Detroit, MI
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is quite hefty but it prepares you for future careers

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5 College Junior

Academics: There are excellent study abroad and internship opportunities built into the curriculum. There are classes in self-management for artists and other business practices to help develop the business savvy necessary to be able to market your work. There's all kinds of help in developing your portfolio to help give every student every opportunity to succeed as an artist.

5 College Junior

Academics: The workload is pretty rigorous, you definitely can't slack off and still get decent grades, but I think that's a good thing. The curriculum is developed to focus entirely on your development as an artist, and the school has a ton of programs to help you succeed, not just in school, but in your chosen career in the arts.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The thing about a photography degree at CCS is you will come out a well rounded photographer. Yes, you may have your certain "niche" but CCS focuses on broadening your artistic abilities, so that you are a well rounded artist.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: You can go through this school and simply do your work and get good grades and get your degree. Or you can make use of your time here. Use the knowledge the professors have, because chances are after school it will be hard to gain access to the methods these professors know. All the professors have worked in the industry, so they really know what it's all about. Networking is key at this school- think about it. You are surrounded by young artist whole will be out in the art world with you. Make friends with people in different majors, you may never know when you need their help. This school is expensive, but if you use all the resources to their highest capacity you will come out like gold.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 69th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 81st
    Best Course Variety
  • 141st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 301st
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Natasha Guimond
Massena, NY
Advertising Design
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The first thing that sets CCS apart from any other school is the fact that working professionals serve as the staff and faculty. Every instructor you will have is immersed in the industry that they are preparing you for. Many of the instructors are adjunct faculty, meaning that they're only part-time because they either have a "day job" or a successful freelance network going for them. For example, your instructor may work as a creative director at a local advertising agency during the day, teach a class Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m.–10 p.m., and continue to expand their knowledge base by taking online courses in typography in their spare time to continue to keep up with the rest of the design world and stay ahead of the curve. CCS has some of the most talented people working as instructors, department heads, admissions staff, and every other position that holds the school together. They are all incredibly passionate about what they do, they are eager to help you succeed.

Students are required to take certain liberal arts courses, but it's not like other schools. CCS' liberal arts courses are geared toward art and design. The liberal arts department knows and understands how creative people work and challenges them appropriately. If you're struggling in any class, not just liberal arts, there is a wonderful place called the Student Success Center with some very dedicated people running it. They employ student tutors, including upperclassmen that have been through it all and can help you with your assignments or work you through different computer programs you may be required to use. They also act as mentors to let you know that you're not the only one that has struggled with something and to help you come out on top. The Student Success Center also holds writing workshops to help you through any writing assignment to make sure you're not missing anything and that you're formatting and quoting correctly.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects: 5%
  • Graphic Design: 4%
  • Illustration: 9%
  • Industrial and Product Design: 16%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Online Courses
CCS only offers a couple online courses right now. It's mostly a hands-on school, but there are a couple of liberal arts courses available online that have proven to be successful so far. Art history and world literature are the only options, and they both fill up fairly quickly. It helps to have a couple classes that you can take "on your own time," especially if you're a commuter. Online courses probably wouldn't work so well with a studio class, though, as critiques wouldn't be as beneficial, and you would miss out on that intimate interaction with your instructors.
Best Places to Study
  • 24-hour lab
  • At the Taubman Campus, on your major's designated floor
  • The lounge areas on every floor of the WB Ford Building
  • Manoogian Visual Resource Center (the library)
  • Outside in the Oval
  • Student Success Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Accept the fact that you won't get much sleep if you want to do well. Time management can only do so much sometimes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you and immerse yourself into extracurricular activities. It's always good to expand your mind with different lectures and events that go on around campus, and extracurriculars look great on your résumé when you're trying to get an internship or job.
  • Critiques can be scary at first, but it's not the end of the world if not everyone likes your work. Don't take them to heart. The comments, feedback, and constructive criticism are about your work, not you!
  • Have a sense of humor. You don't win all the time, but always, always try to.
  • Networking is a huge thing, no matter what major you're in.
  • Work hard, play hard.

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  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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