Valade Family Gallery

The Valade Family Gallery is located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The Gallery offers 5500 square feet of event space available for internal and external use. The Assistant Provost oversees the Gallery, including scheduling events and managing floor supervisors. Ideas for exhibitions are generated by the Speakers and Exhibitions Committee and through outside proposals submitted to the Assistant Provost. The exhibition schedule is determined at the beginning of the academic year.

The Valade Family Gallery showcases the work of visiting artists, alumni, faculty, and staff. Additional programming of the Gallery includes special events, benefits, student exhibitions, and artist receptions. The space can accommodate up to 150 people and provides a flexible layout to accommodate all types of exhibitions and events.

Center Galleries

Center Galleries, located on the Ford Campus in the Manoogian Visual Resource Center, presents the work of faculty, alumni, and local and nationally prominent artists for the education and enjoyment of both the students and faculty of CCS and the community at large. The programs of Center Galleries are accessible to and encourage the participation of the widest possible audience consistent with its mission and resources.

Center Galleries is dedicated to exploring the relationship between culture and artistic practice, fostering intellectual inquiry, and creating multidisciplinary exhibitions and educational programming that enable diverse audiences to connect their experiences of art to everyday life. Center Galleries recognizes a special responsibility to support the academic and teaching missions of the College through close collaboration with academic departments on campus. Off-campus, Center Galleries places special emphasis on serving the cultural needs of the people of southeastern Michigan, while simultaneously participating as an active member of the national art community.

Center Galleries also showcases the work of alumni, faculty, and staff in its Alumni and Faculty Hall and the College’s own art collection in the Permanent Collection Gallery. Additional programming by Center Galleries includes film, literary and performance events, benefits and artist receptions, and occasional special exhibitions throughout the campus. Center Galleries’ educational programs are designed for the education and enjoyment of CCS students, and to help build audiences for contemporary art. Lectures, gallery talks with artists and curators, workshops, catalogs, and other publications, and ongoing gallery tours for art educators and their students introduce visitors to new artists, new work, and other issues and ideas about contemporary art practice.

Tools and Equipment

The Shops may at their discretion lend out tools and equipment by having the faculty, staff, or student fill out a form and leave their I.D. or drivers license. Certain materials are available for purchase in the shops and labs. The Bookstore stocks respirators and safety glasses for sale. Faculty and staff must require users of the shop to use the proper safety gear.

Emergency Response

All Academic Facilities shop managers, staff and work-study technicians are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED. Campus Safety has implemented a step-by-step response plan for accidents, injuries and fire that may occur in the shops. The plan is posted in each area. Faculty should familiarize themselves with these procedures.

When anyone is injured, the supervisor at the shop must fill out an Accident/Injury Report Form at the CCS Security Office.

Director of Academic Facilities

The Director of Academic Facilities is responsible for strengthening the infrastructure for teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary environment through the safe operation of the facilities. The Director of Academic Facilities provides direction for operations, equipment purchasing, training, growth and technology, and works with the Health and Safety Committee of Faculty Assembly to assure the safety of the facilities.


The Library Director oversees all library operations, collections, and technology. The director works with the faculty, students and staff to develop library collections and services. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Library Committee of Faculty Assembly that works to establish library policies and to communicate those policies to the CCS community. The director provides for research assistance and instruction to students, faculty and staff.

Assessment Program

The College engages in assessment of student learning to evaluate outcomes that demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum in meeting the educational goals and objectives of the undergraduate and graduate programs and to foster continuous improvement of the curriculum. Assessment initiatives are coordinated and administered via the office of Academic Affairs under the direction of the Associate Provost.

The Assessment Committee of the Faculty Assembly consists of faculty members across all majors who serve a three-year term and support the College’s engagement in assessment initiatives. The Associate Provost of the College is an ex officio member of the Assessment Committee, and also works closely with the Deans and Department Chairs, who are responsible for the implementation of assessment initiatives, evaluation of departmental student learning outcomes, and continuous improvement of the curriculum within their respective majors.

Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit is an economic development organization within the College with the mission of developing Detroit into a global resource for creative talent. Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. The steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core is located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy through its three main programs: Detroit Design Network, Detroit Month of Design, and Detroit City of Design. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. More information can be found at