Junior Status

Students are required to complete all 15-18 credits of Foundation courses and 15 credits of 100/200 level Liberal Arts courses before they can begin their junior-level departmental studio courses.

Each department decides which departmental courses students must complete before progressing to junior-level department courses. Students who are placed into ELS 107 are not subject to the same Junior Status Policy requirements.

Students who fail to complete Junior Status requirements by the end of their sophomore year will receive a “Junior Status hold” and may need registration approval.

Foundation courses required

For Advertising, Communication Design, Photography, Film, and Interior Design MajorsFor Art Practice, Craft & Material Studies, and Fashion Design* MajorsFor Entertainment Arts (Concept, Game, Animation), Illustration, Product Design, Transportation Design
DFN 135 Image Concepts IDFN 103 Drawing I: Materials & MethodsDFN 101 Drawing I: Rapid Concept
DFN 136 Image Concepts IIDFN 104 Drawing II: Drawing as a PracticeDFN 112 Drawing II: Style & Skill
DFN 137 2D & 3D Integrated Design StudioDFN 116 3D Techniques* (Fashion does not require DFN 116 due to the nature of its program.)DFN 117 2D Design Principles
DFN 138 4D Design StudioDFN 120 Design Color & ContextDFN 118 3D Design Form & Space
DFN 139 Color & Light StudiesDFN 121 3D Design Material ManifestationDFN 119 Digital Techniques
DFN 142 Performance SpacesDFN 119 Digital TechniquesDFN 132 Process & Making

Liberal Arts courses required

  • DEN 101, Composition I
  • DEN 102, Composition II
  • DEN 239, Survey of World Literature (catalog year, 2021 or earlier)
    DAH —, History of Major (i.e. History of Advertising, Photography etc.) (catalog year, 2022 or later)
  • DAH 200, Art & Culture: Ages of Discovery
  • DAH 201, Visual Narration: Asia or Africa/America

Restricted Course

Students who intend to register for a course that is restricted to a particular major or class level (for example, Product Design only or juniors only) and who are not in that department or at the required class level must have the Department Chair or Program Manager complete and sign the Registration Permission form and submit it to the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

Adding/Dropping Classes

Courses for which a student is enrolled at the conclusion of the Add/Drop period will be used to determine attempted courses for the Course Completion Rate. Therefore, if it is necessary to adjust one’s class schedule, it is best to do so during the Add/Drop period of the semester. Courses that are dropped after conclusion of the Add/Drop period will show a recorded grade of W, WN, or WF. This will be counted as an unsuccessfully completed course, thus lowering the student’s completion rate.

Students may use Self-Service to add or drop classes up until the last day to add a class in accordance with the academic calendar. After the last day to add a course, if a student wishes to drop a course, students must complete the online drop form that is available on the AARO Campus Office page. 

Students who drop classes during the first seven business days of classes (see Academic Calendar for specific dates) are not charged for the drop. After the seventh day, dropped classes are charged on a sliding scale and those courses will receive a grade of “W”, “WN”, or “WF”.

The academic calendar offers specific tuition reimbursement information. The last day to withdraw from a course is on the Friday of the thirteenth week of classes. No exceptions to this deadline will be made.

The College reserves the right to cancel or change classes, instructors, and schedules; to revise tuition and fee structure; and to amend College policies for the efficient operation of the College. Students are notified by the Academic Advising and Registration Office of any course changes.

Book and Art Supply Stores

The CCS Bookstore is located on the ground floor of the Taubman Center. It is open Monday through Saturday during the academic year. Throughout the summer months it is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Textbooks and other supplies are stocked each semester based upon the faculty’s needs. The bookstore sends out a request to all academic departments in January for information regarding required texts for the full academic year. Based upon these requests, the bookstore will carry the necessary textbooks and supplies. Federal guidelines require that textbook information for required books are available when registration is open for their courses.


Regular class attendance is essential for learning and academic success. Students are expected to attend all class meetings, on time and for the full duration, and be prepared to work on that day’s assignment. Faculty are responsible for establishing an attendance policy for each of their classes and for outlining that policy on the course syllabus. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policy for their class and adhering to those requirements. Exceptions to an instructor’s attendance policy should be discussed with that instructor.

CCS Students using veterans’ benefits will have attendance monitored throughout the semester for reporting purposes to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

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