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Communication designers are interdisciplinary by nature. We make things that you see, read, touch, and experience every day. Our visual messages can live on a static page, a dynamic screen, or a user interface.

Still from a motion design project. Cartoon red hand on a dark blue and purple background touching a bright purple bumpy shape.

Noah Watson

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Alexandra Porter

Our innovative curriculum in CD encourages students to create imaginative work that engages users in new and unexpected ways in print, motion, and user experience design. Communication Design students learn to, print, code, type, cut/paste, photograph, connect, play, wire, move, gesture, draw, touch, think, paint, video, capture, record, document, make, write, and build, dynamic design solutions. At the end of their four-year experience, they discover that their creative potential is limitless.

Our program is STEM-designated. New international students completing this program can apply for the STEM-OPT (optional practical training) extension.

Our Communication Design curriculum is graphic design made dynamic. Our projects start with research that helps students make informed choices with the end-user in mind. We dig deep to find the answers and sometimes we end up with better questions.

idea board with lots of images and pictures

Things here can get messy, but in the end, we get it right because we have the ability to make books, packaging, brand identities, magazines, way-finding systems, websites, mobile apps, UxD, movie title sequences and exhibition spaces. Many of our projects connect with collaborative partnerships in the areas of architectural interior spaces, urban planning, mobility and social practice.

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 From research projects, students move into ideation, where we play with the ideas, messaging and meaning, in order to get the concept just right. Now the fun begins, we visualize our ideas in a variety of ways, iterating in order to try, test, fail, and eventually succeed.

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CCS/CD students are in high demand here and abroad because they are leaders and they can think, make, & play – which is innovation at its core.

We are different. In the best possible way.

Graduates work for global brands, including Adidas, Adobe, And/Or, Apple, Artifact, Buzzfeed, Carhartt, Converse, Czarnowski, Facebook, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Good Done Daily, Google, Grand Army, Hobbes, Hook, L/A, Lego, Microsoft, Moosejaw, One Design Studio, Pentagram, Rivian, Schema, Shinola, Sonos, SPAN, Stiletto, UM, @Walsh and 2 x 4. The department has many professional options.

Our CD Alumni are entrepreneurs. After years of honing their professional careers, many go on to opening their own design studios across the country and the globe, including Los Angeles, New York City, UK and right here in Detroit.

2021 Communication Design Placement Rate (Employment and Graduate School)
Number of Graduates = 26
Number Employed = 23
Number Employed in Their Major Field = 23
Number Attending Graduate School = 1
Total Number Placed = 24
Placement Rate = 92.31%


App Designer
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Brand Manager
Creative Director
Design Director
Design Strategist
Digital Content Manager
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Editorial Designer
Environment Designer
Exhibit Designer
Graphic Designer
Interaction Designer
Interactive Art Director
Mobile Media Designer
Motion Graphic Designer
Multimedia Graphic Designer
Social Media Digital Designer
Social Media Director
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer
Visual Designer
Web Designer
Web/Mobile Media Designer

Featured Alumni

Wideshot of the Ford CCS Campus Communication Design Alumni's Menu for Karl's Coffee Shop Company logo, Lafayette American Meg Janott | Senior Designer

Emily Cowdrey

Senior Designer


Chuck Gibson

Senior UX Designer


Meg Jannott

Head of Design
Lafayette American


Kelli Miller

Co-Founder & Creative Director


Samantha Peacock

Senior Designer


Brett Renfer

Experience Designer


Will Ruby

Senior Experience Designer
Adobe Design


Megan Schellenbarger

Senior Creative Manager

Alumni Network

East Coast

Buck TV
2 x 4


VSA Partners
Pivot Design
Studio Blue
People’s Liberty

West Coast

Adobe Ex
Wieden + Kennedy
Foc Media
Capacity TV
Bemis Balkind
Big Tomorrow


Herman Miller
People’s Design
Group Ex
Quicken Loans
Mercedes Benz Financial Services
Latch + Associates
George P. Johnson
Lunar North
The Works Department
Good Done Daily
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In The News

College for Creative Studies Rising Stars Illuminate Milan Design Week

College for Creative Studies Rising Stars Illuminate Milan Design Week

A contingent of three departments from the College for Creative Studies participated in the prestigious Salone del Mobile Milano 2024.

The Salone del Mobile Milano is widely recognized as the preeminent global design fair. This year was a standout year with over 360,000 visitors,1,950 exhibitors from 35 countries and over 5,500 accredited journalists in attendance. Participating departments were undergraduate Interior Design, undergraduate Communication Design and graduate Color & Materials Design.

CCS Named as a Top Design School by GDUSA

CCS Named as a Top Design School by GDUSA

“It is time once again time for our annual list of favorite graphic design schools and programs that excel in teaching the hard and soft skills necessary for success, in nurturing talent and expanding minds, and in preparing the next generation of creatives for a dream career in the real world.”