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

Digital Media (DGM2-AS), A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus


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Associate of Science

With the expansion of digital technology, there are ever increasing career opportunities in this exciting field. The Digital Media A.S. degree combines existing courses within the Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD), Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE), and Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) programs, into an introductory and exploratory degree. It allows students to complete their general education requirements, while enrolling in courses from across the digital media curriculum. Students will learn using state of the art digital equipment and software, that are implemented in industry today. By gaining practical experience, and a foundation to a variety of media, students will be better prepared to choose the path that serves their individual needs and goals..

Program Outcomes


  1. Industry Readiness - Students will manage their assigned projects, meeting various timelines and deadlines, towards the development of professional skills.
  2. Media Design - Graduates will demonstrate basic creative and technical competency of media design through the creation of graphical elements, illustrations, models, and still and motion visuals.
  3. Technical Skills - Graduates will demonstrate basic proficiency in the use of Adobe design software, computers, and DSLR camera operation.

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 Scores Two 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 Math0 to 49.

University Requirements - 36 to 37 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 - 36 Credits Required


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

Communication Competency - 9 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


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


  • Choose 1 of 5

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Any MATH Course Higher Than MATH 115 ; Consult Advisor for Exceptions
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 560 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 580 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 24 or Higher

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. FILM 222  and FILM 253  are recommended.

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.

College Requirements - 24 to 25 Credits Required


Major Courses - 21 Credits Required


These courses are used to calculate the major 2.50 GPA requirement.

Elective - 3 to 4 Credits Required


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.
  • This associate degree combines existing courses within the Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD), Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE), and Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) programs into an introductory and exploratory degree within the School of Digital Media. It allows students to complete their general education requirements while enrolling in courses from across the digital media curriculum. Upon completion of this two-year degree, students will be better positioned for success if they complete a bachelor’s degree in Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD), Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE), or Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) while exposing all students to a variety of media, better positioning them as they choose their specialty.
  • This associate degree is designed to provide students a smooth transition into any of the three bachelor’s degrees within the School of Digital Media, although completing this degree prior to entry the bachelor’s programs is not necessary.
  • 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 an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

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 2.25 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A 2.50 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required in the Major Courses section.

Suggested Semester Layout


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First Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Summer Courses (Optional)


Total Credits: 0-9

Second Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 15

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15-16

Contact Information


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

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