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Student Life

The Academy of Art is a community of artists. The social and cultural life of the students reflects their creativity and invention. Many student activities revolve around the student Forum Gallery, with weekly exhibitions and performances, and Slade’s, the student lounge. Commercial and non-profit galleries in the area provide opportunities to meet area artists and show student work. There is also a wealth of live music venues in Detroit, where students can enjoy some of the best music in the world, from blues to jazz, rock to techno.

Studio Council
The student government organization of the Academy, Studio Council is made up of two elected representatives from each of the departments and meets regularly with an administrative advisor. They provide a dialogue between students, departments, and administration. Studio Council also determines how funds will be distributed, hires the Forum Gallery directors, plans the Student Art Auction and student social events. These include parties for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Degree Show Opening, and the annual Raft Regatta, Wigs and Whiskey Lounge, and Prom.

An Architecture critique


Studio Space
Students enjoy the use of exceptional individual studios in addition to shared workrooms, equipment, storage, department kitchens and lounges. Studio spaces are assigned during orientation week and are open twenty-four hours a day, every day, during the academic year. Outside doors to studios and residences are locked, and students are provided with keys to their authorized areas.

Students in the Forum Gallery
Fiber Café performance at student Forum Gallery


Three dormitories adjacent to the studios provide housing for about 80 students. There is no campus housing to accommodate married students. Rooms are furnished with standard size twin beds, dressers, and desks; community bathrooms are located on each floor. Linens are not provided. Rooms are assigned on a single or double occupancy basis; singles are assigned on a seniority basis. First-year students should expect assignment to double occupancy accommodations. Each dormitory room is equipped with internet access (wired and wireless) and landline telephone capability. All dorms feature a shared lounge area with cable television and DVD player, and laundry facilities are available for use by dorm residents. No pets are allowed in dormitories or studios. Cooking is not permitted in dormitories, but all departments have kitchen facilities.

Students expecting to have off-campus housing will find that rent in the Cranbrook area is about average for the United States. Moderately priced apartments may be rented in nearby Birmingham, Keego Harbor, Berkley, Clawson, Pontiac, Ferndale, and Royal Oak. Students planning to live off campus are encouraged to make an early visit to the area to arrange housing.

Food Service
Although there is no food plan available, two all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style dining rooms are located on the Cranbrook Educational Community campus. Students may purchase breakfast, lunch and dinner during the academic year. Reflections Café, located on campus at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, offers coffee, snacks, and light meals for purchase. All academic departments have kitchen facilities for student use, and students may prepare their own meals and snacks in their department.

Athletics and Recreation.
Students walk, or cross-country ski in winter, on Cranbrook’s many trails in the wooded campus. A covered ice rink is on campus with open hours. The Williams Natatorium offers adult lap swimming and aquatic exercise classes, as do several local high schools. Sports activities such as soccer and baseball, organized among students, may be played on Academy grounds. Students may join the local YMCA at a reasonable cost, or take membership in exercise clubs located close to the campus.


Annual student Raft Regatta

The Academy is located in a suburban setting, and there is no public transportation available from Cranbrook to local communities. Students living off campus will need a vehicle. Parking for student vehicles is available on campus free of charge. Please note that there is no on-campus store, nor is there a shopping area within walking distance of campus. Students living on campus who do not have vehicles will need to arrange for their own transportation as needed, including using local taxi service, at their expense.

Health Services
While there are no health services available on campus, two major hospitals and numerous physicians, dentists and clinics are located a short drive from campus. The Academy contracts with an agency to provide counseling services for students (located off campus). In addition, the Academy provides information to all students about drug and alcohol abuse, and appropriate referrals are available for assistance with the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. The Assistant Registrar and Student Services Coordinator and the Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager are available to assist students in these areas.

Student Body Diversity
In 2012-2013, the student body was comprised of 60% females and 40% males. 23% of the student body was comprised of international students. Of the U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents enrolled, the breakdown of self-reported major racial or ethnic groups is as follows: Hispanic or Latino, 5.0%; Asian, 7.6%; Black or African American, 0.8%; Two or More Races, 3.4%; White, 83.2%.

Cranbrook is an exceptionally safe campus in the middle of the very affluent and safe suburb of Bloomfield Hills. The Cranbrook Public Safety department conducts foot and vehicular patrols of the campus twenty-four hours a day, and local police are only minutes away upon request. The Annual Safety & Security and Fire Safety Report is available to interested parties, including prospective students and employees, by contacting Public Safety (248- 645-3170) or Academy Administration (248-645-3300) and requesting a paper copy of the report. The report is also available for review in the Academy Administration Office.


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