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Mission Statement

The College for Creative Studies nurtures the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture.  The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth.  The College fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities, and learn throughout their lives.  The College engages in community service by offering opportunities for artistic enrichment and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages.

International Role

Located in Detroit, the US’s only UNESCO City of Design, the College for Creative Studies has students, faculty, and staff from all over the world, and an extensive global network of alumni. We are a truly international community of learning.
The College has been expanding its global footprint and developing exchange programs and articulation agreements with institutions across Europe and Asia, and we are aiming to extend our reach further in the Cumulus network.

The College will be hosting the Cumulus conference in the Fall of 2022.

National Role

Founded in 1906, the College for Creative Studies has been a leading institution in art and design education with a strong reputation for student success in undergraduate and graduate programs. CCS is a member institution of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), as well as the College Art Association (CAA) and has been making contributions in sharing institutional data, participating in mobility programs, and hosting/attending conferences. Through Design Core, the College is closely involved with the Detroit Month of Design, which has both a national and global reach.

Main Focus

The College for Creative Studies is known for its exceptional links with industry and the city, providing an excellent education that prepares students for their professional growth in all degree programs – BFA, MFA, MA, and Certification (Art Education). The college prides itself on its artistic and cultural role in the city, and its contribution to design-led transformation through inclusivity and collaboration. The college values professional practice and industry engagement in all areas, and many of our faculty and staff are leaders in their field.

Faculties and Departments

Undergraduate Studies (offering BFA and Certification)

Graduate Studies (offering MFA and MA)

Bachelor Level Programs

BFA Programs:

Advertising Design
Art Education
Art Practice (Fine Arts)
Communication Design

Craft & Material Studies

  • Ceramics
  • Furniture
  • Fiber & Textiles
  • Glass
  • Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Entertainment Arts

  • Animation
  • Concept Design
  • Digital Film
  • Game Design

Fashion Design 

Interior Design
Product Design
Transportation Design
Liberal Arts

Master Level Programs

Art Education MA [Fall 2022]
Color & Materials Design MA/MFA
Design for Climate Action MA/MFA [Fall 2022]
Motion Design MA/MFA [Fall 2022]
Transportation Design MA/MFA
User Experience Design MA/MFA
Systems Design Thinking MFA


Research Activity and Main Areas

In partnership with Design Core, the College for Creative Studies is home to the Detroit City of Design Research Lab, a cohort-based learning model that brings people together to improve lives through inclusive design practices. 
The College is growing the academic research culture. Faculty members and students conduct various applied design research activities through numerous industry- and community-collaboration projects as well as institution-initiated projects.

Doctorate Level Programs

At this time, CCS does not offer doctorate degrees.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

All art and design majors.

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Fall Semester – September 7th to December 18th (in 2021-2022 academic year)

Winter Semester – January 10th to May 7th (in 2021-2022 academic year)

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)


Undergraduate Tuition

$1,539 per credit hour
$23,085 per semester (12-18 credits)
$46,170 per academic year (fall and winter)

Graduate Tuition

$1,608 per credit hour
$24,120 – per semester (12-18 credits)
$48,240 per academic year (fall and winter)


Bachelor: 1392
Master: 50

Exchange Students

Incoming: 17 ('19-20)
Outgoing: 5 ('19-20)

Teaching Staff

Professors: 54
Part-time Teachers: 245

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