Submitting your application for admission is the first step to becoming part of one of the best art and design schools in the world. Our admissions team is looking forward to helping you through the process and answering any questions you might have. Let’s get started.
Prospective students must demonstrate commitment, maturity and a readiness to work and grow in an educationally creative environment.
Fall Semester Start
December 1: Early Action Deadline for Freshmen and Transfers, all majors
February 1: Priority Application Deadline for Freshmen and Transfers, all majors and final deadline for Entertainment Arts: Concept Design
After February 1: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Fall Deposit Deadline
Pay your enrollment deposit as soon as you decide to attend CCS, or by May 1.
Winter Semester Start
November 1: Completed applications due
Winter Deposit Deadline
Pay your enrollment deposit as soon as you decide to attend CCS, or by November 30.
Complete the Application
Before you can become a student at CCS, we need to know more about you. This is your first step – complete it now and then follow up with the other pieces as soon as you can.
High School or College Transcripts
We accept unofficial or official transcripts for application. Documents must include student’s first and last name, the name of the school/college.
- Email transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Request official transcripts digitally through Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.
International applicants can send official secondary transcript or the equivalent exam result via email as well.
Official GED results may be accepted in place of a high school transcript.
Check the Status of Your Application
Login to your student Portal to check the status of your application and what information still needs to be submitted. Login using the same Login ID (email) and Password you applied with.
Visual Art Portfolio
Applicants must submit a visual art portfolio. Learn more about visual portfolio requirements here.
Test Blind for Domestic Applicants
Starting with applications for semesters in 2020, CCS will not require a standardized test (ACT or SAT) score. If a Test Score is submitted it will not be used to influence admission or scholarship. While CCS is committed to admitting students who have proven potential to succeed in our programs, our historical data indicates that Test Scores do not consistently identify that potential.
Letters of Recommendation and Artists Statements are Not Required.
If an applicant for admission to the College has been admitted to the same academic level four times in the past, but has never completed attendance through the first semester Add/Drop period of any admitted Start Term, the fifth and following applications for admission will be denied.
Additional Requirements and Special Circumstances
High School Students with Dual Enrollment or College Credit
College Credit Earned in High School
Students may be awarded up to 30 credits (10 courses) through a combination of Credit by Examination (CBE) and Dual Enrollment (DE) coursework. Review College Credit Earned in High School for full information.
- Dual Enrolled Students should submit official college transcripts.
- Early College students should submit both official high school and college transcripts whenever available.
- Students who have Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits should submit exam transcripts.
- Submit Home-school transcripts including a list of courses taken, grades received or level of proficiency attained.
- A high school diploma also must be submitted (based on the student’s home state requirements). For Michigan residents, the parent providing the home-schooling will issue the diploma.
- All other admissions requirements, criteria and guidelines apply equally to home-schooled students.
English Language Test Score
International applicants must submit an English language competency score from one of the following tests:
|Test||Minimum Required Score||CCS Code|
|Duolingo English Test||90||Select College for Creative Studies|
The English language test requirement may be waived for the following applicants:
- Native English speakers
- Students educated at schools where English is the primary language of instruction
- Students who studied at a U.S. high school or college/university
Please contact your admissions counselor or International Admissions if you have any questions or to request a waiver.
Transfer Students should review the Transferring Credits to CCS page.
Veterans should complete the application process. Once admitted to CCS, our Veterans Coordinator will work with you to secure the VA benefits you are eligible for. Review the veterans admissions page.
Post-Degree, Art Education Teacher Certification Applicants
Review our Post Degree program application requirements.
The College for Creative Studies admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202