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Software Engineering

Software Engineering

Break New Ground

The world runs on code. In our Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE) program, you will learn how to use that code to solve complex problems, develop groundbreaking software applications, and prepare for a rewarding career in any industry. 

Dive-in from day one at Ferris. Explore the projects that interest you and build a foundation that moves you forward, from programming languages to game-changing emerging tools. Experiment with machine learning and augmented reality. Design a new streaming service from the ground up. Create a killer mobile app. Discover your passion and pursue it.

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Program Details

Program Spotlight

Online and Near You

Our Digital Media Software Engineering program is available fully online and at our Grand Rapids location.

Work on your classes when and where it works for you with the flexibility and convenience of online classes. The online option isn't just traditional classes with an internet spin. It is web-native, built specifically for the online learning environment by our industry expert faculty and course designers.

This program is also available at our Grand Rapids location. With a local crew of staff and faculty, and access to all our main campus has to offer, you will have the support and resources you need each step of the way. Take advantage of our unique partnership with Grand Rapids Community College which allows you to complete your Ferris degree quickly and affordably.

Career Opportunities

The DMSE program offers students the opportunity to actively compete in many growing industries such as:

  • Business Applications
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Systems Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Automotive Application Engineer
  • Video Game Development
  • Medical Applications
  • Simulation Software
  • Web Application Development
  • Educational Application Developer
  • Software Product Design
  • Systems Analyst
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Security
  • Aerospace

Student Projects

Software Engineering students create professional-caliber projects with a wide variety of applications.

Explore some of their work and think about what you could accomplish as a Ferris student.

  •  Third-Person VR via Drone
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    Student: Brian Buchan

    Description: Brian developed a technology that uses a drone mounted camera to create a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective in virtual reality. This allows a user to see themselves doing a task within a virtual environment. The potential applications for this project include gaming, education and training, among many others.

    Tools Used: C#, Unity, Android Studio, Oculus Quest

  •  CloudMach

    CloudMach - Java, Python, TensorFlow

    Students: Eric Leyder, Austin Deyoung

    Description: CloudMach utilizes cutting-edge machine learning technology from Google TensorFlow to predict the future demands of cloud computing applications.

    Tools Used: Java, Python, TensorFlow, Cloud Simulators

  •  AutoSim

    AutoSim - Microsoft Azure, C#

    Students: Matthew Klawitter, Brian Buchan, Chris Wilson

    Description: A game-based web simulator that car dealerships can use for teaching automotive concepts and training staff.

    Tools Used: C#, Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio 2019

  •  Internet Music Database


    Internet Music Database


    Student: Christoper Huizenga

    Description: You've probably used IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, to lookup which actor played the villain in your favorite film or TV show. But what if you wanted to know who contributed backing vocals to your new favorite song? That's where Christopher's project, The Internet Music Database, comes in. Christopher is using Node and React to create a crowdsourced web platform that collects all the details about musicians and their work in one place.

    Tools Used: Node.JS, React.JS