Fine Arts

What does it mean to be an artist today? How do artists function as cultural producers, arts advocates and laborers within our creative economy ? What are the conditions that shape artistic work and expression today ? How do you create and sustain an active career as an artist?

CCS Fine Art students dig deeply into these questions and more while shaping a professional practice and preparing to pursue a career in a wide variety of creative fields. Thriving within a dynamic studio and seminar environment, Fine Art students work from a platform based in the the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, print media, video/digital media, installation, and performance. Special topics courses enrich the program and electives can be customized to represent a broad range of courses from across programs and disciplines.

Some students choose to focus deeply in an area of study while others choose a hybrid course of study that combine a diverse range of media and processes. Either way, the result is a highly individualized artistic practice that is supported by professional practice courses relating to the contemporary business of art. Whether using traditional methods to express new ideas, or engaging an interdisciplinary studio practice, students shape a path of study while establishing a rigorous commitment to the pursuit of a meaningful and successful career as a professional artist.

Courses are infused with contemporary issues affecting artists today. Real world exposure to artists working across a spectrum of fields from museums, galleries, community organizations and entrepreneurial contexts, guide students understanding of how artists craft a life in and through the arts. The Fine Arts program is a community of artists that make, think and critique in order to be productive members in the global network of studio artists, post-studio artists, creative entrepreneurs, and educators.





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What Sets Us Apart?

Intensive Junior and Senior Studio Experience

Seniors and juniors have semi-private studios with 24-hour access — which allows for the self-directed development of a signature body of work as professional artists — they begin to exhibit their work locally in the vibrant art scene in Detroit – and are exposed to a global network of artists.

Resources and Materials

Students have access to some of the finest resources in the country, including the latest technologies in 3- D modeling and printing, an expansive printmaking area, state of the art wood and metal shops, a digital printing studio and a fully functioning foundry. FA students also take courses using glass, textile and ceramics facilities.


CCS Fine Arts faculty are professional, practicing artists who mentor students beyond the classroom on how to network, set a career path, financially sustain an art practice and how and where to exhibit their work. Our alumni not only exhibit in the most prestigious museums and exhibitions in the country, including the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Guggenheim Museum, but create vital art spaces in Detroit, such as C.A.V.E. Gallery, Popps Packing, Fortress Studios, and more.


The only city in the United States to be designated a UNESCO City of Design, Detroit is a hotbed of creative and entrepreneurial activity, and CCS is at the center of it all. Located steps away from world-class fine art museums and leading-edge galleries, art spaces and studios, CCS plays an important role in the city’s cultural life and revitalization, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in this active arts community.


Career Choices

Art Administrator
Art Appraiser
Art Buyer
Art Critic
Art Conservationist
Art Consultant
Art Educator
Art Fabricator
Art Handler/Installer
Artist in Residence
Art Therapist

Color and Materials Designer
Community Artist
Exhibition Designer
Exhibit Manager
Freelance Entrepreneur
Film Industry Fabricator
Gallery Owner or Director
Independent Artist
Independent Business Entrepreneur
Model Designer/Maker

Museum Educator
Performance Artist
Prop Designer
Public Artist
Set Designer
Sound Artist
Studio Artist

Previous Internships

555 Gallery
Above the Title Entertainment
Building Arts & Conservation
Coughlin Jewelers
Debra Hampton/Artist

Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Kresge Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Neal Davis Gallery

Ox-Bow Residency, Tularosa, New Mexico
Single Spark Pictures
Tangent Gallery
TRA Art Group

Contact Us

Fine Arts Department
T. 313.664.7655
F. 313.664.7685

Department Chair
Valerie Jenkins