Fine Arts

Learn how the (art) world really works.

Wrongly depicted as either starving or stuck in the past, today’s fine artists are bridging the gap between old and new, and their influence can be felt throughout popular culture.

CCS Fine Arts helps lead this transformation by modeling the way the art world works, where artists are no longer defined by — nor confined to — a single medium, material or way of working. Students explore a broad range of media relevant to the art world by learning traditional methods but also contemporary and experimental approaches to creative work.

The Fine Arts department encompasses a full range of artistic mediums, from stone carving, bronze casting, sculpture, book arts and letterpress to painting, drawing, printmaking, digital and time-based media, site-specific installation and video/performance art. Every course also includes theoretical discourse, so students not only focus on craftsmanship, technique and process but also research and conceptually driven work. Weekly lectures from visiting artists, curators, critics and gallerists, as well as study abroad opportunities, provide global perspectives and emphasize the program’s interdisciplinary approach.

In CCS Fine Arts, you can concentrate on a single discipline, move between them — as well as between and among other departments — or mix them together and create your own individualized artistic practice.

Painting

Sculpture

Printmaking

Installation

Time-based media

 
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 — and are also encouraged to exhibit locally and nationally and directed in preparation for graduate studies.

Resources and Materials

Students have access to some of the finest resources in the country, including a digital printing studio and a fully functioning foundry.

Opportunity

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.

Community

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 Critic
Art Handler/Installer

Artists’ Agent
Color and Materials Designer
Curator
Educator

Film Industry Fabricator
Gallery Owner or Director
Independent Artist
Medical Illustrator

Museum Preservationist
Set/Prop Designer

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
Tim van Laar