College for Creative Studies

College for Creative Studies offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 12 majors and Master of Fine Arts degrees in two areas.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is one of the nation's leading art education institutions, providing a dynamic learning environment where students explore issues of art and design, while preparing for careers in the professional world. The College enrolls nearly 1,400 students seeking Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 12 majors and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design and Transportation Design. CCS also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and annually provides more than 4,000 Detroit youth with art and design education through Community Arts Partnerships programs.  The College has approximately 250 faculty members who are professionals in their individual fields and bring diverse backgrounds and experience to the classroom.

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. 

The school can trace its beginnings back to 1906 when a group of local civic leaders founded the Society of Arts and Crafts.  In 1926, the Society became one of the first Arts and Crafts organizations in America to offer an educational program in the arts.  The Society moved to its current location in Detroit’s Cultural Center in 1958.  Four years later, the Michigan Department of Education authorized the granting of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design and the school officially became a college. The Society changed its name to the Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design in 1975. In 2001, CCS changed its name to the College for Creative Studies to better reflect what the College does – educate talented students to become artists, designers and leaders in their fields.

Today, CCS is recognized as a world leader in art and design education, preparing students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies.