Ferris Course Catalog

Program home page
Download PDF
Locate a Course
Find a Degree
Learn about a Program
Follow a Career Path

Graphic Design GRDE

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Business

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
GRDE 310 Communication Design 1 3
GRDE 312 Production Techniques 3
GRDE 316 Interactive Design-Development 3
GRDE 320 Communication Design 2 3
GRDE 326 Production Seminar 3
GRDE 410 Visual Communication 1 3
GRDE 412 Design Application 1 3
GRDE 414 Design Seminar 3
GRDE 420 Visual Communication 2 3
GRDE 422 Design Application 2 3
GRDE 499 Portfolio Preparation 3
Choose one:
GRDE 328 Interactive Design Studio 3
GRDE 329 Interpretive Image Development 3
MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 301 Applied Management 3
PREL 240 Public Relations Principle 3
Communication Competence
ENGL 325 Advanced Business Writing 3
Scientific Understanding
* Lab Science Elective 3-4
Cultural Enrichment
* Elective - 200 level or above 3
Social Awareness 6
* (ECON 221 must be taken if not taken in A.A.S. degree)
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree (Includes A.A.S. in Graphic Design): 124

Why Choose Graphic Design?

Graphic designers apply creative and conceptual skills to inform, educate, and persuade audiences. They demonstrate proficiency with tools and technologies to create, reproduce, and distribute visual messages. Due to an increased demand for business communication through traditional and new media outlets, graphic design job growth continues to rise.

The Grapic Design program at Ferris:

  • Offers a broad-based design education to allow each student to develop in particular areas of interest such as print, package, environmental, experience, web, or interactive design

  • Integrates business and marketing courses within a comprehensive design curriculum providing its graduates with a broad range of skills applicable to today's market. While honing your graphic design skills across a variety of mediums, you'll learn how to utilize those skills to achieve the communication objectives of organizations of all types.

  • Provides an environment for you to work collaboratively with project team members and clients to organize and complete communication solutions. You'll work with "real world" clients, learning the importance of professionalism and integrity, and how creative, coordinated design can facilitate organizational objectives.

  • Develops your communication, presentation, and professional skills necessary for design business practice. You are held to real world standards of performance, including portfolio reviews used as a basis for entry in, and completion of, the program.

  • Career Opportunities

    Graduates of the Graphic Design Bachelor degree program enter the workplace as print and/or web designers. Some career options include Art Directors, Interaction Designers, User Experience Designers, User Interface Designers, Design Directors, Creative Directors, Freelance Designers, Corporate Designers, Production Assistants, and Production Managers. The program has consistently proven an excellent placement rate of its graduates in leading design firms, corporatoins, and agencies across the country.

    Admission Requirements

    The Graphic Design bachelor degree program ladders from the Graphic Design associate degree program or equivalency. 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.

    Graduation Requirements

    The Graphic Design program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.7 GPA in the major courses and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. A total of 124/125 credit hours must be completed (A.A.S. and B.S.) for graduation.

    More Information

    Graphic Design
    119 South Street/BUS 302
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
    Phone: 231-591-2426
    Email: GRDE@ferris.edu

    Ferris State University Catalog
    Ferris Course Catalog
    Learn about a Program Find a Degree Locate a Course
    FSU Home Catalog Home Admissions Search