Initially founded in 1906, the College for Creative Studies has become an important fixture in Detroit, Michigan's educational community. The school was originally known as the Society of Arts and Crafts - created in the tradition of the contemporary English Arts and Crafts movement - and provided strong programs in practical artistic fields like design, drawing and woodcarving. In 1926, the institution expanded its curriculum to include more aesthetic disciplines like painting and sculpting. In addition, the school was one of the first to consider automobile design as a creative process. The college shifted its name to the Center for Creative Studies - College of Art and Design in 1975, shortening to its current title in 2001.
According to its mission statement, "the College for Creative Studies nurtures the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture. The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth. The College fosters students' resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities and learn throughout their lives."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at the College for Creative Studies have access to the school's distinct academic programs and fields of study in fields like art education, copywriting, design, entertainment arts, photography, illustration, liberal arts, product design, fine arts, graphic design, interior design and transportation design.
Student living and university living at the school revolves around a variety of traditional campus student organizations and activities.
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