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Pre-Digital Media

Degree Type: Associate in Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Pre-Digital Media?

With the advent of digital technology there is an ever increasing amount of exciting career opportunities available.  The Associate degree combines existing courses within the Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD), Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE), and Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) programs into an introductory and exploratory degree within the School of Digital media.  It allows students to complete their general education requirements while enrolling in courses from across the digital media curriculum.  A portfolio of previous work is not required for acceptance into the program.  Students will also have the opportunity to use state of the art digital equipment and software that are used by professional production facilities in the industry today.  By gaining practical experience and a foundation to a variety of media, students will be better prepared to choose the path that serves their individual needs and goals.

Career Opportunities

This degree can be used as the foundation for bachelor's degrees in DAGD, DMSE, and TDMP.  Graduates with the Digital Media associate degree will be qualified for design assistant and technical support positions in staging, professional conferences, and some sporting and entertainment venues.

Admission Requirements

New students:  2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: 

  • English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT writing score of 370 or higher
  • Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT math score of 460 or higher
  • Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT reading score of 430 or higher

Transfer students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (one a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA is based on completion of 12 credits or more.  

  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 - 100.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and high school algebra with a 2.0.

Exceptions for new and transfer students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 high school GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 overall gpa for transfer students) can be considered for conditional admission.  Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Education and Human Services Dean's Office.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Digital Media associate degree leads to an Associate in Science degree.  Graduation requires a 2.5 gpa in core requirements and a 2.25 gpa overall.  Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

College of Education and Human Services

School of Digital Media

1349 Cramer Circle

Bishop 303

Big Rapids, MI 49307-2748

Phone: 231-591-2712

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Required Courses

Intro to Video Communications
3
Digital Media Art & Technology
3
3D Modeling - Animation 1
3
Digital Imaging
3
Intr Game Design - Development
3
One of the following:
3
Intro to Computer Programming
3
or
Fund of Computer Info Systems
3
One of the following:
3
SENG Methodologies - Processes
3
or
Field Production
3
or
Script Writing
3
Electives: Directed (Select a minimum of 3 elective credits from this list)
Audio Production
3
Compositing Video
3
Script Writing
3
Streaming Media Production
3
2D Visualization - Storyboards
3
3D Modeling - Animation 2
3
Multimedia 1
3
Computer Programming 1
3
Intro to Java Programming
3
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4
Students must also take courses from a selection of General Education requirements.
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