Teen Courses

seated girl shaping glass

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.

For ages 14 — 18, take the opportunity to work in CCS’s renowned facilities with talented faculty and explore your medium of choice in depth. You will strengthen your skills as an artist and create work that will add to your portfolio.

Something for everyone

Every class is taught by experts in their field in Detroit or at our PARC (Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex) location in Plymouth, Michigan. All sessions meet Monday — Friday, 9:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.

A student exhibition will be held every Friday from 3 — 4 p.m.

Daily Schedule Example:

8 – 9:30 a.m. Optional Morning Enrichment*
9:30 — 11:30 a.m.  Course Instruction and Art-Making
11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. or 12:15 — 1 p.m. Lunch*
1 — 4 p.m. Course Instruction and Art-Making
4 — 6 p.m. Optional Afternoon Enrichment*

Week 1: June 15-19

City Loft Design
Design an urban loft interior space, from field measurements to conceptualizing and space planning. Venture out to one of Detroit's coolest loft apartments to conduct field measurements and develop an idea board for the space, utilizing the CCS Color and Materials library. Parent/Guardian permission required for all field trips.
ADRW 120 T1
$295 plus $25 transportation fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Design Your Own Leather Handbag
Design and sew your own unlined leather or vegan handbag using popular silhouettes under the guidance of an industry professional.

AVIS 034 T1
$295 plus $75 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Digital Illustration

Using Wacom tablets and pens, paint images that tell a story. Through a series of hands-on assignments, learn to make your own brushes, layer and texture work, while improving your drawing and rendering skills. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AGRC 160 PT1
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Glassblowing

Discover the magic of glass! Students will learn to make sculptures and objects out of hot, molten glass and have the option to work with opaque and transparent colors. Wear long sleeves and bring sunglasses to the first class.

AVIS 387 T1 (ages 16+)
$295 plus $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 2: June 22-25

Automotive Design

Design your dream car under the guidance of an industry professional. Learn basic drawing and rendering techniques unique to automotive design such as perspective, proportion and accuracy of shape.

AEXP 101 PT2
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Concept Art

Create a concept for a movie, video game, or animated series and bring it to life by envisioning sets, props, characters and/or special effects. Create digital artwork that presents your ideas for a successful pitch. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AGRC 215 T2
$295
Taubman Center, Detroit


Hand-Drawn Animation

Create your own character and learn the basic skills needed to make the character come alive on screen. Students will improve their drawing skills as they create a hand-drawn sequence that tells a story using simple actions. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AGRC 124 T2
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Mural Painting and Street Art

Immerse yourself in the world of street art and mural painting. Tour some of Detroit’s best murals and public art, and learn how to plan and paint a large-scale mural including wall preparation, design enlargement, and brush paint application. Create a large-scale 30”x72” painting. Parent/Guardian permission required for all field trips.

ADRW 250 T2
$295 plus $25 transportation fee and $45 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 3: July 6-10

College Prep Drawing

Get a taste of what a college-level art class is all about. Working from still life and from live clothed models, develop a more volumetric approach to drawing from observation. This is an excellent class for students building their portfolios. No experience necessary.

ADRW 010 PT3
$295 plus $25 model fee
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Design and Make Your Own Sneakers

Up your shoe game. Design, sew and walk away wearing your own handcrafted leather sneakers. Students will learn pattern making, construction, lasting and industrial sewing. No previous experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 11 students.

AEXP 102 T3
$295 plus $75 material fee
Taubman Center, Detroit


Sound Design
Learn the basics of Adobe Pro Tools® to edit music, voice and sound effects. Analyze and critique existing soundtracks for animation and feature films and create your own sound design to an existing video clip.

AGRC 112 T3
$295 plus
$25 transportation fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


ZBrush Character Design and Modeling

Learn digital sculpting and modeling in three dimensions using ZBrush. Create a simple character with this powerful tool used in the gaming industry. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AVIS 301 T3
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 4: July 12-17

Branding and Digital Design

Explore the world of communication design and learn to use Adobe InDesign®. Develop your own brand concept, design a logo and launch your brand with stickers, graphics and more.

AGRC 230 PT4
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Graphic Novel

Develop a story and tell it through pictures and art. Learn the various elements that make up a graphic novel: framing, movement, image content, and text. Explore traditional and digital tools used to create various layouts. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AGRC 217 T4
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Stone Carving

Turn raw stone into a polished sculpture while exploring this ancient art form. Develop a concept and watch your vision take shape as you control the removal of rough stone. One block of soapstone provided. Students may wish to purchase more stone.

AVIS 149 T4
$295 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Screenprinting: T-Shirts, Posters and Fine Art

If you have ever wanted to design and print your own
T-shirts, this class is for you. Students will learn screenprinting techniques using hand-cut stencils, color mixing with textile pigments, and design exploration of motifs and pattern layouts. Enrollment limited to 14 students.

AVIS 160 T4
$295 plus $25 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 5: July 20-24

Beginning Figure Drawing

Working from a live, clothed model, explore techniques that will enable you to draw the human figure more realistically. This is an excellent class for students building their portfolios. Parent/Guardian permission required to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts.

ADRW 301 T5
$295 plus $25 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


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.

AGRC 111 PT5
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Metal Jewelry Design

Learn the craft of metalsmithing while creating wearable works of art. Learn various techniques including forming, riveting, and chain making while experimenting with patinas and finishes.

AVIS 140 T5
$295 plus $35 material fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Runway Fashion and Sewing

Design and sew a one of a kind signature piece. Learn all aspects of fashion design and construction including sketching, pattern making, fabric selection, and sewing. Students should bring their own sewing machine and have some sewing experience prior to taking this class. A list of additional materials and notions to purchase will be developed during the design stage.

AEXP 075 T5
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 6: July 27-31

Detroit Street Photography

Bring your own DSLR camera and capture images of the city’s vibrant people and places. Learn to enhance your images with Photoshop®. Students will create a small body of work that tells a story about the people and places they have seen. Parent/Guardian permission required to shoot on location in Eastern Market, River Walk, Campus Martius and Detroit’s cultural center. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AVIS 299 T6
$295 plus
$25 transportation fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Intro to Maya

Learn the basics of the state of the art 3D design software used by the video game, animation and design industry professionals. No experience necessary for this introductory course. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AGRC 226 PT6
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Portfolio Prep

Present your best portfolio for college admission. Bring your portfolio to the first day of class and receive professional guidance. Practice observational drawing skills and choose one piece to focus on throughout this class. Students will draw from a live clothed model during some of the studio sessions.

APRP 100 T6
$295 plus $15 model fee
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 7: August 2-7

Character Concept Art
Create your own cartoon characters and the world they live in. Learn to draw your characters with a variety of moods, facial expressions and dynamic gestures. Explore your character’s backstory, motivations and environment, and create 2D concept art to pitch your vision.

AGRC 125 PT7
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Week 8: August 10-14

Portfolio Prep
Present your best portfolio for college admission. Bring your portfolio to the first day of class and receive professional guidance. Practice observational drawing skills and choose one piece to focus on throughout this class. Students will draw from a live clothed model during some of the studio sessions.

APRP 100 PT8
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Computer Animation
AGRC 111 PT

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
$245
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Design Your Dream Car 2D to 3D
AEXP 112 PT

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
AGRC 160 PT

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
$265
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Drawing for a Winning Portfolio
APRP 100 PT

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
$115

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
$285
Ford Campus, Detroit


Intro to Maya – Game Design
AGRC 226 PT

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
$285
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
$245
Ford Campus, Detroit


Zine!
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
$165
Taubman Center, Detroit