Students hanging out in the sculpture garden on the Ford campus.

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

Summer 2022 – July 10-30 

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.

Select a Studio Concentration

2D Hand Drawn Animation

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

Instructor: Mike Winn, CCS Adjunct Professor Entertainment Arts

Advertising & Communication Design
Develop a visual campaign strategy and create posters,
billboards, and/or magazine ads that target your audience.
Learn to use Adobe Creative Suite to lay out and produce
solutions for your design challenges.*

Instructor: Ken Blaznek, CCS Adjunct Professor Foundations

Concept Art
Have you ever read a book and visualized how it would
look on the big screen? Students will generate an idea for
a movie, video game or an animated series and create visual
representations that ”bring their vision to life.” Students
will design characters, sets, props, environments and visual
effects that will help tell their story.

Instructor: Thorn Kurtzhals, CCS Adjunct Professor Entertainment Arts

Drawing Studio
Solid foundational drawing skills are key to every discipline
of art and design. Learn the basic concepts of observational
drawing and develop a more volumetric approach. Students will
work from live clothed models, still life and reference material.

Instructor: TBD

Game Art and 3D Character Modeling
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.

Instructor: TBD

Use both digital and hand-drawing techniques to express yourself visually and tell a story. Experimentation is strongly
encouraged as students develop their own style using Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Chalk Pastels and more.

Instructors: Kirbi Fagan, Erika Lebarre, John Martin, CCS Adjunct Professors Illustration

PENSOLE/CCS: Footwear Design
Step into the world of athletic shoe design and learn from industry experts who have trained more than 500 designers working for international brands like Nike®, adidas® and PUMA.® In this unique collaboration between PENSOLE and CCS, students will design footwear for a top brand based on their own inspiration.

Instructors: PENSOLE instructors: TBD; Steve Schock, CCS Professor Product Design

Street Photography and Digital Film
Capture the vibrant people and places that Detroit unique
in still images and video. Experiment with lighting and fashion models in the studio. Work with digital tools, music and sound effects to enhance your projects.

Instructor: Miranda Clark, CCS Adjunct Professor of Photography and Digital Film

Streetwear Fashion Design
Experience the energy of Detroit and create a streetwear brand that
captures your unique sense of style. Design and fabricate your brand’s
first line of sneakers and apparel. Walk away as your own brand ambassador,
outfitted from head to toe.

Instructor(s): Melanie McClintock, CCS Adjunct Professor, Color and Materials

Transportation Design
Experience the challenge and excitement of designing your own concept car of the future. Learn the fundamentals of gestural sketching and perspective for both interiors and exteriors, as well as how to translate designs into 3D models. You will receive feedback on your vehicle concepts from automotive design professionals.

Instructor: TBD

Earn Full Scholarship to Summer Camps

CCS offers opportunities to compete for a full-tuition scholarship to our Precollege Summer Experience programs

Learn More About Precollege Competitions

Apply for a Scholarship by March 31, 2021

Precollege Summer Experience Details

Tuition & Fees

Resident: $3,595 

Includes room and board, most required art materials, full meal plan, onsite and offsite activities, college credit and  

studio time. 


Commuter: $3,145

Half board, most required art materials, onsite and offsite activities, college credit and studio time. 


Resident students will live on CCS’s campus in the historic and newly renovated A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The building combines living, learning, dining and administration services all in one building 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.


Over 90% of Precollege Students live on campus during the Precollege Summer Experience.


Commuter  students enjoy all the benefits of attending except commuter students sleep at home. Commuters are required to attend all mandatory classes, open studios, and guest speakers sessions.  Commuter students will not have access to the housing facility, but are encouraged to participate in all activities and  meet up with other PCSE students in lounges, computer labs, the cafeteria and library. 

Food Service

All meals will include options for vegetarians and vegans. Students with special dietary needs or food allergies are requested to note their needs on the PSCE 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. 

International Students

Students requiring a visa to attend should apply no later than April 1, 2022. Visas are issued through the CCS Office of International Student Services. Courses are taught in English.  There are no TOEFL requirements to participate.

Art Supplies

Most required materials are provided  by PCSE for students; however, there  may be specific materials in any concentration that students will require or desire for their work. Families should expect to spend between $50 — $150 on additional materials. CCS’s bookstore maintains a stock of materials. Additional information will be provided in your confirmation packet.


Full and Partial grants may be awarded to students based on both merit and financial need. Apply by March 31, 2022. Awards are announced by May 1, 2022.