Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Articulation, Transfer Agreements, and Transfer Guides aid undergrads in selecting partner institution courses that align with Bachelor of Fine Arts program requirements at CCS, minimizing credit loss and coursework duplication.

In offering a variety of transfer pathways and guides The College for Creative Studies (CCS) seeks to aid students who: have previously earned potential transfer credit, are planning to attend a community college before applying to CCS, or are considering transferring from one of our international partner institutions to complete their degree in the US. Transfer students are supported through our:

Articulation Agreements and Structured Transfer Agreements
These pathways facilitate transfer credit from program to program and in some instances may reduce the time required for students to complete their degree upon matriculation. 

Michigan Transfer Agreement
The College for Creative Studies is a signatory member in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and agrees to the policies and procedures outlined. To aid students in selecting courses that best align with first and second year liberal arts requirements at CCS when utilizing the MTA, custom guides for the Michigan Community Colleges partners most frequently attended prior to transfer have been provided. 

Students with the MTA credential are awarded a minimum of 30 credit hours in transfer credit. These credits are applied to general education and elective requirements for most* undergraduate programs.

Please Note:

Completion and transfer of the Michigan Transfer Agreement will not reduce the time required to complete a Student’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). For details please see our transfer credit policy and FAQs .

ALSO*- Students seeking a BFA that includes Art Education Teacher Certification or those pursuing a major in Transportation Design may not receive full credit transfer toward their degree requirements when transferring with the MTA. See admissions for more information.

Michigan Transfer Pathway for Studio Art
The College for Creative Studies is a signatory member of the MiTransfer Pathway for Studio Art and agrees to the policies and procedures outlined. The Art MiTransfer Pathway facilitates both the general education core of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and select studio courses. Students seeking admission to Interdisciplinary Art & Design at CCS and meeting the requirements of this pathway may be able to complete their BFA in as little as 2 years. 

Detailed course transfer information, including all transfer pathways, is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (for new or prospective students), or from the Office of Academic Advising and Registration (for current or returning students).

Institutions seeking to forge formal Articulation Agreements or other Transfer Pathways in with the College for Creative Studies are invited to contact Amber Thomas, Director of Transfer and Academic Partnerships T: 313-664-7422

January 26, 2018

November 29, 2023