Precision, timing, perspective. Whether you’re covering a fast-paced sports event or shooting a portrait in a commercial studio, these three elements impact the quality of your photography.
Sure, anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can be a photographer. To become a photographer, you need to understand the scientific and technical aspects involved in photography while embracing it as an expressive medium and having aesthetic judgment.
Our program will help you master evolving technology in the field and enhance your creativity so that you are ready for whatever lies on the other side of your lens.
What Sets Us Apart?
Balance of Fine Art and Commercial Studio Instruction
Students develop a unique photographic style through a combination of refined fine art skills and applied commercial studio training. This approach provides flexibility in the thought process and helps prepare students to deal with the constantly changing photographic field.
Equipment and Space
Studios, darkrooms, lighting equipment, cameras, digital labs and printers – we have it all. CCS is unique in the amount of studio space that we provide photography students. From a small table top to a large set with multiple fashion models and stylists, we have the facilities and equipment to help capture any type of image.
Traditional + Digital
A blend of traditional techniques and digital training gives students a balanced approach and perspective.
Representative Career Choices
Fine Art Photography
Gallery of Student Work
News & Events
CCS makes "Top 10 Schools for Visual Arts" list by College Magazine ...
CCS Photography Department to host “Photography for Social Change” ...
"Up There, Down Here" opens Friday, Febraury 10 in CCS's Valade Family Gallery ...
CCS Photography alumna documents President Barack Obama's farewell speech ...
CCS Photography students work showcased on Curbed Detroit ...
Our students have interned at more than 50 companies and studios all over the country.
Black White & Color
Group [eX]/Buffington Associates
HOUR Detroit Magazine
Kresge Arts Office/CCS
Kresge Eye Institute
Luxe Clothing Store
Mary Ellen Mark Studios
Model D / Marvin Shaouni
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
NY Studio Program/Polaroid
On Wheels Inc.
On Wheels Magazine
Palace of Auburn Hills
Paul Mobley Studio
Point Seven Studios
Six Degrees Magazine
Skyline Diamond Setters
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Visual Sports Network
Wayne County Medical Examiner