Crafts hero

Welcome to the last days of crafts clichés. This isn’t about basket weaving (although we do that) or wielding a hot glue gun. Craftsmen and craftswomen create functional art that enhances the way we live and celebrates who we are.

The College for Creative Studies is one of the few colleges in the country to maintain a thriving stand-alone Crafts department, and its facilities are second to none. The department’s five specialties—Ceramics, Glass, Fiber Design, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, and Art Furniture—teach students how to create handmade objects that are both beautiful and useful, how to balance the latest and greatest technology with traditional methods, and how to use basic business skills to start successful careers.

Make it with your own two hands

When CCS Crafts students graduate, they can expect to work in industry or as entrepreneurs. Our alums are jewelry designers and blacksmiths, modelers in the auto industry and set designers in the film industry.  They work for art galleries and museums, architecture firms, and furniture manufacturers.

  • A CCS Crafts alum designed a restaurant that was named one of the ten most beautiful of 2013 by Architectural Digest.  
  • After interning for legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, another alum runs her own design firm and creates costumes for celebrated jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. 
  • A metalsmithing graduate now builds custom motorcycles. 
  • And a current student has already made her mark in textile design by becoming one of four winners of the 2014  International Student Design Contest, designext®.

What do you want to make?

Representative Career Choices

Ceramic Art
Clay Modeling
Color and Trim/Auto Industry
Costume Design
Custom Furniture Design
Fashion Accessories Design
Fiber Design
Gallery Ownership
Independent Art

Jewelry Design
Mold Making
Museum Textile Restoration
Ornamental Architecture
Set/Prop Design
Surface Design
Tile Design
Visual Merchandising

Contact Us

Crafts Department
T. 313.664.7446
F. 313.664.7688

Department Chair
Thomas Madden 
T. 313.664.7627


Crafts Department Videos

Previous Internships

AK Services
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Arden Companies
Art Farm
Baron Glassworks
City Bird
Collins and Aikman
Context Furniture

Crypton Fabrics
DVF (Diane von Furstenberg)
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Furnace Hot Glass
General Motors
Greenfield Village
Hayashi of America
Italmoda Furniture

Jean Bartlett
Lankton Metal Design
Mark A Young Jewelers
Marlaina Stone
Miriam Haskell
Mount Clemens Blown Glass
Pilchuck Glass School

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Proenza Schouler
Queso Cabeza Farm
Revolution Gallery
Stefani & Co
Walt Disney World
Wet Dog Glass

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