Storytelling from the inside out.

Illustrators occupy a unique space in visual culture. Not quite artists and not quite designers, they are both, and their work — from brand imaging, advertising, and graphic storytelling to publishing, journalism, comic books and gaming — moves and influences audiences like nothing else.

CCS's Illustration program helps you realize this dynamic medium’s possibilities to convey ideas, solve problems, tell stories and express points of view.

The best illustrators are well rounded, active participants in the larger world. No other program offers the chance CCS does to get out and get engaged because no other program takes place in Detroit: a creative hotbed of entrepreneurial opportunity and community activity.

What Sets Us Apart?

Traditional, Digital and “Tradigital” Curriculum
Illustration students graduate with a solid knowledge of the traditional methods of illustration, the newer digital trends and also the understanding of how traditional media translates into the digital illustration workflow process – “tradigital”.

Students have access to a vast network of key industry players via alumni, sponsored projects and a stellar faculty of freelance illustrators, creative directors, art directors and concept and storyboard artists.

Fundamentals are Key
Curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals of image making, visual language and visual storytelling and teaches how to translate various traditional media into digital illustration


Career Choices

Advertising Illustrator
Art Educator
Character Artist
Children’s Book Illustrator
Comic Book Artist
Conceptual Illustrator for Video Games 
/ Film
Concept Artist
Creative Director
Digital Painter

Digital Illustrator
Digital Matte Illustrator
Digital Photo Illustrator
Digital Compositor
Editorial Illustrator
Environment Artist
Fashion Illustrator
Freelance Illustrator
Gallery Artist
Graphic Novel Illustrator

Lighting Designer
Merchandising Illustrator
Motion Illustrator / Designer
Multimedia Designer
Storyboard Artist
Textile Pattern Illustrator
Visual Artist
Visual Development Illustrator
Web Designer

Previous Internships

Fields that value clear communication need illustrators.

Ann Arbor Art Association
Armstrong White
Avanti Press
Ball Aerospace
Butler, Shine, Stern & Patners
Campbell Ewald
Cartoon Network
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Mercantile Co
Diane von Furstenberg
Dianne O
Disney Consumer Products

Doner Advertising
Esperanza Spaulding
Fisher Price
Gemela Design LLC
Grand Rapids Symphony
Group eX
Hour Media
Insomniac Games
Jean Bartlett (ARTIST)
Kitchen Direct
Maxsar Digital Studios
MetroParent Publishing
Midway Amusement Games LLC
Mister Wonderful

Murals n More
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Fine Art
Mattel Inc.
Patricia Field
Ray Villafane
Reader's Digest
Root Learning
Skidmore Studios
Spark Communications
Team Detroit
Terrance Sullivan
The Rockhouse
WJBK Fox 2 News

Contact Us

Illustration Department
T. 313.664.7602
F. 313.664.7988

Department Chair
Don Kilpatrick