Graphic Design

CCS Ranked #3 in Design by LinkedIn

We live in a highly visual culture. A designer's challenge is is to cut through the clutter and make way for fresh, innovative ideas.

Graphic design is a creative process that uses design, art and technology to communicate something meaningful.

Virtually every message you see has been influenced by a graphic designer in some way. From the typography you see on products to moving graphics on the computer screen to a brochure that can be held in your hand, graphic design is everywhere.

CCS's Graphic Design program will help strengthen your design and research skills and develop your ability to use a variety of media in creating engaging communications. The program focuses on design planning; symbol, logo and identity systems, editorial design, book design, media design, interaction design, motion graphics, package design, environmental design, advertising design and experience design.

What Sets Us Apart?

Strong Media Skills
Design is changing quickly. Combined with strong design and research skills, our students develop the ability to use a variety of media in creating engaging communications. These include:

  • Motion media
  • Title sequences for movies and television
  • Interactive media for Web and touch surfaces like smart phones and iPads
  • Interface design for devices that include phones, computers and other digital devices

Experience Design
Our program was one of the first to include courses in “experience design,” which is designing experiences using motion media, interaction design and smart devices (phones and tablets) to create messages that link together a range of experiences. Courses in experience design prepare students for a future reality, where messages move, talk and ask the user to experience a unique exchange. View our gallery for examples of “experience design.”

Leadership in Design
The curriculum prepares students to be leaders in the design profession. By working as a team, students enhance their critical thinking while developing conceptual, media and visual skills. When our students graduate they are quickly propelled into leadership roles.

Representative Career Choices

Editorial Design
Environmental Design
Information Design
Interactive Design
Package Design
Publication Design
Web Design

Graphic Design Department Videos

Previous Internships

Our students have interned at more than 100 companies and studios all over the country!

Altair Product Design
American Graphic
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Art Van Furniture
Big Communications
Brand Labs
CCS Marketing
Chrysler Financial
Chrysler HQ
Clear! Blue
Clear Magazine

Detroit Media Partnership
Driven Solutions
Entertainment Publications
EPK Design
Foote Cone & Belding
Fox 2
Green Sky Creative
Group [eX]/Buffington Associates
Henry Ford

Hour Media
Lovio George
Magnani Continuum
McConnell Creative
Mouth NY
Neal Davis Gallery
Northridge Church
One of Us Films
Orlans Associates

Progress of Design
Rockwell Group
Stardust NYC
Taoti Enterprises Inc.
Team Detroit
The Scarab Club
Trent Design
Urban Outfitters
Way Creative
Wayne State University
Zoyes Creative Group

Computer & Technology Requirements

Starting in fall 2015, students enrolling in the Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design and Graphic Design majors at the College for Creative Studies are required to purchase a personal laptop computer to complete their assigned course work and to optimize their experience in these majors.

The information below provides the hardware configuration and software requirements for incoming students who plan to purchase a laptop before arriving on campus. Students may find that additional software is recommended as they continue in their programs and should be aware of the possibility of different computer needs if they change majors.

If you have any questions about computer or software purchases, please contact either your major department directly or Laurie Evans, director of Academic Technologies at 313.664.1501 or .

When purchasing computer hardware, be sure to use the educational discount available at Apple stores or the Apple Online Educational Store and at Dell online with a letter of acceptance or school ID. For software, please visit the CCS bookstore or contact the bookstore at 313.664.5020 for the most competitive educational pricing on software bundles for your initial purchase, and for any additional software needs.

Recommended Computer Configuration for Graphic Design, Advertising Copywriting and Advertising Design

Computer Hardware Configuration:

Mac Book Pro laptop (at >Education Store)

  • 15" Retina Display

  • 2.2 GHz Quad core Intel Core i7

  • 16GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 SDRAM-2 x 4GB

  • 256 GB Flash Based Storage

  • Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter (optional)

  • Apple Care 3 year protection plan

Recommended Software for Incoming Graphic Design, Advertising Copywriting and Advertising Design

  • Please visit the CCS bookstore or contact the bookstore at 313.664.5020 for the most competitive educational pricing on software bundles.

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or Office 365 (CCS Bookstore or at

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription (CCS Bookstore or via monthly subscription at

  • Adobe: Font Folio Education Essentials 11.1 (CCS Bookstore or at is also required for All Graphic Design Students and any student enrolled in any Type 1 course (i.e. DGD 151).


    *Recommendations and prices quoted above are subject to change.

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