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
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
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
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.
Game Art and 3D Character Modeling
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
Instructors: PENSOLE instructors: TBD; Steve Schock, CCS Professor Product Design
Street Photography and Digital Film
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
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
Precollege Summer Experience Details
Tuition & Fees
Includes room and board, most required art materials, full meal plan, onsite and offsite activities, college credit and
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.
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.
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.
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.