Craft & Material Studies

Makers of the future.

We teach design, motivate creative problem solving, encourage individual expression and uphold the object as both useful and conceptually relevant within contemporary society: art that enriches daily life.

The Craft & Material Studies department investigates the expressive possibilities of materials through rigorous, hands-on investigation. Students engage in disciplined making practices, including sculpture, functional objects, design and decorative arts. Craft & Material Studies students focus on the acquisition of both traditional skills and experimental approaches to develop an informed and innovative use of materials.

The flexible curriculum allows students to explore a variety of materials while remaining grounded in a single material discipline: Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Textiles, Furniture or Metalsmithing and Jewelry. All students take classes to enhance their skill sets in professional practices, digital design and fabrication. And state-of-the-art studios help them cultivate an individualized practice that is informed by an understanding of materials and larger artistic, social and cultural contexts.

A Craft & Material Studies education at CCS prepares students to thrive as independent artists, commissioned artists, production artists, studio owners, fabricators, designers, teachers, art administrators and non-profit managers and directors to broadly apply creativity and critical thinking to issues outside of their discipline.

Five Specialties

Students choose from five specialties — Ceramics, Fiber and Textiles, Furniture, Glass and Metalsmithing and Jewelry — and are strongly encouraged to explore cross-disciplinary work.

What Sets Us Apart?

Stand-AloneCraft & Material Studies Department

We are one of the few colleges in the country to maintain a thriving stand-alone Craft & Material Studies department.

Vast Array of Industries and Opportunities

Craft & Material Studies graduates can expect to work in a vast array of industries from a studio practice/small business entrepreneurship, freelance artist/designer for manufacturing and architecture to clay modeling and color and trim for the auto industry.


Career Choices

Art Educator
Ceramic Artist
Clay Modeler
Color and Trim Designer
Costume Designer
Fashion Accessories Designer
Furniture Designer

Gallery Owner
Glass Artist
Independent Artist
Jewelry Designer
Mold Maker
Museum Textile Restoration
Ornamental Architecture Fabricator

Prop Designer
Set Designer
Surface Designer
Textile Designer
Tile Designer
Visual Merchandiser
Weaving Artist

Previous Internships

AK Services
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Arden Companies
Art Farm
Baron Glassworks
City Bird
Collins and Aikman
Context Furniture
Crypton Fabrics
DVF (Diane von Furstenberg)
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Furnace Hot Glass
General Motors
Greenfield Village
Hayashi of America
Italmoda Furniture
Jean Bartlett
Lankton Metal Design
Mark A Young Jewelers
Marlaina Stone
Miriam Haskell

Mount Clemens Blown Glass
Pilchuck Glass School
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Proenza Schouler
Queso Cabeza Farm
Revolution Gallery
Stefani & Co
Walt Disney World
Wet Dog Glass

Contact Us

Craft & Material Studies Department
T. 313.664.7446
F. 313.664.7688

Department Chair
Kim Harty