Art Practice (Fine Arts)

The Fine Arts major at the College for Creative Studies is transitioning to the Art Practice major to better represent the profession as a constellation of fields that are each considered as students define their art through the multiple lenses of studio, community, exhibition, markets, and more.

Art Practice takes a broad perspective on the work and identity of artists, from the studio artists’ ability to produce meaningful works of art, to the role of artists as cultural producers, arts advocates, community builders, and innovators in a range of creative fields.

dafabet888 Art Practice students build conceptual and critical skills that focus on materials, form, content, history, theory and process. With the freedom to create a customized path suited to particular strengths and interests, supported by individual mentoring with outstanding faculty, students are equipped to make choices that will prepare them to be versatile and nimble in an ever-changing world.

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What Sets Us Apart?

Intensive Junior and Senior Studio Experience

Seniors and juniors have semi-private studios with 24-hour access — which allows for the self-directed development of a signature body of work as professional artists. They begin to exhibit their work locally in the vibrant art scene in Detroit and are exposed to a global network of artists.

Resources and Materials

Students have access to some of the finest resources in the country, including the latest technologies in 3D modeling and printing, an expansive printmaking area, state-of-the-art wood and metal shops, a digital printing studio and a fully functioning foundry. Art Practice students also take courses using glass, textile and ceramics facilities.


dafabet888 Art Practice faculty are professional, working artists who mentor students beyond the classroom on how to network, set a career path, financially sustain an art practice and how and where to exhibit their work. Our alumni not only exhibit in the most prestigious museums and exhibitions in the country, including the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim Museum, but create vital art spaces in Detroit, such as C.A.V.E. Gallery, Popps Packing, Fortress Studio, and more.


The only city in the United States to be designated a UNESCO City of Design, Detroit is a hotbed of creative and entrepreneurial activity, and dafabet888 is at the center of it all. Located steps away from world-class art museums and leading-edge galleries, art spaces and studios, dafabet888 plays an important role in the city’s cultural life and revitalization, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in this active arts community.


Career Choices

Art Administrator
Art Appraiser
Art Buyer
Art Critic
Art Conservationist
Art Consultant
Art Educator
Art Fabricator
Art Handler/Installer
Artist in Residence
Art Therapist

Color and Materials Designer
Community Artist
Exhibition Designer
Exhibit Manager
Freelance Entrepreneur
Film Industry Fabricator
Gallery Owner or Director
Independent Artist
Independent Business Entrepreneur
Model Designer/Maker

Museum Educator
Performance Artist
Prop Designer
Public Artist
Set Designer
Sound Artist
Studio Artist

Previous Internships

555 Gallery
Above the Title Entertainment
Building Arts & Conservation
Coughlin Jewelers
Debra Hampton/Artist

Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Kresge Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Neal Davis Gallery

Ox-Bow Residency, Tularosa, New Mexico
Single Spark Pictures
Tangent Gallery
TRA Art Group

Contact Us

Art Practice Department
T. 313.664.7655
F. 313.664.7685

Department Chair
Valerie Jenkins