Graphic designers in all kinds of organizations apply creative and conceptual skills to inform, educate, and persuade audiences. Graduates from this program have entered the workforce as print or web designers and become art directors, interaction designers, user experience or interface designers, creative directors, and production managers. The program has a consistently excellent placement rate for graduates in leading design firms, corporations, and agencies across the country. Demand for graphic designers continues to rise with the proliferation of traditional and new media outlets.
The Graphic Design program is very hands-on in a collaborative environment including both student colleagues and clients. Real-world projects and clients teach how creative, coordinated design can accomplish organizational objectives, as well as building experience in professional communications, presentation, and relationship management.
Students use current software to learn technology skills to design for print and screen. Studio tours and conferences provide a solid connection to the world of professional graphic design. And the program is business-based with a market-driven curriculum, because designers need to perform well in business as well as in design.
This program is excluded from ACBSP accreditation.
December 2, 2015The Graphic Design program at Ferris State University recently traveled to the 16th annual DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The conference was held by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), and is Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators. The purpose of the conference is… Read more »
September 28, 2015The final year of the Graphic Design program moves into the Design Project Center (DPC), which fosters a real work-life environment for design students. The DPC experience is both an internship and first-hand experience in the design field. Students work with actual clients… Read more »
July 2, 2015Graphic Media Management student Samantha Hillock will begin her final year at Ferris this fall. Hillock originally came to Ferris to study Graphic Design, which she has always been passionate about. Studying Graphic Design led her to her job at the… Read more »
May 11, 2015Ferris Graphic Design seniors presented their work to nearly 50 design professionals at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids on April 23. This event connects Ferris students with professionals for critical insight, feedback, and critique of their work. Each student can review with… Read more »
April 10, 2015Ferris Graphic Design seniors heard from Mike Carnevale, principal of Carnevale Interactive Design, on March 24, 2015. Just a few months before their graduation, the students were eager to hear about what employers are looking for from young designers. Carnevale… Read more »
April 9, 2015On March 18, juniors in Graphic Design traveled to Grand Rapids to tour Carnevale Interactive Design Studio and learn more about what it’s like to work in their future field. Aided by milk and cookies, they attentively listened to the… Read more »
March 10, 2015The College of Business recently recognized two outstanding professors with the Sytsma Award for Faculty Excellence. Designed to “promote, encourage, recognize and reward faculty performance, excellence, and improvement,” this award comes with a $500 grant made possible by a gift from… Read more »
February 10, 2015Ryan VanDyke, a 2007 graduate of the Graphic Design program, moved to Seattle in Sept. to begin a career as a UX Designer at Amazon.com. Ryan has completed design work for some of the largest companies in the world, including… Read more »
May 6, 2014Graphic Design seniors work tirelessly all year in preparation for their capstone portfolio review. This year, the evening was hosted at a new location, the Downtown Market of Grand Rapids, on April 24th. Thirteen seniors presented their senior projects to… Read more »
April 4, 2014Craig Cockerill has found success as a Ferris alumnus at Piazza, a virtual classroom for students and instructors to come together and enhance the learning experience. Cockerill graduated from the graphic design program in May 2012. He found his position… Read more »
April 1, 2014Sixty sixth grade students from Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School visited the College of Business for their first look at a college campus. This visit to Ferris was part of a long-term effort to inspire the students to pursue higher education after high school.… Read more »
February 25, 2014Senior Graphic Design students travelled to the University of Illinois to attend the annual SEEK Design Conference, now in its twelfth year. At the one-day event, students participated in hands-on workshops, spoke with Ferris alumni, and gained exposure to the… Read more »
November 25, 2013Graphic design isn’t only a career for Taylor Kasony; it’s her passion. Kasony graduated from Ferris’s graphic design program last spring. Today, she is a designer at AGP and Associates, Inc. in Midland. Her technical and conceptual skills as well as… Read more »
October 28, 2013On October 17, graphic design upperclassmen ventured 14 hours by bus to visit one of the largest hubs of design in the world: New York City. On this jam-packed three day trip, students had the chance to tour some well-known… Read more »
October 7, 2013This past spring, Ferris Graphic Design students Haley Hawes, Ashley Kasul, Brandon Knap, and Alex Papin took second place in the national Brand X Experience Design Student Competition. While winning the $2,000 prize was a bonus, the most important thing… Read more »
September 11, 2013Bethany Sonefeld Company: ESPN Location: Bristol, Connecticut Description: “This summer I worked as a Digital Media Intern within ESPN.com’s editorial design team. There were day to day responsibilities like creating graphics that help maintain ESPN.com’s website or updating their content… Read more »
May 1, 2013A team of Graphic Design program students competed in the Brand X Experience Design Students Competition, a national competition for undergraduate design students. Captain Ashley Kasul led the team, including Haley Hawes, Brandon Knap, and Alex Papin, all juniors in the Graphic… Read more »
February 25, 2013Ferris Graphic Design program participants enjoyed a successful night at the 2013 West Michigan ADDY Awards. The event was held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Thursday, February 21. The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most… Read more »
December 13, 2012Imagine graduating college and then finding a career where you have the opportunity to design something that will be used by thousands of people. Sarah Lockwood, a 2009 graduate of Ferris State University’s Graphic Design Program, works today for a… Read more »
December 7, 2012Graphic design students helped a vision become a reality for the new Small Town Studio program at Ferris State University. Small Town Studio is a program for senior architecture students, which involves working with real life clients and the ability… Read more »
FTIAC applicants must meet COB FTIAC admission criteria. New students who meet the criteria will be admitted into the Graphic Design Applied Associates 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 applicants must meet COB transfer admission criteria and will be referred to the program coordinator for portfolio review to determine acceptance and placement within the program
Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed below to be placed directly into a College of Business bachelor/associate degree program except Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security & Intelligence (ISIN), PGA Golf Management (PGA), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) which have specific admission requirements listed in Section 3. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Applicants must have a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and meet two of the three criteria below:
ACT/SAT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students age 23 or older. However, a placement test (specified by Ferris State University and/or COB) may be necessary.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria (or criteria for direct admission into a specific COB program listed in Section 3), but who have a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math AND Reading and a 13 ACT in ENGLISH can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT).
Students interested in PGA Golf Management (PGA) and meet all criteria except the required handicap score will be placed in Pre-Professional Golf Management (PPGM); all others can be considered for conditional admission in Pre-Marketing.
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA (specific programs may require a higher GPA; see Section 2); courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into the program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits (refer to Section 3 of this document for further information).
Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed below to be placed directly into a College of Business bachelor/associate degree program except for Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security & Intelligence (ISI), Music Industry Management (MIM), PGA Golf Management (PGA), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) which have specific admission requirements listed in Section 3. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
ACT score requirements shall not apply to international students and non-traditional students aged 23 or older. However, a placement test (specified by Ferris State University and/or COB) may be necessary.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria (or criteria for direct admission into a specific COB program listed in Section 3), but who meet FSU criteria for admission (2.00 GPA), can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT).
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA (specific programs may require a higher GPA; see Section 2); courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into the program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 FSU credits (refer to Section 3 of this document for further information).
COB students may transfer into another COB program with a 2.0 GPA unless they do not meet requirements that are program specific. A “Program Change Form” will be processed in the Dean’s Office (BUS 200).
New applicants (FTIAC) and transfer applicants interested in Computer Information Technology (CIT), Graphic Design (GRDE), Information Security and Intelligence (ISI), Professional Golf Management (PGM), and Professional Tennis Management (PTM) have specific admission criteria as follows:
Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate.
Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates through the non-degree program.
Admission/registration process for individuals seeking only a certificate:
Admission process for non-degree certificate students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree:
Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office (BUS 200) in care of the director of student academic affairs (231.591.2420).
SLG: April 9, 2013; Spring, 2014 (PHMT and eliminate PMIM); December, 2014(editorial); August 20, 2015 (criteria change: Section 1 preprogram requirements; PGA Golf Management name change)
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