2024-2025 Catalog 
  
    Apr 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Design (DSN-BS), B.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus


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Bachelor of Science

Why Design? Curious about the creation of the logos you see, apps you use, brands you wear, and messages you receive? If so, this program might be for you. As a strategic business tool, design offers graduates career opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Designers are creative problem solvers who apply an iterative process using tools and technologies to address communication problems- creating user-centered experiences that inform, educate, and persuade. Careers Graduates of the Design Bachelor degree program develop careers as Graphic Designers, Interaction Designers, User Experience Designers, User Interface Designers, Product Designers, Art Directors, Front-end Developers, Creative Directors, and Production designers. Ferris Design graduates are in demand at leading companies including Herman Miller, Google, Amazon, Haworth, and Microsoft.

Program Outcomes


  1. Critical Thinking - Demonstrate creative problem solving through use of a design process and deliverables.
  2. Creative Concept - Develop creative user-centered communication solutions.
  3. Execution - Produce professional level industry-relevant media deliverables.
  4. Collaboration - Work Collaboratively with clients and design teams.
  5. Professionalism - Exhibit design professionalism.

Admission Requirements


New Student Admission Requirements


  • SAT Scores Two of the Three Criteria:
    1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
    2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109  or MATH 110  will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
    3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher.
  • ACT ScoresTwo of the Three Criteria:
    1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
    2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
    3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements


  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150  or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114  or MATH 115  or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.

University Requirements - 39 to 41 Credits Required


First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required


All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 39 to 40 Credits Required


Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 12 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 to 4 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


Natural Sciences Competency - 6 Credits Required


Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

Culture Competency - 9 Credits Required


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and have no more than 5 credits from Cultural Competency Activities.

  • Art History (ARTH) Elective Course Credit Hours: 3

Self and Society Competency - 9 Credits Required


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course.

United States (U.S.) Diversity Competency - 1 Course Required


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the United States (U.S.) Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Global Diversity Competency - 1 Course Required


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the Global Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Collaboration Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Collaboration attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

Problem Solving Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Problem Solving attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

College Requirements - 81 Credits Required


Major Courses - 57 Credits Required


Related Courses - 12 Credits Required


Certificate or Electives - 12 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


A minimum of 12 credits is required. Choose one of the following:
1. An advisor approved certificate; see the Certificate section.
2. Advisor approved College of Business electives with at least three courses being 200 level or higher; see the Electives section.

Certificate - 12 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


Electives - 12 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Directed Elective - 200 Level or Higher Credit Hours: 3
  • Directed Elective - 200 Level or Higher Credit Hours: 3
  • Directed Elective - 200 Level or Higher Credit Hours: 3

Notes


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Students may substitute a faculty approved study aboard experience for DSGN 291  and DSGN 391 .
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements


These are the minimum graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 120 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 40 credits of 300 level or higher courses must be earned.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements


These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.
  • A 2.70 or higher cumulative GPA is required in Design (DSGN) courses.

Suggested Semester Layout


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First Year


Total Credits: 12-14

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Second Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15

Third Year


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 18

Summer Courses


Total Credits: 1

Fourth Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15

Contact Information


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