The Digital Animation and Game Design curriculum at Ferris State University is among the 25 best public school and college programs in the U.S., according to Animation Career Review’s 2016 rankings.
Ferris is 16th nationally, as determined by the online information resource for those seeking careers in animation, design and gaming.
The DAGD program coordinator, David Baker, said that Ferris’ pursuit of excellence is in line with the marketplace’s desire for photorealistic images seen in corporate communications, educational materials and advertising visuals. Students are finding job opportunities in fields beyond creation of casual and console gaming products, as the demand for quality visual communication expands across all forms of media.
“While we address animation and game coding, employers are also looking for realistic lighting and texture in their images as we march toward virtual reality,” Baker said. “We are aiming to become leaders in VR by reinforcing the principles of visual appeal, game design and user experience.”
Baker said that the DAGD program’s emphasis on improved modeling and animation quality is a specific attempt to make their students more desirable to regional manufacturers, game companies and advertising agencies.
Ferris’ DAGD program was also ranked 16th nationally by the Princeton Review. Instruction in this Bachelor of Arts program is offered at the university’s Grand Rapids and Big Rapids campuses.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Digital Animation and Game Design program at Ferris State University has been ranked 16th nationally by the Animation Career Review website, when considering the top 25 public schools and colleges offering this training.