College for Creative Studies
offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 11 majors
and Master of Fine Arts degrees
in two majors.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees
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 development and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages.
The B.F.A. degree requires completion of 126 credit hours: 84 in studio areas and 42 in general studies courses. In addition to coursework in their chosen major, first-year students will take courses in the Foundation Department, where they will study drawing, color theory, and basic design. Students in all majors will also take courses in the Liberal Arts Department, designed to provide them with an understanding of the larger social and cultural context in which they live. Typical weekly schedules for full-time students comprise 24 studio hours and six academic hours.
Master of Fine Arts
2009 is the inaugural year for CCS graduate programs. The two year MFA degrees in design and transportation design are terminal degrees that prepare students for leadership in the design industries. The MFA degree programs share core curricula, with variations in technology components, and the focus and content of industry sponsored projects.
The College has approximately 246 faculty members who are professionals in their individual fields and bring diverse backgrounds and experience to the classroom.
CCS is located in Detroit's Cultural and New Center areas
, where students will find a variety of activities near campus to enrich their studies and provide entertainment. The Detroit Film Theatre
and the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the largest art museums in the country, are both located next to Walter and Josephine Ford campus. Admission to the DIA is free for CCS students. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest of its kind in the country, is also located next to campus. University and public libraries, galleries, great restaurants, and live music venues showcasing indie rock, hip hop, techno, folk, jazz and blues can be found close by.
The CCS Campus
The CCS campus is made up of two sites, the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, located in Detroit's Cultural Center and New Center areas, respectively. The Taubman Center houses the Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Design undergraduate departments as well as the Graduate programs in Design and Transportation Design. The building also houses the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies and the College’s Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Education programs. The Ford Campus houses the Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Foundation, Liberal Arts and Illustration undergraduate departments as well as many student services.