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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Deadlines

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.

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.

Show Us Your Work

Review the portfolio requirements and upload eight to 12 pieces of your work to Slideroom
Note: you will be charged a $10 upload fee.





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.

Notice of Application Limit

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.


Home-schooled Students

Home-schooled students

  • 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.

International 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
TOEFL iBT 71 1035
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  if you have any questions or to request a waiver.

Transfer Students

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.

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Check out our Undergraduate Viewbook

Learn more about CCS and check out information about majors and careers. Not sure what major you are interested in? Take our “What program fits me” quiz.

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


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