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Hands-On Visual Education

As a Ferris Graphic Design student, you will develop the creative and conceptual skills to inform, educate, and persuade audiences. You will work in a hands-on, collaborative environment with our highly experience faculty as you develop real-world projects for clients. With access to the latest software and technology, you will be ready to enter the professional world immediately.

As a part of our College of Business, Ferris Graphic Design students build a powerful core of business expertise, because today's designers need to excel in business as well as design. 

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Program Details

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    SAT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • 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 110 will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
      • 3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher. 
    ACT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • 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 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.
  •  Degrees
  •  Faculty and Staff

    Mike Hu

    Associate Professor

    Nic Mata

    Assistant Professor

    Alison Popp Meier

    Associate Professor

    Tim Powers

    Associate Professor

    Jeff Ek

    Associate Professor
    Marketing Department Chair

    Patty Rettinger

    Marketing Department Secretary

  •  Key Courses
    • Design Foundations
    • Type & Technology
    • Image & Technology
    • Type & Visual Interfaces
    • Visual Communication
    • Interactivity & Development
    • Principles of Experience Design
    • Producing Design Systems
    • Interaction Design Development
    • Branding Experience Design
    • Internship or International Experience
    • Design Project Center
    • Design Professionalism & Entrepreneurship
    • Portfolio Preparation
    • Explore More Design Courses

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Career Opportunities

You will build the foundation you need to become a print designer, web designer, interaction designer, user experience or interface designer, and advance into positions such as art director, creative director, and production manager. 

The program has a consistently excellent placement rate for graduates in leading design firms, corporations, and agencies across the country.

The demand for graphic designers continues to rise with the proliferation of traditional and new media outlets.