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Graphic Design

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Business

Why Choose Graphic Design?

Are you curious about the creation of the logos you see, apps you use, brands you wear, and messages you receive? If you are, this program might be for you. Due to increased recognition of design as a strategic business tool, the graphic design field offers graduates long-term career opportunities in a wide variety of industries.

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic designers are creative problem solvers who apply a disciplined process, and master tools and technologies, to develop solutions to both social and business problems. Designers harness strategic, conceptual, and technical skills to create user-centered experiences that inform, educate, and persuade.

The Graphic Design program at Ferris State University

Graphic Design is a unique program situated in the College of Business that offers a focused design education integrating business and marketing courses within a comprehensive design curriculum. The program provides its graduates with a range of skills applicable to today's dynamic innovation economy. Each student can develop in a particular area of interest such as brand design, experience design, interactive design and more. Students in the program progress over the course of four years from developing fundamental visual communication skills, and appreciation for user-centered design in a variety of media, to working collaboratively in teams to develop complete communication solutions for real clients. In addition to applied creativity, students in the program develop appreciation of the design process, professionalism, presentation, and project management skills that facilitate tangible organizational objectives for a broad range of clients. Graduating students present their portfolios to elite members of the design industry in a renowned annual Portfolio Review event.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Graphic Design Bachelor degree program develop careers as Designers, Art Directors, Interaction Designers, User Experience Designers, User Interface Designers, Front-end Developers, Design Directors, Creative Directors, Freelance Designers, Corporate Designers, Production Designers, and Production Managers. Ferris Graphic Design graduates are consistently in demand at leading design firms, corporations, and agencies in the country, including Herman Miller, Universal Mind, Amazon, IBM, Carnevale Interactive, Steelcase, and Microsoft.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher. New students who meet the criteria will be admitted into the Graphic Design Applied Associate Degree. Students must successfully pass a portfolio review after completion of sophomore level program courses to be accepted into the Graphic Design Bachelor’s Degree.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 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 HS Algebra with 2.0. Applicants must submit and pass a portfolio review to be admitted to the Graphic Design Bachelor Degree Program. Contact the Graphic Design Coordinator for portfolio review details.

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 and Reading and a 13 ACT in English (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.

Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

All candidates must complete the course requirements of the first two years with a minimum 2.7 GPA in the major courses and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. They must also successfully pass a portfolio review, after completing the sophomore year of study.

General Education Requirements

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

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

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requires a minimum 2.7 GPA in the major courses and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. 

More Information

Graphic Design
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2426
Email:

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Graphic Design - 124/125 Credits

Related Business Core Courses - 15 Credits
Contracts and Sales
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Choose One:
Professional Selling
3
or
Applied Management
3
Choose one:
Database Design-Implementation
3
or
Public Relations Principle
3
Choose One:
Web Application Development
3
or
Marketing Research
3
Major Requirements - 66 Credits
Design Foundations
3
Type and Technology
3
Image & Technology
3
Type & Visual Interfaces
3
Visual Communication
3
Interactivity & Development
3
Principles of Experience Desig
3
Producing Design Systems
3
Interaction Design Development
3
Branding Experience Design 1
6
Branding Experience Design
6
Internship or Intl Experience
3
Design Project Center 1
9
Design Professionalism & Entps
3
Design Project Center 2
9
Portfolio Preparation
3

University General Education

Communications Competence - 12 Credits
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
English 1
3
English 2
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Quantitative Skills - 7 Credits
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
Introduction to Statistics
3
Scientific Understanding - 7 Credits
Lab Science Elective
Scientific Understanding Elective
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
ARTH - Art History Elective
CE Elective/Foreign Language/Photography
CE Elective (200-level or above)
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
SA Elective - 3 Credits
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Intro Cultural Anthropology
3
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