2024-2025 Catalog 
  
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD2-BAS), B.A.S.

Location(s): Grand Rapids, Ferris Main Campus


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Bachelor of Applied Science

The Digital Animation and Game Design program educates students in the latest tools and technology used to create digital and interactive content. Foundational courses provide a broad knowledge applicable to many digital technology fields with classes in Game Design, 3D Animation, Programming and Business. The recommended electives allow students to further expand in-depth knowledge in specific areas, such as Programming, 3D Animation and Digital Effects. Before graduating, all students will complete an internship that provides them with real-world experience and connections pointing them career success.

Program Outcomes


  1. Industry Readiness - Students will be able to plan and manage a project at a professional level.
  2. Design Process - Students will demonstrate the ability to apply a design process to solve open-ended problems, generate new ideas, and develop multiple potential solutions, along with challenging traditional approaches and solutions.
  3. Visual Communication Skills - Students will leverage reference material, utilize appropriate technology to create drawings, illustrations, models, and computer animations, to clearly convey information and interpret and utilize similar information created by others.
  4. Game Design Documentation - Students will be able to identify requirements, analyze needs, and craft a professional-grade game design document that effectively communicates the summary, mechanics, story, aesthetics, risks, and finances of a hypothetical or actual game.
  5. Game Development - Students will demonstrate the ability to craft engaging gameplay experiences by collaborating with others and by programming games.
  6. 3D Principles - Students will develop professional-grade projects that demonstrate the principles of 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, and animation.

Admission Requirements


New Student Admission Requirements


2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)

  • 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 Requirements (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)


The upper level English requirement can be met one of three ways. The first way is taking ENGL 311 , ENGL 321 , ENGL 323 , or ENGL 325 . The second way is taking two courses with the Communication Across the Curriculum (CATC) attribute and one course with the Oral Communication (COMM) attribute. The third way is by taking three courses with the Communication Across the Curriculum (CATC) attribute.

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 and have at least one 200 level or higher course.

Self and Society 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 at least one Self and Society Foundation 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


Concentration - 21 Credits Required


Choose one concentration.

3D Animation Concentration (AN3D) - 21 Credits Required


Game Development Concentration (GMDV) - 21 Credits Required


General Concentration (GDAG) - 21 Credits Required


Electives - 8 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)


The credits required may vary depending on courses taken.

In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits. The electives required for each student may vary depending on courses taken. Based on how a student meets the programmatic requirements, they may need more or less than 8 credits of elective courses to meet the required 120 credit minimum. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.50 GPA requirement.

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.
  • 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 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA is required in all Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) courses.
  • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all prerequisite courses.

Suggested Semester Layout


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First Year


Total Credits: 12-13

Total Credits: 15-16

Summer Courses


Total Credits: 0-9

Second Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15

Summer Courses


Total Credits: 0-10

Third Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15

Summer Courses


Total Credits: 3

Fourth Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 16

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 12

Contact Information


School of Digital Media
(231) 591-2712
[email protected]

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