Policies and Statements

In accordance with various federal laws and statutes, a number of consumer disclosures are required for prospective applicants and employees, as well as for current students and employees.

Mission Statement

Cranbrook Academy of Art is an independent, graduate degree-granting institution offering an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture, and design to creatively influence contemporary culture.

  • Statement of Non-Discrimination

    Cranbrook Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies may be addressed to: Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 39221 Woodward Avenue, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801.

    Accreditation and State Approval

    Cranbrook Academy of Art is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The Academy’s MFA programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; the Architecture program is not professionally accredited. Any person may review documents describing the Academy’s accreditation by contacting Judy Dyki, Director of Library and Academic Programs (248-645-3364), or Leslie Tobakos, Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager (248-645-3360). Documents are maintained in the Academy Office.

    The Academy is approved as an educational corporation by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to provide higher education degree programs.  Any person may review documents describing the Academy’s state approval by contacting Phillip Hang Manager of Enrollment and Financial Services (248-645-3360).

    Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Compliance

    Cranbrook Academy of Art will seek to assist students with disabilities to the extent possible, given building, staffing, and monetary restrictions and will comply with federal and state law as required. Students with disabilities may contact Vanessa Mazei, Student Services Manager, Admissions Coordinator + Assistant Registrar, to discuss their individual needs (248-645-3306). Prospective and current employees may contact the Cranbrook Educational Community Human Resources Department (248-645-3161) with questions and concerns relating to ADA issues; CEC complies with federal and state law as required.

    Veterans Benefits Compliance

    Cranbrook Academy of Art is authorized to receive veterans educational benefits. Veterans educational benefits are coordinated by Phillip Hang Manager of Enrollment and Financial Services (248-645-3360); please contact Phillip for assistance with and questions about using veterans educational benefits at the Academy. The Academy does not maintain a formal office of veteran’s services.

    Click on the Veterans Information Bulletin for Academy information of particular interest to students receiving VA benefits.  Note that students receiving VA benefits must, by law, be evaluated for transfer credit.

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) Information

    FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include the right to: (a) inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the Academy receives a request for access; (b) request an amendment of any educational records the student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy rights under FERPA; (c) provide written consent before the Academy discloses personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and (d) file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning (over) alleged failures by the Academy to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Academy’s written policy in relation to FERPA may be found here: Notification of Rights Under FERPA. The Academy will provide a paper copy upon request; contact the Manager of Enrollment and Financial Services (248-645-3360).

    Complaint Procedures

    Cranbrook Academy of Art encourages students and prospective students with complaints relating to institutional policies and consumer protection issues to first address their concerns with personnel in the office or department that caused the alleged grievance or to contact Phillip Hang Manager of Enrollment and Financial Services (248-645-3360). Senior administrators may be involved as needed to address the complaint.

    Pursuant to the state authorization provision of the Program Integrity Regulations (34 C.F.R. 668.43) established by the Department of Education on October 29, 2010, the following contact information is provided for filing complaints that remain unresolved after engaging in the above-referenced process:

    • If you have concerns regarding the quality of instruction provided at the Academy or the Academy’s ongoing ability to meet its accreditation requirements, you may contact the University’s accreditor, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), using the process described at https://www.hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html. Mail the complaint letter and its attachments to the Commission’s office at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411.
    • Complaints concerning consumer protection violations may be directed to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, through the process described at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Post-Secondary_Student_Complaints_498839_7.pdf. Mail complaints to: State Of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau/Administrative Services Section-Complaint Intake/P.O. Box 30018/Lansing, MI 48909.

    Financial Assistance Available to Enrolled Students

    Cranbrook Academy of Art offers federal aid and institutional need-based aid to those who qualify; eligibility for federal financial aid is required. Assistance is available in the form of institutional grants, federal student loans, and Federal Work Study. Not all students will qualify for all forms of assistance. Students seeking federal aid and institutional need-based aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a timely manner, comply with all requests for information, and maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Need-Based Aid is awarded based on the results of the FAFSA, taking into consideration each student’s financial need, total available aid, and the cost of attendance.  Non-Need-Based Aid is available to all enrolled students in the form of competitive scholarships. Further information regarding financial assistance is available from Phillip Hang Manager of Enrollment and Financial Services (phang@cranbrook.edu, 248-645-3360).

    Financial Aid Code of Conduct

    Cranbrook Academy of Art is committed to the highest ethical standards in connection with its responsibilities regarding federal financial aid. All employees who have responsibilities with respect to educational loans or other financial aid at the Academy adhere to a Financial Aid Code of Conduct in the administration of federal financial aid.

    Financial Aid Ombudsman

    The Department of Education has established the FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group.  We are required to inform you of the availability of this group and to provide contact information.  Borrowers may contact the Ombudsman as follows:
    Online: http://www.nslp.org/borrowers/ombudsman/
    Telephone: 877-557-2575
    Fax: 606-396-4821
    Mail:  FSA Ombudsman Group
    P.O. Box 1843
    Monticello, KY  42633

    General Information about the Institution

    Academic Programs
    Cranbrook Academy of Art offers the Master of Fine Arts degree and the Master of Architecture degree, with an Artist in Residence heading each of the 11 departments. Specific information regarding the academic requirements and course descriptions may be found here.  The Academy’s academic facilities include studio buildings, a library, a central media lab, a woodshop, and fabrication facility, and the Cranbrook Art Museum. The Cranbrook Academy of Art website contains detailed information about the Academy’s programs, faculty, and facilities.

    Cranbrook Academy of Art is a graduate school offering Master of Architecture and Master of Fine Arts degrees only. We do not offer bachelor degrees, associate degrees, or continuing education programs.

  •  School Costs
    2020-2021 tuition is $$39,240 for incoming students; fees total $1,660.  Returning 2nd year student 2020-2021 tuition is $38,000; fees total $1,606.  Tuition and fee details are available here.  All international students are required to have health insurance and are assessed a fee ($1,422 for 2018-2019).  Domestic students are eligible to opt-in to purchase health insurance through Cranbrook. Withdrawal Procedures, Refunds, and Return of Aid

  • The Academy has set forth formal withdrawal procedures and a refund schedule. These are available in the Student Handbook and here. In accordance with federal regulations, the Academy performs a Return of Title IV Funds calculation for students who withdraw from the Academy during the course of a semester. This calculation is separate from the institution’s refund policy and may result in aid being returned with a balance being owed to the Academy.Transfer Credit Policy
    Cranbrook Academy of Art does not accept transfer credit from any other institution. All students are required to complete their entire program of studies at the Academy. Note: Veteran-students should consult the Veterans Information Bulletin for information specific to their situation.Non-Profit Status
    Cranbrook Academy of Art is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community.   The Cranbrook Educational Community is a non-profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and is exempted from federal income taxes on related income pursuant to Section 501(a) of the Code.

    Retention and Graduation Rates

    The average retention rate and average graduation rate are data points that may assist prospective students in evaluating student achievement. The retention rate is the percentage of students who begin in a given year and return in subsequent semesters.  For student cohorts beginning school Fall 2009 through Fall 2018, Cranbrook’s retention rate after one year is 96.59%; after two (student cohorts beginning Fall 2009 – Fall 2017), 95.97%. The graduation rate indicates the percentage of students who began the program who ultimately receive their degree; the averages cited here for student cohorts beginning school Fall 2009 through Fall 2016: Cranbrook Academy of Art’s graduation rate is 96.85% after three years; 95.53% completed their degree requirements in 2 years.

    Student Body Diversity

    2019-2020 student statistics: 60% females and 40% males. 29% of the student body includes 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, 3.1%; Asian, 7.2%; Black or African American, 6.2 %; Native Hawaii/Pacific Islander, 0.0%; White, 79.4%; 4.1% did not report ethnicity.

    Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report

    The Academy’s annual public safety report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning drug and alcohol use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, hate crimes, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, emergency response and evacuation procedures, annual fire safety report and fire log, missing student notification, timely emergency notifications, and other matters. This report may be viewed here: 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. If desired, a paper copy may be obtained upon request from Public Safety (248-645-3170).

    Title IX Disclosures

    It is the policy of Cranbrook Academy of Art to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), which states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all university programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, housing, and employment.

    In accordance with Title IX requirements, Cranbrook Academy of Art prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination is prohibited.

    This policy also addresses the requirements of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. The SaVE Act addresses sexual violence in the form of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. For the purpose of this policy and the Academy’s handling of such cases, “Title IX” includes the concerns of the Campus SaVE Act; therefore, the prohibition against sexual violence includes the forms of sexual violence addressed in the SaVE Act.

    Click here for our full Title IX Policy

    Title IX Coordinator: Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX, for a copy of Cranbrook’s policy and its implementing regulations should be directed to the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Title IX Liaison or Cranbrook Educational Community’s Title IX Coordinator:

    Art Academy Title IX Liaison
    Judy Dyki, Director of Library and Academic Resources
    Cranbrook Academy of Art
    39221 Woodward Avenue
    Art Academy Administration, 2nd Floor
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
    (248) 645-3090; jdyki@cranbrook.edu

    CEC Title IX Coordinator
    Beth Beadle, HR Manager
    Cranbrook Educational Community
    39221 Woodward Avenue
    Cranbrook House, 1st Floor
    Bloomfield Hills, MI  48304
    (248) 645-3165

    Students may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (800)421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov.

    Title IX Protections: Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence.

    Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness / Prevention

    Cranbrook Academy of Art is committed to providing a safe, healthy learning community for all its members. The Academy recognizes that the improper and excessive use of alcohol and other drugs may interfere with the Academy’s mission by negatively affecting the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Studies have shown that problems such as vandalism, assault, harassment, sexual misconduct, and disruption of sleep and study space increase in relation to misuse. It is due to the harm caused by excessive and illegal use that the Academy has a vested interest in establishing policies to prohibit unlawful behavior and sanctions to address policy violations by members of the Academy community.

    Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the Academy is required to have an alcohol and other drug policy and distribute this policy annually to all employees and students. This Policy must outline the Academy’s prevention, education and intervention efforts, and consequences that may be applied by both the Academy and external authorities for policy violations. The law also requires that individuals be notified of possible health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and sources of assistance for problems that may arise as a result of use.

    Information regarding alcohol and drug abuse awareness/prevention is provided annually to all students individually at registration; students sign a form to indicate that they will read this information. Information is also posted for enrolled students on the Intranet page of this website.  The Cranbrook Educational Community Human Resources department provides relevant information to employees at the time of hire, as well as on an annual basis.

    The Academy’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness / Prevention Policy may be found here:  Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness and Prevention.

    The Academy’s most recent biennial review of alcohol and other drug programs (for 2017 and 2018) may be found here:  Biennial Review 2017 and 2018.  This review covers the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019; it was completed in spring 2019.

    Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Violations

    The following notice provides information about the Title IV federal financial aid penalties associated with drug-related offenses under section 484(r) of the Higher Education Act. It also describes how to regain eligibility for such financial aid after conviction of a drug-related offense. As prescribed in Section 484(r), a student convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment when he or she was receiving any grant, loan, or work assistance under Title IV will be ineligible to receive such assistance for the following period of time:

        • For one year from the date of conviction for the first offense involving the possession of a controlled substance;
        • For two years from the date of conviction for the second offense involving the possession of a controlled substance;
        • Indefinitely from the date of conviction for the third offense involving the possession of a controlled substance;
        • For two years from the date of conviction for the first offense involving the sale of a controlled substance;
        • Indefinitely from the date of conviction for the second offense involving the sale of a controlled substance.

    A student whose eligibility has been suspended under the previous provision may resume eligibility before the end of the prescribed ineligibility period by one of the following means:

        • The student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria the Secretary of Education prescribes and includes two unannounced drug tests;
        • Or the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

    Penalties and Institutional Policies on Copyright Infringement

    Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities. Click here for a summary of penalties for violation of federal copyright laws, as well as details of the Academy’s policies with respect to peer-to-peer file sharing (including disciplinary actions taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the Academy’s information technology system): Technology Use Policies. For links to many legal music pages where you can locate MP3s and other forms of digital music that are provided for free or at a small charge:  http://www.whymusicmatters.com. For links to several online services where you can download and watch television shows and movies ranging from major feature films to independent short subjects: WheretoWatch.org. While the Academy cannot endorse any particular Internet music or movie service provider, you may find good information from the organizations above, as well as from this website: http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.