College for Creative Studies - Bachelor's Degree

The Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden was added to College for Creative Studies in the fall of 2005 to provide a gathering place for the campus community. Notable Alumin include: Joe Baratelli Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer at RPA Bryan Thompson Chief Designer and Owner at Bryan Thompson Design Automotive Designer at Nissan Motor Corporation

  • Average Tuition USD 54,100

School Description

CCS is a private college of art and design offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 13 majors and Master of Fine Arts degrees in four programs.

Bachelor Programs

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States


    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States

    Art History

    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States


    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States

    Fine Arts

    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States

    Graphic Design

    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

  • 201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States


    USD 35,700 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 71
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 5.00
  • Minimum SAT 1059


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    Established in 1906


    In 2007, Bloomberg Business Week listed College for Creative Studies among the top design schools in the world. In 2014 LinkedIn ranked CCS the #3 design school in the country based on alumni success

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          • Testimony
            1989-1993, BA

            CCS is situated in a city whose premise and promise is predicated on the concept of rebirth. Exemplified by the rebirth of ideas, forms, colors, textures on a yearly cycle- specifically in the automotive industry.My own creative redefinition occurred at CCS. The environment, faculty and energy of the place combined to inspire a large portion of what I am and how I create today.

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            1977-1981, BFA

            The surrounding area can be a really fun place to hangout. If you are into traditional school campuses, go elsewhere. But if you want the real world it's the place.

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            2011-2012, Flash Animation Instructor at College for Creative Studies

            College for Creative Studies hands down one of the best !I studied animation there and was able to launch directly into an exciting career in storyboarding as soon as I left! The teachers are brilliant, real industry professionals, laying down the groundwork for a successful future in the animation field! Up to date software and equipment really put the icing on the cake! Great place to study in the heart of Detroit, can't recommend it enough.