Undergraduate Admissions

Dual Enrollment Courses

Foundation Drawing 1

This course is the first course at the undergraduate level and does not assume that the student has any strongly developed drawing skills. It is further assumed that the experienced student profits by exposure to a systematic exploration of drawing methods. Its primary purpose is to introduce the student to basic concepts in drawing and then, begin to develop more creative and expressive responses. Drawing I moves the student into a more volumetric understanding of drawing as well as considerable emphasis on observational, formal composition and design.


Foundation Drawing 2

This course follows Drawing I as an observational and volumetric approach to drawing. It is assumed that the student has at least a fundamental understanding and the physical skills appropriate to further exploration at this level. This course expands on those skills and concepts and concentrates on developing more creative and expressive experiences in making art. In it, students explore more advanced problems in drawing with an emphasis on the figure, drawings as a finished work, as well as creative interpretations of assignments.

Prerequisites: Foundation Drawing 1


Elements of Drawing

This course is suggested for Photography, Communication Design, Interior Design, and Advertising majors in lieu of Foundation Drawing I. This course is the first course at the undergraduate level and does not assume that the student has any strongly developed drawing skills. It is further assumed that the experienced student profits by exposure to a systematic exploration of drawing methods. Its primary purpose is to introduce the student to basic concepts in drawing, and then begin to develop more creative and expressive responses. Elements of Drawing moves the student into a more volumetric understanding of drawing as well as considerable emphasis on observational, formal composition and design.


Digital Fundamentals

This introductory course in computer skills is a requirement to complete the Foundation curriculum. Students will explore the computer as a tool in support of artist/designer's practice, including software required for the college information system, word processing and creative digital imagery in both pixel and vector based software. Students work with popular software packages, appropriate for design, to gain an understanding of the tools used to create and manipulate digital imagery and to develop a broad understanding of how and why the computer is so prominent in image making today.


2D Design

This course is an introduction to the principles, vocabulary and mechanics of two dimensional design, including the exploration and application of color theory. Students will explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques. This is the first course in a two-part design sequence, required to complete the Foundation design curriculum.


3D Concepts

This course is an introduction to the principles, vocabulary and mechanics of three dimensional design, including the exploration and application of color theory. Students explore design concepts through lectures, readings, discussions, hands-on studio assignments and critiques. This is the second in a two-part design sequence, required to complete the Foundation design curriculum.


3D Techniques

This course will familiarize the student with basic construction and fabrication techniques of the wood and metal shops at CCS. Through the completion of a series of small projects, students will be introduced to the majority of tools and machines within the shops. Students will also learn a wide variety of methods and techniques needed to safely complete future projects. Safety is the MOST essential function of this course. Students will earn the certification required for continued shop access by receiving at minimum a grade of 2.0 / C in this class.


Additional Course Options

If there is a course you are very eager to take that is not listed here, please inquire with us directly. High school students with junior or senior ranking can request permission from a department chair to enroll and attend a course. Let us guide you through the process. Please see the "Dual Enrollment Application Materials" to find out more.

Application & Registration Information

Option 1

Work with your high school counselor to see if you are eligible for Dual Enrollment through your school district. If so, you must submit the following items:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment application form and checklist (see “Application Materials” tab)
  • Five to eight digital images of your artwork
  • Letter/documentation from your high school counselor confirming your eligibility
  • Promise to Pay letter from your school district
  • Payment of your tuition balance at the time of registration (once student has been granted permission by the department to enroll)

Option 2

If you are not eligible for Dual Enrollment through your high school, but are still interested in taking a college-level course at CCS, you must submit the following items:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment application form and checklist (see “Application Materials” tab)
  • Five to eight digital images of your artwork
  • Full payment at the time of registration (once student has been granted permission by the department to enroll)

Dual Enrollment applications are handled by CCS’s Office of Precollege and Continuing Studies. For more information on Dual Enrollment, please contact us at 313.664.7456 or at .

Download the Dual Enrollment Packet

Application Due Dates*

November 15 for Winter Semester (classes meet January – May)

May 15 for Fall Semester (classes meet September – December)

*Summer semester courses are not eligible for Dual Enrollment tuition assistance, but are available at the CCS Summer tuition rate.