Teen Courses

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Teen Courses (Ages 14-18)

The College for Creative Studies’ art and design programs motivate, stimulate and guide emerging artists and designers toward their creative futures. Courses are designed to give you the experience of a college-level classroom, challenging you to learn new skills.

Middle and high school students who want to learn art and design principles through exciting, project-based courses can explore a variety of creative disciplines, use new technologies and learn in CCS’s world-class facilities. Many students find our courses helpful in creating a high-quality portfolio of work that they can use for application to an art and design college like CCS. Whether you prefer to study during the school year or over the summer, CCS has courses that are sure to fit your needs and schedule.  We offer several workshops, short courses and credit-bearing classes in all of the College’s art and design majors.

Register for Winter Teen Courses

Computer Animation

Create your own animated cartoon! Using Wacom tablets and computers, students will learn the basic skills needed to turn drawings into living motion and produce a short animation. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

Saturday, 12:30 pm- 4 pm
January 25  – February 29, 6 sessions
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Design Your Dream Car 2D to 3D

Come explore the process of designing a car, from ideation and sketching through rendering in perspective, and learn to create an orthographic view of the design. Students will develop their ideas in a simple 3D format. Materials included.

Saturday, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
January 25 - February 29, Eight sessions
$385 plus $25 material fee
PARC, Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex

Digital Illustration

Learn how to paint digitally using a Wacom tablet and computer software. Students will learn valuable career-building computer skills as they create works of art that tell a story.

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 7 – April 18,  Six Sessions
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Drawing for a Winning Portfolio

The core of a strong art college application is a solid portfolio.  Build or enhance your portfolio based on professional critiques and targeted observational drawing assignments. You will work on personal pieces as well as draw from a live clothed model.

Saturday, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
January 25  – February 29, 6 sessions
$275 plus $25 model fee discounted
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Fundamentals of Drawing

Both beginners and experienced art students will benefit from focusing on drawing fundamentals.  This series is an excellent way to build a portfolio and prepare for college level art classes. Models will be clothed.

Observational Drawing
ADRW 070 T

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
January 25  – February 8, Three sessions

Drawing Heads & Hands
ADRW 176 T

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 22 – March 7, Three sessions
$115 plus $25 model fee

Life Drawing
ADRW 168 T

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
March 21 – April 4, Three sessions
$115 plus $25 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit

Hand Drawn Animation
WKSH 112 T

Beginning and advanced students will develop and enhance hand drawing techniques and apply their skills to create new characters frame by frame. Create a complete animated sequence with computer software.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
March 21 — May 2,
Six sessions
Ford Campus, Detroit

Intro to Maya – Game Design

Learn the basics of the software used by professional game designers.  Students will learn basic Maya skills needed to turn digital drawings into living motion in a 3D format.  Starting from scratch or picking up from an existing level, students will learn how to create and manipulate objects, design scenery, import and export assets, and script a video game storyline.

Thursday, 7 pm- 10 pm
January 30  – March 19, 8 sessions
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

ZBrush Character Design
AVIS 301 T

Learn digital sculpting and modeling in three dimensions using ZBrush. Create a simple character with this powerful tool used in the gaming industry.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
January 25 -  February 29, Six sessions
Ford Campus, Detroit

ADRW 310 T

Learn the history and purpose behind zines, and create your own small circulation of self-published zines utilizing collage, drawing writing samples and juxtaposing images with text.

Saturday, 10am-2pm
February 22  – March 14, Four sessions
Taubman Center, Detroit