College for Creative Studies

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, MI, USA

For more than a century, the College for Creative Studies has distinguished itself as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Innovation District, CCS veritable force of talent and resources is unrivaled. Our internationally acclaimed faculty and state-of-the-art facilities provide students with the knowledge, skills, technology and hands-on experience they need to explore, make, grow and succeed in art and design. CCS offers Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees across various creative industries that feature a combination of classroom and studio work.  Learn more about CCS and check out information about majors and careers. Not sure what major you are interested in? Take our “What program fits me” quiz, ( "Check out our Undergraduate Viewbook").


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Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier.December 1
Fall Regular DecisionAugust 1
OtherFebruary 1

Admitted Student Stats

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See your fit
Classroom Sizes

Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Aid & Grants

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Student Loans

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Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

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Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman


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Campus Safety

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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Los Angeles
New York
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Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

CCS is a challenging, fun, and rewarding school to attend. It demands a lot of hard work and effort due to the rigorous curriculum and high expectations. However, it is one of the best schools in the United States for the visual arts and hard work really pays off in the long and short term.
A beautiful college that creates a welcoming atmosphere for students and faculty to learn the stunning and vivid qualities it takes to make fine art, animation, fashion, products, transportation and videogames for the community and world around to enjoy and appreciate. The instructors treat thier students if they were thier family leading them down the path of success each moment of the day. The students are all warm and inviting as a family as well; any child and adult looking for a college or home for thier art educational needs to suceed and move into a career College for Creative Studies arms are open!
Ashley from Ottawa, IL
It has a dedicated faculty and many opportunities for individuals interested in art.
CCS student
It is super hard. But, it is also super fun. Expect to work hard!
Rachel from Troy, MI
College for Creative Studies is the best thing that has happened to me. The teachers and students there are so passionate about their work. It is one of the top schools in the country for a reason.
Nathaniel from Troy, MI
Though this school is in the middle of Detroit, it is well secured using I.D. cards for almost everything, including the elevators. The schoolwork and competitiveness is intense and if you're not serious here, you might fall behind. Many sleepless night will be had but this school will prepare you and make you the best you can be.
O'Shea from Southfield, MI
Ccs is a very challenging school and you get a bang for your buck. The teachers are very passionate and so are the students. This school is really pricy though so make sure this is what you really want to do.
Joshua from Novi, MI
College for Creative Studies is a school where everyone can learn to have fun but also learn the basics and advanced levels of art. Students and professors at CCS are passionate about all types of art and are willing to expand their talent and knowledge for there future careers.
I've learned so much just in my first semester! Faculty and staff are wonderful and helpful as well and great teachers. Be prepared to work incredibly hard because yo can't slack off here, and the only thing that would make it better was if it wasn't so expensive!
Hannah from Dearborn Heights, MI