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Digital Animation and Game Design

Degree Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
College(s): Education and Human Services

Why Choose Digital Animation & Game Design?

The Digital Animation and Game Design program is focused on educating students in the latest tools and technology used to create digital and interactive content to offer a multitude of futures for its graduates, from 3D animation to simulation to game design. The required general education classes are targeted to future employees in digital technology as well as providing general knowledge and skills that will be useful in many aspects of life. The foundation classes provide depth of knowledge applicable to any digital technology field with classes in design, business, 3D animation, and programming. Students can further focus their studies by concentrating in areas of Game Development, 3D animation, or a general concentration that combines the strongest elements of digital media. Before graduating, all students will also complete an internship to give them the real-world experience and the people connections necessary to succeed in their chosen profession.

Career Opportunities

The DAGD program offers students the opportunity to actively compete in many growing industries such as:

  • Game Design and Asset Creation
  • Film
  • Television
  • Medical Visualization
  • Architectural Flythroughs
  • Legal Simulation
  • Web Development
  • Educational Software
  • Product Design
  • Independent Content Creation - Create your own!

Admission Requirements

Recent high school graduates need an ACT composite score of 19 and a high school grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale). Students transferring from another college should refer to www.ferris.edu and choose -Transfer Student from the "Quick Links" pull-down menu to review Ferris' policy regarding admissions criteria for transfer students. All courses transferred into Ferris must be "C" or higher including courses used in the DAGD required core and recommended electives.

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

The Digital Animation and Game Design program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 CUMULATIVE GPA in all courses and a 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA in REQUIRED DAGD classes. A total of 125 credit hours must be completed for graduation.

More Information

School of Digital Media
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle, Bishop Hall 303
Big Rapids, MI 49307
phone: 231-591-2712
fax: 231-591-2060
http://www.ferris.edu/dagd/

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Contracts and Sales
3
3D Modeling - Animation 1
3
2D Visualization - Storyboards
3
Story Devel for Film - Gaming
3
3D Visual Drawing - Sculpture
3
Digital Imaging
3
Intr Game Design - Development
3
Digital Imaging for 3D
3
3D Modeling - Animation 2
3
Multimedia 1
3
Interaction Design
3
Digital Media Productions
3
Junior Project
3
Applied Internship
3
Capstone
3
Intro to Computer Programming
3
Field Production
3
Additional electives including a 300+ advisor-approved elective
12

Application Domains

Choose one
General Application Domain
Level Design
3
3D Modeling - Animation 3
3
Advanced 3D - Character
3
or
Adv Mod-Anim-Vehicle-Structure
3
Applied Digital Simulation
3
or
Digital FX
3
Multimedia 2
3
Audio Production
3
3D Animation Application Domain
3D Modeling - Animation 3
3
Advanced 3D - Character
3
Digital Sculpting
3
Adv Mod-Anim-Vehicle-Structure
3
Digital FX
3
DAGD Advisor-Approved Elective
3
Game Development Application Domain
Game Programming 1
3
Level Design
3
Multiplayer Game Program
3
Game Programming 2
3
Applied Digital Simulation
3
Multimedia 2
3
Application Domain Total Hours: 18
A minimum of 40 general education hours required for B.A.S.  An approved list of courses that meet these requirements is available from the DAGD Program Coordinator/Advisor.
40
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