General Information

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives.With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

The BFA 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 take courses in the Foundation Department, where they study drawing, color theory and basic design. Students in all majors 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

The College’s MFA degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design are terminal degrees that prepare students for leadership in industries that rely on design. The MFA degree programs share core curricula, with variations in technology components, and the focus and content of industry sponsored projects.

The MFA degree requires completion of 60 credit hours. Distinctive among MFA programs in the United States, CCS’s graduate programs are grounded in the conviction that the most effective designers are those who have a firm grasp of the business world.

Undergraduate Fast Facts

Fall 2015
Undergraduate Enrollment – 1402

49% male
51% female
80% full-time
20% part-time
39% reside in campus housing
61% reside off campus
80% from Michigan
20% from 35 states and 24 countries

Enrollment by Department
Advertising: Copywriting – 12
Advertising: Design – 92
Art Education (post degree only) – 8
Crafts – 81
Entertainment Arts – 285
Fashion Accessories Design – 9
Fine Arts – 65
Graphic Design – 127
Illustration – 222
Interior Design – 32
Photography – 94
Product Design – 154
Transportation Design – 221

Ethnic Background
 7% International
 10% Black or African American
 4% Hispanic
 >1% American Indian or Alaska Native
58% White (Non-Hispanic)
 4% Asian
4% Two or more races
12% Race/ethnicity unknown
 >1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

2015-2016 Tuition & FeesTuition – $37,560
Required fees – $1,390
Housing – $5,020 – $5,550
Meal plans – $1,450 – $2,900

First to Second Year
Retention – 69%

National Average/All Private = 69.9%
All Colleges = 67.6%

Graduation Rate (per 2015/16 IPEDS) – 62%
National Average/All Private = 50.6%
All Colleges = 45.5%

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen – 3.33

Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen – 23.1
National Average – 21.0

Average SAT of Incoming Freshmen – 1107
National Average – 1006 math and reading

Average Age – 22
Student-to-Faculty Ratio – 9:1

Financial Aid
98% of CCS students receive some form of institutional, State or Federal financial assistance.

Graduate Fast Facts

Fall 2015
Graduate Enrollment – 59
68% male
32% female
98% full-time
 2% part-time
8% reside in campus housing
92% reside off campus
 19% from Michigan
81% from 4 states and 8 countries

Enrollment by Department
Color and Materials Design – 14
Integrated Design – 14
Interaction Design – 4
Transportation Design – 27

Ethnic Background81% International
 2% Hispanic/Latino
 0% Black or African American
 12% White
 0% American Indian or Alaska Native
 2% Two or more races
 0% Asian
 3% Race/ethnicity unknown
 0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander


CCS is located in Detroit’s Midtown, 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 CCS’s 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 also can be found close by.

While Detroit offers all the advantages you would expect from a big city, it is unique in many ways. For one, it‘s affordable. The city is also one of the largest markets in the country for advertising, industrial design and publishing – which means students have access to internships, jobs, and faculty mentors who are active in their fields. Ultimately, Detroit has been known for making things – this combination of craftsmanship and technology makes it a perfect place for an art and design school.

Detroit is just starting its next story.
Become a part of it.

Artists and designers, young professionals and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds are creating the next Detroit. Affordable access to living and working spaces, a vibrant and socially minded culture, the lure of new adventure, the opportunity to collaborate with an international community of creatives and the ease of becoming an entrepreneur – are just some of the characteristics that are aiding the resurgence of our multifaceted city.

The College for Creative Studies lives inside Detroit’s Midtown area. You’ll find yourself just steps away from iconic places like the Motown Museum, the Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts – one of the country’s largest museums. We’re surrounded by artisanal coffee shops, design boutiques, art galleries, live music venues that belt out indie, garage, EDM, hip-hop, folk, jazz, blues and so much more.

“Detroit is a giant candy store for young college graduates wanting to be their own bosses.”

– The New York Times

Nondiscrimination Policy

The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an educational environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Discrimination, including harassment, because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law is strictly prohibited.


 Detroit is building its reputation as a global center for innovation, and CCS is right in the middle of it. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Innovation District, CCS students have the ability to engage in the creative community that encompasses campus. It seems that every day CCS learns about our alumni involved in starting new galleries, art programs, collectives, businesses and initiatives.

Detroit entrepreneurs: Brian Newman, Artist and clothing designer, CCS Fine Arts ’13; Elysia Vandenbussche, Owner, Local Portion, CCS Crafts ’11; and Dan Armand, Partner and Creative Director, Inner State Gallery, CCS Illustration ’05.

Detroit is a city that inspires its inhabitants and allows them to make change

Creative entrepreneurship is not only welcomed in Detroit, it’s fostered. There are more than 50 programs within our city that were developed to nurture startups. These programs offer assistance to new business owners as they navigate the sometimes intimidating world of business ownership. Some of these programs include:

  • DC3 (Detroit Creative Corridor Center) – operated by and housed at CCS
  • Hatch Detroit
  • D:hive
  • Invest Detroit
  • Detroit Soup
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Artifact Maker Society

“There is a buzz here that is real, and the kids drip with talent and commitment…”

Working in art and design

  1. Advertising: Copywriting
  2. Advertising: Design
  3. Art Education
  4. Crafts
  5. Entertainment Arts
  6. Fine Arts
  7. MFA Integrated Design
  1. Graphic Design
  2. Illustration
  3. Interior Design
  4. Photography
  5. Product Design
  6. Transportation Design
  7. MFA Transportation Design

The New York Times

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 development and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages.

Walter & Josephine Ford Campus

Ford Campus
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202

The Ford Campus houses the Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Foundation, Liberal Arts and Illustration undergraduate departments.

A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

Taubman Center
460 West Baltimore
Detroit, MI 48202

The Taubman Center houses the Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Design undergraduate departments as well as the Graduate programs in Design and Transportation Design.


Whether it’s music, art, food or biking, Detroit has it down. CCS is in the heart of mid-town and living here puts you at the heart of creativity. Become a part of it. Artists and designers, young professionals, local community organizers and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds are creating the next Detroit. Live in the heart of a vibrant and socially minded culture where the opportunity to collaborate with an international community is helping the resurgence of our multifaceted city.


A. Alfred Taubman Center
for Design Education

The Taubman Center offers high ceiling, loft-style furnished rooms with one private bath. Each room is approximately 500 square feet and accommodate three to four people.

The Taubman Center is built on the philosophy of community, so just outside the student’s living quarters are work spaces, fitness rooms and lounge areas for students to interact. Each floor also houses a laundry room. Continuing with the theme of community, a full-service dining area is just a few floors below. Students living in the Taubman Center are required to have a meal plan.

In each suite:

» bed and large clothing storage (wardrobe or dresser) per person
» large closet
» upper storage area
» two under bed storage units
» couch and coffee table
» elevated storage area
» basic cable provided with upgraded cable available
» ethernet and wireless internet in the room

In the building:

» spray/work spaces
» lounge areas
» fitness center
» game room and meeting spaces
» multi-purpose
» coin-operated laundry room
» recycling center


Taubman Center three students per unit – $2,775 per semester*
Taubman Center four students per unit – $2,510 per semester*

Walter & Josephine
Ford Campus

Located on the Walter and Josephine Ford campus. These are suite-style accommodations for four- to six people or three people and include a living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Four- to six-person suite:

» two or three bedrooms
» two bathrooms

Three person suite:

» one bedroom
» one bathroom

In each suite:

» bed, dresser, bedside table per student
» two couches
» two end tables
» coffee table
» kitchen with refrigerator and stove
» dining room table and dining chair (one per student)
» ethernet cable connections
» cable television service available, but not provided

In the building:

» coin-operated laundry
» spray/work room
» fitness room
» U245 student art gallery


Art Centre Building two-to-three students per unit – $2,775 per semester*
Art Centre Building four-to-six students per unit – $2,510 per semester*

Dining and Meal Plans
There are four different dining facilities for our students to enjoy. The Ford Campus is home to the Arts & Crafts Café which features a coffee bar, grab and go items and a grill. The Argonaut Grill, Tim Horton’s, and a full service dining facility are located at the Taubman Center.

Meal plan options for 2015 — 2016:
» 785 dining dollars each semester — $725 per semester
» 1570 dining dollars each semester — $1,450 per semester

The 1570 dining dollar plan is approximately 14 meals a week, and the 785 dining dollar plan is approximately 7 meals per week. Please keep in mind that this is an approximation and depends on how much the student actually eats.

If you were to run out of dining dollars, you may also put money on your CCS SmART card. Money added outside of the meal plan is refunded at the end of the year.

All students are locked into a meal plan for the academic year starting on move-in day. After move-in day, the size of the meal plan can be switched until September 10 in the fall semester and January 21 in the winter semester.

Housing Staff
We have a dedicated and energetic staff ready to assist you during your stay in CCS student housing. The staff consists of 10 resident assistants in the Art Centre Building and eight resident assistants in the Taubman Center. The resident assistants are upper-class students who assist residents and plan programs and activities. In addition to the resident assistants, there are professional staff members who live in our campus housing.

Security in Housing
The security of the residents is of utmost concern. Both the Art Centre Building and the Taubman Center have a 24-hour front desk staffed by security personnel to assist students. The building is locked from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day. Residents use their student ID to get into the building and to access the elevator or stairwell. Shuttle service is also provided between the Cultural and New Center locations.

Students with Disabilities
All efforts are made to assist CCS students with disabilities. Assistance in educational matters is provided through the Student Success Center. Other types of assistance for students with physical disabilities are provided through the Office of Student Affairs. Students with a physical and/or learning disability must provide the College with documentation of their disability before any assistance can be provided.

On-Campus Housing

Preparing for the Application

Learn about Applying for Housing

Incoming freshman students will receive their CCS login ID and password within 36 hours of paying their $100 commitment fee. Current students will simply login to the housing application using their current CCS login ID and password.

For more information about applying for housing, please see the housing application guidelines.

Applying for Campus Housing

Applying for Campus Housing is the first step to securing a living space at CCS. Be sure to follow all the steps, including Step 3: Make Payment. Applications submitted without the required payments will not be placed in housing. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Housing Application is Open January 1  – June 30*

The new online CCS Housing Application requires that you log in with your CCS Username and Password.

            Incoming Students:
            Incoming students will receive their CCS Username and Password after they pay their $100
            Commitment Fee. This is the first step to applying for CCS Housing. See instructions on the right.

            Current Students:
            Simply click on the Apply link to the right, login and complete the form. You can also find this
            application through Blackboard.

How to Apply

Log in to the CCS Housing Application via the link on this page

Log-in Now

Be sure to hit SUBMIT when you are done.
If you choose “Save As Draft” it won’t submit the form.
You can come back any time before July 1 to make updates, changes or corrections.

A total of $550 must be paid before you will be placed in housing.

            This payment covers:
                        – First Housing Payment of $350
                        – Housing Deposit of $200

By Credit Card:
Call the CCS Business Office/Cashier 313-664-7435
CCS accepts all major credit cards


By Check:
Mail or Deliver in Person to-

Student Affairs/Housing
201 E. Kirby St.
Detroit, MI 48202

*If you are applying after July 1, we highly encourage you to make payment by credit card.

CCS can not guarantee housing for all applicants. If CCS is unable to assign you housing, your Housing Payment and Deposit will be refunded.

Complete Housing Policy Details can be obtained from the Student Affairs Office, and will be provided to you at the time you are asked to sign a Housing Contract. Questions should be directed to Ryan Harrison in the Office of Student Affairs 313-664-7678 or ude.seidutsevitaercrofegelloc@gnisuoh.

Housing Costs:
Taubman Center three students per unit – $2,775 per semester*
Taubman Center four students per unit – $2,510 per semester*
Art Centre Building two-to-three students per unit – $2,775 per
Art Centre Building four-to-six students per unit – $2,510 per

Dining and Meal Plan Costs:
785 dining dollars each semester — $725 per semester
1570 dining dollars each semester — $1,450 per semester

After Completing your application

To finish the application process, please submit payment to CCS. Until we receive payment, your application will not be considered for housing.

$350 first payment (required of all students seeking housing)
$200 housing deposit (required of students who did not live in housing previous semester. Returning students need to make sure their balance is up to $200).

Payment Options

  • Phone – 313.664.7435
  • In person
  • Mail – Housing, 201 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202

CCS accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express
Please include your Student ID Number on payment

Once we receive your payment you will get a confirmation email to the address you provided in the application.

Familiarize yourself with housing policies and protocols


For more than a century, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) has distinguished itself as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. The current College traces its heritage back to 1906 when a group of local civic leaders, inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, formed the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. The Society’s mission was to keep the ideals of beauty and craftsmanship alive in what was rapidly becoming an industrialized world. At their original location on Farmer Street, Society members began teaching informal classes in basic design, drawing and woodcarving. In 1911, they opened a gallery where students as well as prominent modern artists displayed and sold their work.

As Detroit’s creative community continued to take root, the Society recognized the need to expand. They moved to a larger location on Watson Street (1916), and 10 years later became one of the first arts and crafts organizations to offer a formal, four-year program in art (1926). Within a year, the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts grew to an enrollment of 280 students.

Much of the school’s success was attributed to its close integration of rigorous courses with progression of the art and design movements and world-class, contemporary exhibitions—a tradition that continues to prevail. In addition to hiring talented, local artists and designers, the school sought renowned painters, sculptors and craftspeople from around the world to teach courses. In 1933, the Society’s gallery garnered national media attention as one of the first art institutions to recognize the automobile as an art form. This was around the same time that programs in industrial design and commercial art were introduced to the school’s curriculum.

The school relocated for a third time in 1958 to its current location near the city’s cultural center. The move provided students with more convenient access to the Detroit Institute of Arts’ impressive collection. All classes and offices were initially housed in the Arts & Crafts building designed by Minoru Yamasaki.

In 1962, the school officially became a college when the Michigan Department of Education authorized the institution to offer of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design. Eight years later, the College was awarded the right to provide degrees in all of their major programs. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) granted original accreditation in 1972, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) granted regional accreditation in 1977.

The next four decades brought about several improvements and significant changes to the campus. In 1975, construction of the architectural award-winning Kresge-Ford Building was completed, and the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts changed its name to the Center for Creative Studies—College of Art and Design. The school acquired an apartment building adjacent to campus (the Art Centre building) in 1988 that serves as the main dormitory on campus and the building that formerly housed Detroit’s African American Museum of History in 1997 that was later transformed into the Academic Resource Center (now the Manoogian Visual Resource Center), which contains the Center Galleries and library. A parking structure was added to the campus in 1999, and in the fall of 2001, the college inaugurated the Walter B. Ford II building for design and technology-driven disciplines. The donation to fund this project was the largest ever given to an art college at the time. That year, two historic homes on the northern side of campus were also renovated to accommodate administration and admissions offices.

The year 2001 brought about a milestone critical to the future of the school. Results of a research study led to the Board of Trustees’ decision to change the school’s name to the College for Creative Studies (CCS) to more clearly communicate its identity as an accredited, degree-granting “college.”

The Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden was added in the fall of 2005 to provide a gathering place for the campus community, and in 2007, the College renovated another home on historic Ferry Street to house the Institutional Advancement and Human Resources offices.

In 2008, CCS embarked on its most significant project to date—a $145 million redevelopment of the 760,000 sq. ft. historic Argonaut Building (formerly General Motors’ first research and design studio). Located in Detroit’s New Center district (about a mile from the original Walter and Josephine Ford Campus), the building serves as the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

The Taubman Center is home to the College’s five undergraduate design departments, graduate degree programs in design and transportation design and the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, an art and design charter school for middle and high school students. This second campus site has enabled CCS to expand its curriculum to include new areas of the creative industries, improve facilities for all of its departments and connect with the local community through the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. It represents the College’s commitment toward accelerating metro Detroit’s transition to an innovation-based economy by renewing the infrastructure of an important urban neighborhood; attracting, developing and retaining talent in the creative industries; spurring research in sustainable product development; and creating jobs and new business opportunities. The original Ford campus continues to house arts and crafts disciplines as well as the majority of administrative offices.

The College’s legacy has contributed to its recognition as an international leader in art and design education. In 2007, Bloomberg Business Week listed CCS among the top design schools in the world. The College now enrolls more than 1,400 students seeking undergraduate degrees across 12 majors and graduate degrees in design and transportation design. CCS also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and annually provides over 4,000 high-risk Detroit youth with art and design education through the Community Arts Partnerships programs.

A century of tradition shaped by some of the most brilliant minds in the world has culminated in a truly unsurpassed institution of higher learning—a community where the creative spirit is free to soar.


Richard L. Rogers, PresidentSooshin Choi, Provost & Vice President for Academic AffairsAnne Beck, Vice President for Administration & FinanceJulie Hingelberg, Vice President for Enrollment and Student ServicesNina Holden, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Joanne Healy, Dean of Graduate StudiesVince Carducci, Dean of Undergraduate StudiesDan Long, Dean of Students Sharon Procter, Associate Provost Dona Lantz, Associate Provost for CurriculumMichelle Cade, Assistant Provost For Student And Global Affairs

Board of Trustees

Keith E. Crain, Chair
Lynn F. Alandt, Vice Chair
Alphonse S. Lucarelli, Secretary
James H. Vandenberghe, Treasurer

Robert H. Bluestein
Thomas C. Buhl
Darrell Burks
Moray Callum
Frank Campanale
Thomas Celani
Lois P. Cohn
Van E. Conway
Gary L. Cowger
KC Crain
Matthew P. Cullen
Gretchen Davidson
Linda Dresner
David T. Fischer
Alfred J. Fisher III
Nathan M. Forbes
Ralph Gilles
Nancy Grosfeld
Sheila F. Hamp
David M. Hempstead
Danialle Karmanos
James M. Nicholson
William U. Parfet
Roger S. Penske
Sandra E. Pierce
Stephen R. Polk
Waltraud E. Prechter
James E. Press
John Rakolta, Jr.
Michael Ritchie
Richard L. Rogers, President
Sydney L. Ross
Lloyd A. Semple
Anthony L. Soave
Eleanor F. Sullivan
Molly P. Valade
Edward T. Welburn, Jr.

Board of Advisors

College for Creative Studies’ Board of Advisors

Dining News

Say NO to FOAM
We continue moving forward to minimize our carbon footprint here on campus. One way of doing so is to eliminate styrofoam (Polystrene). Along with the health risks associated with the manufacture of products that use polystyrene, The National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research noted 57 chemical by-products released during the creation of Styrofoam. This not only pollutes the air but also produces loads of liquid and solid waste to be disposed of. Our plates and carryout containers are 100% environmental friendly.

Local Partners
From bread to milk we make great effort to purchase Michigan products. Take a look at a few of the local items we use and their suppliers:

Zero Trans-Fats Oils
Sodexo uses zero trans-fat oil products in all foodservice operations nationwide. Zero Trans-Fats products include salad dressings, sauces, soups, breads, muffins, cereals, pasta, breaded chicken, eggs, tortillas, oils and a range of other items.

Looking for a special Gift?
Campus Dining offers a variety of gift packages, tasty treats and special surprises… Check out our gifts page!

Campus Dining Meal Plans

In order to meet your campus dining needs, we have designed the following meal plans for the 2015-2016 academic year.  If you need to purchase a meal plan, or if you would like to make a change to the plan you have already selected, simply contact Student Life at 313-664-7879.

  $1450 = $1570 Dining Dollars$725 = $785 Dining Dollars Your CCS SmART CARD identifies you as a holder of a meal plan, which is valuable and should be treated as cash. Your CCS SmART CARD must be presented for every purchase using your dining dollars to prevent unauthorized persons from using dining services for which you paid.If you were to run out of dining dollars, you may also put money on your CCS SmART card. Money added outside of the meal plan is refunded at the end of the year.All students are locked into a meal plan for the academic year starting on move-in day. After move-in day, the size of the meal plan can be switched until September 10 in the fall semester and January 21 in the winter semester. 

Catering Services

From basic coffee services to outdoor events of unlimited numbers, our goal is to provide you with a full range of quality and innovative catering services backed by a diverse, service-oriented staff and a wide range of resources available from our international network.

As a catering service, our main function is Food! Our trained, professional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of catering services. The quality of your food, however, does not rest upon the chefs alone. Every member of the Catering Department receives monthly training on food and beverage services, as well as day-to-day experience on the job.

This brochure provides you with fresh, contemporary menus. However, this represents only a starting point. Our commitment is to customize and create whatever is required to provide your guests with

an unforgettable experience.

For Your Health Quick LinksA Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
Learn more about making smart choices for your health, for your community and for your planetMeet the Dietitian
Ask your health questions to one of our registered dietitiansNutrition Calculator
Look up the nutritional data and other information for a variety of menu itemsMy Plate
Get healthy eating tips, create a personalized plan, and more with the latest information from the USDA Being well and eating well means becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a better today and a better tomorrow.  Your Sodexo dining team is committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience.  From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy options are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.Another important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients – many of which are grown by local or regional farmers.  Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items.For students who have special dietary and nutritional needs we have informational resources and customized menus to address your needs.  These menus meet the strictest compliance standards, without sacrificing flavor, texture or presentation. Sodexo’s nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choicesLook for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires. If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef. If you have additional dietary questions, please contact us so we can help!  Sodexo has registered dieticians ready to answer your questions and help you stay healthy.   

For Your Planet

As a guest, it is easy to make smart environmental choices when you dine at a Sodexo café. We know today’s college students want to do the right thing for the planet and we also understand you lead busy lives, so your Sodexo chefs and managers do a lot of the work for you behind the scenes!

From purchasing local seasonal produce whenever possible to reducing inorganic and organic waste, your campus team is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that is good for you and good for the planet.

This commitment was formalized with Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan. The Better Tomorrow Plan includes 14 commitments for a brighter future by focusing on three key priorities: health, community and planet. Learn more about the Better Tomorrow Commitments.

While your Sodexo team works hard behind the scenes, they also count on student engagement and enthusiasm to spread the word about what you’re doing together on your campus. We encourage you to work with your local Sodexo management team to continue to innovate and improve sustainability efforts in your community.

If you have additional comments or questions, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.


Young Woman ImageCampus Dining Employment

Earn extra income while on campus, make friends, have fun and learn something by being a Campus Dining Services employee. We offer flexible hours to fit your class schedule, competitive wages and the benefit of working close to home. Interested students should contact the General Manager for more details at

Arts & Crafts Cafe….

WelcomeHours of ServiceFord Campus GrillMonday – FridayHot Breakfast 7:30am-9:30amHot Lunch 11am-1:30pmHot Dinner 5pm-7:30pmCoffee & snacks available 7:30am – 7:30pmFORD CAMPUS GRILL MENU  


Whether you are looking to pick up a text book for one of your new classes, need a tube of fine oil paint, or want to purchase some CCS swag, CCS’s Bookstores have it all. For your convenience, you can purchase virtually all of your art supplies at either one of our locations. Don’t have time to make it to one of our locations? No problem.

You can order your supplies online he

Color & Materials Library

The Color & Materials Library is a unique resource that is a combination of a traditional library and a materials research lab.

The library collection includes over 75 periodicals, about 2000 books and hundreds of material samples. The collection of books and magazines focuses on product design, materials, graphic design, interior design, advertising, transportation design, architecture, fashion, and trends. The frequently updated materials collection consists of over 1000 reference samples of textiles, metals, plastics, wood, bamboo, cork, glass, paper, and color swatches.  The library subscribes annually to New York based Material ConneXion’s electronic database and is available to all students and faculty. In addition, the library provides the full Pantone Color Reference Library and is in the process of adding Pantone Plastic chips to the collection.

The Color & Materials Library has a lab of 4 computer stations and 2 scanners for students to scan materials since the materials are for library use only. The library houses a Gretag MACBETH Light Testing Box.  The box is equipped with five selectable light sources designed to aid in color matching and evaluation.
The purpose of the materials library is to inspire creativity as well as to introduce students to both new and traditional materials and the companies that produce them. Students in all disciplines at the college are encouraged to use the library’s resources.

Undergraduate Programs (BFA)

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All undergraduate students take Liberal Arts and Foundation courses. A Business Concentration and a number of Academic Minors are also available.

The College for Creative Studies is among the nation’s leading colleges of art and design. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the following majors: advertising: copywriting, advertising: design, art education, crafts, entertainment arts, fashion accessories design, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photographyproduct design and transportation design.

At the College for Creative Studies, first-year students can enter their chosen department and concentrate their studies in one area or spend their first semester undeclared and take an orientation class to learn about the 12 studio majors. While students are immersed in their chosen area of study immediately upon entering CCS, they are also encouraged to take classes outside of their major to broaden their skills. Students are required to take courses in our foundation program to help establish the basics and give students a taste of the different paths they can follow. Additionally, students will take courses in liberal arts to help make their studies as well rounded as possible and have the option to choose an academic minor or the business concentration .

Each department emphasizes four distinct components of a visual arts education: technical skill, aesthetic sensibility, conceptual ability, and practical experience, combining studio and academic classes with more individualized instruction.

Graduate Programs (MFA)

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Color And
Materials Design

Forecast trends and identify opportunities to
compete in a changing business and
consumer environment.

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Synthesize external factors and create
meaningful design solutions.

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Enhance aesthetic techniques and develop
analytical and business skills.

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Reshape the way people and goods
move from one place to another.

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The College for Creative Studies Master of Fine Arts program builds on the College’s legacy of art and design education excellence and is adapted to meet the demands of a globally competitive environment. As such, the Graduate program focuses on fostering critical thinking in a design context while keeping contemporary business reality in mind. CCS graduate classes are taught by industry leaders and an internationally recognized roster of visiting designers and artists with experience in design strategy, user-centric research, design execution and presentation, as well as entrepreneurial practices. The College attracts an internationally diverse student body to study in cutting-edge state-of-the art studio facilities, with access to advanced technological capabilities.

 Our approach begins with designers – talented, schooled and experienced – who are interested in advancing their theoretical or practical design skills to the next stage of their careers. Our goals include providing our graduates with the knowledge to shorten the time frame typically required to learn business practices on the job. They also include honing the necessary skills to become innovators as well as to build and lead creative teams that drive business results. While other programs tend to focus on the analysis of research and the verbalization of criteria or the making of conceptual and beautiful work only, CCS MFA integrates both and transforms ideas into applicable and relevant solutions.

Precollege & Continuing Studies

An artist is curious. An artist wants to discover. And an artist needs to explore.

Our classes give you the chance to do all three. If you want to advance your career, hone a skill or just want to take a class for pure enjoyment, we offer both certificate programs and non-degree courses. And you don’t have to be a full-time student to take them.

So start exploring your curiosities here. Photography. Fashion design. Video production. The opportunities are endless.

Precollege Programs

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