Leading US design college focuses on business

Detroit’s College for Creative Studies is launching a suite of graduate programmes later this year to address the increasing emphasis on design within business.

CCS is introducing a graduate studies programme in autumn that will give those studying its Masters of Fine Art Degree two possible routes for specialisation within design and transportation design.

The aim of the programme is to offer a new approach to graduate design education, placing emphasis on the context of design within business.

‘The programme will integrate design, cultural and business issues in the development of commercially-oriented design solutions,’ says the CCS.

The design specialisation, which is aiming to attract an international base of students with backgrounds in either 2D or 3D design, will encompass design research, interaction design and collaborative learning.

Graduate students will also take business courses through partnership with premier business schools, including the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

As a result, the college is on the hunt for a chair of Graduate Design, to implement and lead the programme, working closely with its director of graduate studies, the dean of the college and the Design Advisory Board.

The CCS has more than 1300 undergraduate students, with 12 undergraduate departments across animation, advertising design, graphic design, crafts, fine arts, illustration, interior design, photography, art education and industrial design.

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