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School of Digital Media in the CVL

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Print School of Digital Media Fact Sheet

The School of Digital Media at Ferris State University seeks to develop both the creative spirit and the technical know-how to deliver stories effectively. Known for small class sizes, internships with industry leaders, a proven track record of success, and faculty who bring the perfect blend of education and industry experience, the school utilizes project-oriented course work to help students learn their craft. Its three programs are unique, state-of-the-art, and forward thinking. 

Digital Animation & Game Design

The Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) program is focused on educating students in the latest tools and technology used to create digital and interactive content to offer a multitude of futures for its graduates, from 3D animation to simulation to game design. 

Digital Media Software Engineering

The Digital Media Software Engineering (DMSE) program teaches software development from design to delivery. It cultivates understanding of software engineering as a process and best practices that will prepare students for careers in informatics, business, health care, automotive, robotics, smart devices, and entertainment. 

Television and Digital Media Production

Targeting the process and production of media and films from the big screen to internet streaming, the Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) program features award- winning faculty with over 100 years of experience working in professional television and digital media production settings, who are well respected around the nation for preparing students for a myriad of related careers. 

School of Digital Media in the Center for Virtual Learning

The third floor of the new Center for Virtual Learning will offer School of Digital Media students five new labs, five video editing rooms, two sound booths, a green screen studio, and two classrooms. These spaces will be purpose-built, rather than retrofitted, and are designed to offer students practical experience that best mirrors the real environments in which they will ultimately work. 

The third floor will add Advanced Motion Capture and Virtual Reality capabilities and equipment to better attract and retain students best suited to the industry. It will improve accessibility for all SDM students facing differing circumstances both through physical accommodations and by remaining accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a key card entry system. Closer proximity of offices to learning spaces will amplify opportunities to collaborate and learn from the School’s top-notch faculty. 

Serving some of the most in-demand and growing programs across the University, the improved space and digital capabilities of the Center for Virtual Learning will also eliminate physical constraints to School of Digital Media enrollment growth for many years to come. 

Floor plan showing the School of Digital Media in the CVL

Fast Facts

  • School of Digital Media alumni work in business, industry and virtual design studios, television stations, education institutions, and firms specializing in virtual, electronic, and video representation.
  • Overall, School of Digital Media graduates have starting salaries in Michigan from the mid-$40,000s to mid-$60,000s depending upon the field.
  • The Digital Animation and Game Design degree is ranked among the top 20 programs in the country by the Princeton Review, and prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, animation and gaming.
  • The Digital Media and Software Engineering program prepares students to use code to solve complex problems and to develop groundbreaking software applications. Software Engineers are some of the most in-demand professionals in the world. The national median salary for a Software Developer is more than $100,000 per year, and the profession is expected to grow 21% over the next 10 years.
  • Television and Digital Media Production students are engaged in applied, hands-on learning experiences and projects that tell many aspects of Ferris State’s story. Graduates are contributors to storytelling pursuits around the world, with an over 45- year track record of success. 

Ready to Learn More?

To learn more about how you or your organization can participate in this signature building that will support our students and faculty engaged in high-demand career fields, contact The Ferris Foundation.

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