cafeteria and library.

Summer Experience Scholarships

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 31

Full and partial scholarships are available and awarded based on overall merit of student’s application and demonstrated financial need. College representatives will consider your submission if received by March 31. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for scholarship awards.

Scholarship awards will be applied directly to student accounts and will be subtracted from the total balance due. Competition for full and partial scholarships is very strong, and funds are limited. In order to have awards applied to your student account, you must call to confirm acceptance of your award, commit to participation in the program, and if you were awarded a partial scholarship, submit the required commitment fee no later than one week after your award has been granted. Unclaimed awards will be considered forfeit and will be awarded to other deserving students.

Apply for a Summer Experience Scholarship

  1. Register for PCSE Classes
  2. Download and complete the Scholarship Application Form
  3. Include a digital copy of your parent’s/legal guardian’s final 2018 or 2019 U.S. Federal tax return
  4. Include 3–5 digital samples of your best work in any medium

Submit all completed scholarship application materials to . Or mail to:

College for Creative Studies
Precollege and Continuing Studies
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

Awards will be announced via mail by May 1, 2020.


Resident: $3,500
Includes room and board, most required art materials, full meal plan, on and off site activities, college credit and studio time.

Commuter: $3,045
Includes half board, most required art materials, on and off site activities, college credit and studio time.

Campus Safety

CCS has one of the safest college campuses in Michigan. You’ll be able to study, learn and create in an environment where you feel safe and secure. CCS security staff patrol both the Taubman Center and Ford Campus regularly, and are posted 24/7 inside the residence hall, parking structures, and in campus buildings. The parking structures are only accessible with a valid ID card. Campus safety statistics are available on our Website.

Two Sites, One Campus

Programs are run on either the Ford Campus or at the Taubman Center. Location is dictated by the curricula and their related facility requirements. CCS provides regular shuttle service with valid CCS ID between sites. All residents students will live and dine in the Taubman Center.