College for Creative Studies

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The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a privately owned and operated art school located in Detroit Michigan, U.S.A. CCS was founded in 1906 as the Society of Arts and Crafts and in 1926 began offering educational programs to the public. It was the first arts orgination in the United States to offers training in the arts. The school officially became a college in 1962 and was authorized by the Michigan Department of Education to award Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Industrial Design. In 1975, the school’s name was changed to the Center for Creative Studies and in 2001 it assumed the name it carries today, College for Creative Studies.

In 2006, Josephine Ford, the only granddaughter of Henry Ford the founder of Ford Motor Company, bequeathed $50 million to the College for Creative Studies–the largest single sum every donated to a private arts education institution in the United States, and the largest donation every made to any of Michigan’s private colleges.

CCS currently offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees in 11 fields of study, which include, Crafts, Advertising Design, Fine Arts, Entertainment Arts (Experimental and Character Animation, Game Art and Video and Live Action), Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Interior Design, Product Design, Transportation Design and Art Education.

Through its Continuing Education Center, CCS offers noncredit classes and courses in the visual arts to adults within the community. Through Community Arts Partnerships CCS offers additional education programs and opportunities for youth.

General Information

Admission Office

201 East Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202-4034

(313) 664-7425

(800) 952-2787

Fax: (313) 872-2739

Contact: Lori Watson

Director of Admissions
Main Address

201 East Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 664-7400

Total undergrads: 1,365

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 241

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,354

Graduate enrollment: 4


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 37%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Ceramics B
Commercial Photography B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Multimedia B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Transportation/Transportation Management B

Communications & Journalism

Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B

Precision Production Trades

Furniture DesignManufacturing B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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