The College for Creative Studies (CCS) offers a BFA degree in the following majors: advertising design, entertainment arts (formerly animation and digital media), art education, crafts, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, product design, and transportation design.
The College's Entertainment Arts Department offers a Game Art Program where students will focus on producing the creative content and concept art for games. The courses offered will explore the latest 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, and animation techniques for games, 2D character and environment concept development, storyboarding, and collaborative game creation. In higher level game classes we make working games using current game engines in a collaborative setting that simulates a real world project. We also offer a Character Animation Program as well as a Video and Live Action Program. Classes include traditional animation, 3D animation, film and television special effects, game design, character animation and digital cinema. For more information visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu.
Alums from the College's Entertainment Arts Department have gone on to work for Pixar, Disney, Sony Pictures, Midway Games and Electronic Arts. Among the most notable students to graduate from CCS are Jay Shuster, best known for creating charcters for Cars and Wall e, Dave Hardin, character designer for Open Season, Ashley Long, storyboard artist for American Dad, Victoria Rose Zalewski, puppet fabricator for the movie Caroline, and Tim Flattery, creator of the Batmobile and Fantasticar featured in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
CCS is one of the nation’s leading arts education institutions. A private, fully accredited, four-year college located in Detroit, the College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in ten studio majors plus an Art Education program leading to State of Michigan K-12 Teaching Certification.
The College has approximately 208 faculty members with 150 in studio areas. All members of the studio art faculty are professionals in their individual fields who bring diverse backgrounds and experience to the classroom.
CCS is located in Detroit’s Cultural Center and that means there is plenty in the area right around campus to both enrich studies and offer entertainment. Across the street you’ll find the Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country (CCS students get in free). The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, right next to campus, is the largest in the country and shows as much art as history. Close by are university and public libraries, galleries, great restaurants and live music venues, showcasing jazz, blues, hip hop, folk, indie rock, techno music, symphonies and more.
While Detroit offers all the advantages you would expect from any big city, it’s also unique in many ways. The city is one of the largest markets in the country for advertising, animation, interactive designer, industrial design and publishing – for our students this means internships, jobs and faculty mentors who are active in their fields. And ultimately, Detroit has always been known for making things – combining craftsmanship with technology in a way that makes it a perfect place for an art school.
The College for Creative Studies educates visual artists and designers who understand the social, cultural and international dimensions of the arts, recognize their responsibilities as citizens in a democratic society and lead constructive change in their chosen fields. Through community service, the College promotes appreciation of and participation in the visual arts and opens pathways of career opportunity to talented youth.