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Art & Design College in Detroit, Michigan

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Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, the College for Creative Studies' campus provides an ideal setting for future artists and designers. The CCS campus is made up of 10.5 acres, with approximately 232,000 square feet of instruction space in seven buildings. With a top-notched Campus Safety Office and excellent parking and accommodations, CCS makes it easy for students to feel comfortable while earning their college degree.

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The CCS campus totals 10.5 acres, with approximately 232,000 square feet of instruction space. Providing top-notch facilities is a high priority at CCS. The new Walter B. Ford II Building is a state-of-the art facility wired with a single digital network to carry voice, data, and video. The building houses high-tech flexible classrooms incorporating both traditional and computer workstations and a 250-seat auditorium equipped with the capacity to project digital images and sound. In addition, the building has a clay modeling studio with a spray booth, custom-made tables, and a rapid prototyping machine. The building also provides space on each floor for the exhibition of student work.

The CCS computer labs (containing over 380 workstations), wood shop, metal shop, and foundry are open to students in all departments. CCS is the only school in Michigan with a hot glass studio and a foundry that pours iron (in addition to bronze and aluminum). The art library is also a great resource.

Center Galleries
Center Galleries, with nearly 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, presents contemporary visual, literary, and performance art and design by national, local, and international artists.

CCS Argonaut Project
CCS has launced a major expansion that will transform the institution. The college is in the process of redeveloping the historic Argonaut Building as a second campus site and reorganizing and upgrading its existing campus in the Cultural Center.

Following are descriptions of facilities within each campus building.

Art Centre Building (ACB)
The Art Centre Building provides students with convenient, spacious housing and a Fitness Room. The building also houses Student Life, and Business offices, as well as Counseling Services, the Cashier, a 24-hour Computer lab and the Mailroom. An ATM is also located here.

Fitness Room
The ACB's Fitness Room provides students, faculty, and staff with workout equipment, weight machines, and free weights. Use at your own risk. CCS assumes no liability for any injuries resulting from the use of this equipment. Please direct equipment repair requests and suggestions to the Office of Student Life.

The Fritz Building
The Fritz building houses Human Resources and Institutional Advancement..

Admissions/Administration Building
The historic ADM Building houses the Admissions, Career Services, Executive Offices, and International Student Services.

The Kresge-Ford Building
The Kresge-Ford Building houses Foundation, Fine Arts, Illustration, Liberal Arts, Photography, Art Education, and Continuing Education Departments, in addition to the cafeteria, bookstore, The Community ARts Partnership Office and Student Success Center.


The cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service. It features a variety of hot and cold entrees and side dishes. Menu changes daily.

Campus Safety and Security
The Campus Safety staff routinely patrols campus grounds and parking lots. They are available to escort students between buildings and to and from their cars. Campus Safety also houses lost and found items. In addition a shuttle service is available to shuttle students home from campus, provided they live in the area adjacent to CCS.

Metal Shop and Foundry
The Metal Shop and Foundry are open to currently enrolled students who have passed the corresponding Materials and Process class. Experienced technicians are available to assist students in the shop.

U245 Student Gallery
The U245 Student Gallery offers exhibition space for students from all departments. Selection is competitive, based on submitted proposal and slides, and juried by the Student Gallery Manager and Exhibition Committee. The gallery showcases between eight and ten exhibitions per year.

Wood Shop
The Wood Shop is open to all currently enrolled students who have passed the corresponding Materials and Process class. Experienced technicians are available to assist students working in the shop.

Manoogian Visual Resouce Center (MVRC)
The Manoogian Visual Resouce Center houses Center Galleries, the library, and a multipurpose student activity room.

The CCS Library contains over 40,000 books and over 250 periodicals supporting curriculum in art, design, and liberal arts. The library houses the College's slide collection of 90,000 visual art and design images, for use by both faculty and students. Internet access and word-processing software is available on public computers. The library also offers 64 subscription databases in addition to many instructional videos and DVDs.

Other library services include interlibrary loan, print and electronic course reserves, and course-specific instruction on library and online database use. The library also provides seven stations for viewing videos and DVDs, a large-format scanner, two black and white copy machines and a color copier.

Students and patrons can access their library records from the library's online catalog. The loan period is two weeks. Books can be renewed once if no holds have been placed. Overdue notices are sent to student's campus email addresses. If books are not returned or fines are unpaid by the end of the semester, student records will be placed on hold, the student will not receive grades or transcripts, and will not be allowed to register.

Walter B. Ford II Building
The new Walter B. Ford II Building houses the Advertising Design, Entertainment Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Departments as well as the Imaging and Audiovisual Checkout Centers.

Imaging Center
The Imaging Center is available to CCS students, faculty, and staff. The Center produces high-end, full-color, and mono-color printouts, along with eight-color, large-format posters. Services are up to 50 percent less than at other vendors and turn around time is often the same day. Students, faculty, and staff can also check out digital cameras, recorders, and drawing tablets at the Imaging Center.

Audiovisual Checkout Center
Students can check out slide projectors, installation video projectors (CPJs), opaque projectors and overhead projectors from the Checkout Center. Equipment is for on-campus use only and can be used in-class or for presentations in CCS galleries. Students accept full responsibility for damaged or lost equipment.

Yamasaki Building
The Yamasaki Building houses the Crafts Department, Financial Aid, Registration, Academic Affairs offices, and the Academic Advising and Counseling Center.

Additional Services
Copy Machines
Coin-operated copy machines are located in the ACB lobby, the library and outside the Office of Campus Safety. Cost is ten cents per copy.

Lockers are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. To rent a locker, see the Cashier in the ACB. Locker rental fee is $20, five of which will be returned at the end of the year pending lock turn-in. If locks are not turned in, they will be removed, contents of the locker discarded, and $5 deposit forfeited. CCS is not liable for damage to locker contents.

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