New York Studio Residency Program

The member colleges of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) established the New York Studio Residency Program. It is designed for students to experience the challenges and rewards of living in a dynamic urban center. Students are enrolled in a full-time 16-credit independent studio program. The program includes a Critical Art Seminar, Contemporary Art seminar, and Critique Session course requirement. Only third-year students with a 3.0 GPA are eligible. Interested students should be referred to the Academic Advising and Registration office and will require the support of their department chairs.

Mobility Program

PURPOSE: The Mobility Program allows students to spend a semester at another AICAD institution. A student may see that an AICAD college other than his/her own can accommodate specific educational needs due to special facilities, curricular offerings, particular faculty competencies, or other resources appropriate to the student’s development. The request for a Mobility semester must be approved by both institutions.

ELIGIBILITY: All students in good standing and with a GPA of at least 2.7 are eligible after completing 51 credits. The Mobility Program is restricted to second semester sophomores and juniors (exceptions may be granted by the Department Chair to allow first semester seniors to participate). A student must be enrolled full-time while on Mobility at another institution. Students on Mobility will pay tuition to their home institution. The student pays the same tuition to CCS as he or she would if attending CCS. Details and information packets may be obtained from the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

International Student Services

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is staffed by the Director and one Academic Advisor. The ISSO is responsible for recruiting international undergraduate students, review of applications and admissions process for international students, academic advising for undergraduate international students and all graduate students, maintaining SEVIS records and certification for the College and its students, and programming.

Recruitment activities include, but are not limited to, international recruitment fairs, country visits to meet with applicants and prospective students, correspondence with prospective students and applicants, maintenance of agency agreements and agent visits, and hosting international students on campus for tours.

On campus programming includes orientation sessions for new international students, International Education Week activities, Tax, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training information sessions, and meetings when necessary.

The ISSO is responsible for reviewing international student satisfaction surveys and developing strategies to address needs revealed by those surveys as well as providing on-going support services.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is responsible for administering all federal, state, institutional and private sources of financial assistance. This includes:

  • Counseling current and prospective students on the availability and terms of aid programs and assisting them in calculating their yearly out of pocket expense
  • Determining eligibility for need-based programs based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Applying scholarships awarded by CCS through the admissions process, competitions, sponsored projects in the classroom, and from third party donors
  • Processing student loan funds available through government and private sources and providing counseling regarding the rights and responsibilities of borrowers
  • Recalculating aid amounts based on changes to enrollment level, such as half-time or less than half-time enrollment
  • Coordinating the work-study/student employee program

Faculty are encouraged to direct students to the Financial Aid Office when they express financial concerns, or to contact the office directly if they feel the situation is of special concern that may recommend the student for additional assistance.

Some specific circumstances for which students should be directed to the Financial Aid Office are:

  • If they are considering dropping classes or doing a complete withdrawal
  • They will be enrolled less than half-time
  • They are experiencing financial difficulties and/or there has been a change in the family’s financial circumstances
  • They need advice on applying for loans to supplement their financial aid package

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is dedicated to exposing students and alumni to professional development and networking opportunities, as well as resources that will aid them in identifying and obtaining their personal career goals.

The Office provides information on employment and careers in art and design, workshops and seminars that assist students in their job search, individual career counseling and internship coordination. Additionally, Career Services manages an online job book that allows employers to post internships, freelance and contract positions, as well as full-time opportunities.

Career Services hosts a number of events throughout the academic year that bring companies and industry experts to campus to review student work, discuss professional opportunities and conduct on-campus interviews.


The Admissions Office is responsible for recruiting new students through various activities such as high school visits, campus visits, campus events, college fairs, National Portfolio Days, international recruitment fairs, direct mail, email, and telephone campaigns. In addition to the full-time staff, a team of Admissions Student Ambassadors assists with tele-counseling, campus tours, and various Admissions events.

Department chairs and faculty play an important role in the student recruitment process. Chairs and faculty may be asked to participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to: National Portfolio days, information sessions, high school visits, college fairs, portfolio reviews and the placement of transfer credit, and phone calls to inquirers, applicants and accepted students on a case by case basis.

In addition to the activities above, Chairs may be asked to participate in annual features and benefits meetings, art educators breakfasts, workshops for prospective students, and other events.

Multicultural Affairs

The Director of Multicultural Affairs serves as a student advocate and mentor to the entire cultural spectrum of students. The director, who also serves as the Black Artists Researching Trends (B.A.R.T.) organization advisor, is responsible for arranging workshops and lectures on cultural diversity, and assists the College in its efforts to create a more diverse campus community.

Residence Life

CCS offers students the option to live on campus in the Taubman Center and on the Ford Campus in the Art Centre Building. Approximately 480 students live on campus each year in the two buildings. The Director of Residence Life and the Residence Life Coordinator oversee the operation and management of the residence life program and 18 student staff members work as Resident Assistants in the buildings. The Residence Life staff works to maintain a safe and welcoming environment in the residence halls. Staff are trained in educational programming, crisis response, conflict mediation, and similar skills to enable them to help students make the most out of their learning environment. Students must abide by both the CCS Code of Conduct as well as the CCS Housing Policies and Regulations in addition to being full-time students to live on campus.