2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Design

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

Program Requirements

Design, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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

 

The Design program (formerly Graphic Design) is focused on preparing our students for successful careers in the design field by instilling in them both the highest standards of academic excellence and design practice. We support our students in launching their careers by delivering a design industry savvy curriculum, where a practical application of theory is delivered by experienced design faculty within a collaborative, student-centered environment.

Why Choose Design? - Program Spotlight

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 Design?

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Design Bachelor degree program develop careers as Designers, Interaction Designers, User Experience (UX) Designers, User Interface (UI) Designers, Product Designers, Art Directors, Front-end Developers, Design Directors, Creative Directors,  Freelance Designers, Corporate Designers, and Production designers and managers. Ferris Design graduates are consistently in demand at leading design firms, corporations, and agencies in the country, including Herman Miller, Amazon, Square One Design, Carnevale Interactive, Gensler, Haworth, and Microsoft.

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, BS - 124 Credits

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