Program Details

Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, the College for Creative Studies has earned a worldwide reputation and helped shape an industry by
Detroit, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Industrial Design

Program Overview

Program Description:

Located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, the College for Creative Studies has earned a worldwide reputation and helped shape an industry by placing more graduates in automotive design than any college anywhere. But now, looking ahead, the graduate program in Transportation Design aspires to create those visionaries who will reshape the very notion of what Transportation can be.

How will our graduates tackle epochal questions of social change and global environmental issues?

By doing. With our institutional commitment to the designer as maker and doer, the studio format is at the heart of the graduate program’s curriculum. Each student will complete at least two team-based studio projects in their program. Following a design development path that begins with extensive and rigorous research, they will take design problems through multiple project phases to completion.

Those final high-quality studio models are also shaped and informed by lecture courses in history, business practices and the social sciences. Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminars are structured to bring together students, academic and industry leaders from related fields, in a platform that will stretch and challenge students at their best.

There is also the opportunity to earn academic credit and first-hand experience through formally structured industry-sponsored projects, and students may be offered teaching assistantships in CCS’ undergraduate programs.

Additional Program Information

CCS is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.
Applicants must: Demonstrate the adoption of cutting-edge technology in their design processes, and an interest in future trends Possess a high standard of skills in drawing and possess well-developed skills in 3-D spatial perception and form, as related to either general design and/or transportation design Complete the online application Submit official college transcript(s). Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 college grade point average Present a portfolio in a digital format (either CD and/or personal web-site) that communicates the applicant’s problem-solving skill as well as technical and aesthetic skill levels Submit an original sketchbook Write a statement of purpose: the applicant’s objectives in seeking an MFA. This document also serves as the applicant’s writing sample Submit a résumé/CV Provide three recommendations from people who know the applicant's academic or professional record and potential for graduate study Candidates will be contact
International Requirements:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum composite score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test. The TOEFL is not required if the student’s undergraduate degree program was taught in English. Each transcript must be translated into English and must include the school’s grading scale so that we may convert your academic class grades. Please submit descriptions of your studies in each university studio class so that we can determine their eligibility for transfer. Official certification from a financial institution documenting funds to cover one year’s tuition and expenses ($43,235). The actual amount available for studies must be stated in U.S. dollars. All payments must be made by credit card, check (drawn on U.S. bank) or international money order. I-20’s are issued after all requirements are met.

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