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Graphic Media Management

Graphic Media Management

Hit the Ground Running

Build the skills you need to hit the ground running in print media production, one of the world's largest industries. You will learn to make, sell, and distribute printed items such as product packaging, brochures and catalogs, and T-shirts and textiles.

As a Graphic Media Management student, you will have access to one of the most advanced printing labs in the United States. Learn completely automated production, from sales to distribution, making T-shirts, stickers, business cards, and more, while collaborating closely with other programs in the College of Business.

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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.
  •  Faculty and Staff

    Melinda Arnson

    Adjunct Instructor

    Patrik Klareki

    Professor

    John Conati

    Professor

    Jeff Ek

    Associate Professor
    Marketing Department Chair

    Patty Rettinger

    Marketing Department Secretary

  •  Degrees
  •  Key Courses
    • Color Management
    • Digital Imaging and Variable Data Printing
    • Digital Workflow Engineering & Automation
    • Media Process Management
    • Production Planning

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Career Opportunities

Career options are many, with graduates starting out in project management, sales, and service for the printing industry and its suppliers, like FujiFilm and Xerox. Other graduates have become digital workflow operators, cost estimators, and job planners.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 54.3% of the printing industry workforce is over age 45; many retirements result in graphic media management openings for graduates. Six to eight companies make recruiting visits to Ferris each year; making three to four opportunities for each graduate.

Scholarships

Below are scholarships available to students enrolled in the Graphic Communications or Graphic Media Management Programs at Ferris State University.

  •  Thomas Bingman/Graphic Communications Alliance of West Michigan Scholarship Endowment

    Award amount varies annually.

    • Full-time junior or senior majoring in the Graphic Media Management program
    • Minimum GPA of 2.50
    • Financial need is not considered
    • Preference given to West Michigan geographic area
    • Need one letter of reference from a Ferris Graphic Media Management program faculty with application
    • Must submit completed application

  •  James H. Bolthouse Leadership Achievement Endowed Scholarship

    Award amount varies annually.

    • Full-time sophomore or junior enrolled in the Graphic Communications or Graphic Media Management program
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Financial need is considered as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
    • Demonstrated leadership and participation in campus and/or community organizations
    • Must submit completed application 
  •  Harley Halsted Scholarship

    Award amount varies annually.

    • Full-time student enrolled in either the Graphic Communications or Graphic Media Management Department.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.00
    • Financial need is considered as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
    • Must submit completed application
  •  Thomas Scott Reuther Endowed Scholarship

    Award amount varies annually.

    • Full-time junior or senior in the Graphic Media Management program
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Financial need may be considered as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
    • Minimum of one recommendation from faculty
    • Written essay in response to the prompt "Why did you choose graphic arts as a career and what are your plans after graduation?"
    • Demonstrated motivation and leadership within the program, campus and/or community
    • Must submit completed application
  •  Scott and Staci Sanders Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarship amount varies annually.

    • Full-time student majoring in the Graphic Communications or Graphic Media Management program
    • Minimum GPA of 2.25 at the time of application
    • Financial need is considered as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
    • Preference shall be given to student(s) who demonstrate motivation to succeed in the classroom and in their career path; and are members of Gamma Epsilon Tau or the Graphic Arts Association.
    • Must be permanent resident of the State of Michigan
    • Must submit completed application
  •  Stechschulte Printing and Imaging Technology Management Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarship amount varies annually.

    • Full-time undergraduate student majoring in the Graphic Communications or Graphic Media Management program
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
    • Financial need is not considered
    • Must submit completed application
  •  Melissa DiVietri Annual Scholarship

    $500
    The Melissa DiVietri Annual Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in the Graphic Media/Graphic Design program in the College of Business.

    • Financial need is not a criterion.
    • Applicants must complete a one-page essay describing why a career in printing or graphic design is important in today’s world.
    • Recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of the faculty of the Graphic Media and Graphic Design programs.
  •  William Papo and Julie Stewart Printing Management Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarship amount varies annually.

    • The scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time junior majoring in Printing Management.
    • The recipient shall have a minimum 2.7 GPA, not to exceed 3.2 GPA, at the time of application.
    • Financial need is not a criterion.
    • Preference shall be given to those applicants who are involved in extracurricular activites and/or organizations on campus.

     

  •  Outside Printing Scholarships

    Outside scholarships are not managed by Ferris State University. However, it is our intent to make students aware of additional funding opportunities. If you have questions regarding a scholarship listed below, please contact their administrator directly.

Accreditation

This program has accreditation through Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) and The Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC).

ACCGC Accredited by the Association for Collegiate Graphic Communciations

Explore admission and graduation requirements for all of our degree programs in the official Ferris Catalog.