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Undergraduate Admissions

​Submitting your application for admission is the first step to becoming part of one of the best art and design schools in the world. Our admissions team is looking forward to helping you through the process and answering any questions you might have. Let’s get started.

Prospective students must demonstrate commitment, maturity and a readiness to work and grow in an educationally creative environment.

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Complete Our Native Online Application

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Complete Our Application via the Common App

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Show Us Your Work

Portfolio Info
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High School or College Transcripts

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Test Blind for Domestic Applicants

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English Test Requirement for International Applicants

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Request an Appointment

If you need help with the admissions process or are unsure of where you stand with your portfolio, our friendly Admissions team can help! On-campus and virtual appointments are available.

Need Help with Your Portfolio?

Don’t stress about your portfolio! Show us your work at anytime for a No Pressure Portfolio Review. We’ll give you constructive feedback to help you create and build a portfolio for admission.

Experience CCS for Yourself

One of the best ways to learn about CCS is to see campus for yourself. Whether in a virtual or in-person format, students have opportunities to check out our facilities, hear from faculty and students and view our inclusive and supportive campus.

Home Schooled Students

Home Schooled Student Information
  • Submit Home-school transcripts including a list of courses taken, grades received or level of proficiency attained.
  • A high school diploma also must be submitted (based on the student’s home state requirements). For Michigan residents, the parent providing the home-schooling will issue the diploma.
  • All other admissions requirements, criteria and guidelines apply equally to home-schooled students.

CCS seeks to enroll students who

  • Can see and think through challenges through a multi-faceted lens
  • Approach academic or creative problems with curiosity, tenacity, and effort
  • Enjoy making things that communicate messages using visual, tactile, and/or experiential methods, tools and materials
  • Are interested in self-expression, story telling, experimentation and creation
  • Commit to the creative process and are willing to challenge themselves
  • Are open to feedback from others, and who can consider and incorporate different perspectives and feedback to refine their ideas and solutions
  • May or may not have had formal art/design experience

The College for Creative Studies admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.