CCS Introduces Reenvisioned Studio Art & Craft Program

August 31, 2023
Two students standing in front of a wall of artwork hanging from it. In front of the students is a table with pill bottles, drink bottles and other miscellaneous items.



In an effort to provide a more versatile student experience and continue the College’s tradition of relentless creativity and making, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is introducing Studio Art and Craft.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is pleased to announce the reimagined Studio Art and Craft program. This new program, rooted in CCS’s tradition of making, combines the former Art Practice and Craft and Material Studies majors to emphasize the development of creativity and critical thinking skills that can be applied beyond specific disciplines.

Led by contemporary multi-disciplinary visual artist and educator Valerie Jenkins, Studio Art and Craft is rooted in the disciplines of ceramics, digital fabrication, digital media, drawing, fibers/textiles, glass, installation, metalsmithing/jewelry, painting, performance, print media and sculpture. It combines traditional making with contemporary processes and progressive technologies. Students focus on producing meaningful works of art and/or learning the artisan’s role in designing well-crafted functional form.

“As a flexible program with extraordinary facilities and internationally recognized faculty, Studio Art and Craft provides the structure for a focused study in any of the disciplines within the Studio Art and Craft major,” said Valerie Jenkins, Chair of Studio Art and Craft. An emphasis on research, critical thinking, interdisciplinary modalities, experimentation, and new technologies is incorporated into the teaching methods to help students develop a distinct and unique voice, create a vision, embody critical thinking, and develop the leadership skills and knowledge that will contribute to a successful professional practice.” 

CCS is pleased to offer these new options for current and future students to further its mission of educating the next generation of creatives. To learn more, visit