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Graphic Design GRDE

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science

College(s): Business

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
GRDE 109 Drawing for Media Applications 3
GRDE 110 Design 1 3
GRDE 114 Design Survey 3
GRDE 116 Computers in Visual Media 3
GRDE 120 Design 2 3
GRDE 126 Digital Illustration - Layout 3
GRDE 210 Typography 3
GRDE 216 Digital Imaging 3
GRDE 226 Prin of Interactive Design 3
GRDE 228 Interactive Media Development 3
GRDE 299 Typographics 3
MKTG 231 Professional Selling 3
Communication Competence
* COMM 121 or
COMM 105
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
Scientific Understanding
* Lab Science Elective 4
Quantitative Skills
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra 3
* (If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective)
Cultural Enrichment
* Art History Electives 6
Social Awareness
* Social Awareness Elective - ECON 221 recommended 3
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: 61

Why Choose an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design?

Graphic Design at Ferris State University allows you to work toward an associate degree without any prior experience in design. A portfolio of previous work is not required for acceptance into the program. You'll spend two years developing a strong fundamental knowledge of design principles, typography, drawing, and computer applications. This foundation helps you determine whether Graphic Design is the right career choice for you. You will also have exposure and practice in verbal and visual presentations and will develop the professional skills needed to succeed.

The integration of business and marketing courses provides a broader range of skills applicable in today's job market. The AAS degree provides a design and technical background for a smooth transition into the Bachelor degree program in Graphic Design or other Bachelor degrees in related areas.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with the Graphic Design Associate degree will be qualified for design assistant and technical support positions in the field of Graphic Design.

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 or Reading (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.

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

Graduation Requirements

The Graphic Design program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major courses and overall.

Students wishing to apply for the bachelor's degree in Graphic Design must complete the associate degree with a minimum 2.7 GPA in the major courses and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. They must also successfully pass the sophomore portfolio review.

More Information

Graphic Design
119 South Street/BUS 302
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2442
Email: GRDE@ferris.edu

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