Welcome to the real world

classes: fourth year

In your final year of the Graphic Design program, you take big portions on your plate. You do individual projects while working on teams to accomplish real projects for real clients, like the logo for the largest 25k race in the United States. You also have to finish up that portfolio to show to prospective employers as well as finish up all the other classes you have to have before you can throw on the cap and gown and grab your diploma.

It’s a big year and everyone will tell you that it’s stressful. We promise it’ll be worth it in the end when you can show everyone that you have a graphic design degree from Ferris State.

Visual Communication 1
This course will help you to develop professionally through time management and multiple assignments in both print and web media. There will be a specific focus on direct and effective communications, consistency, comprehensive problem solving, and the ability to present concepts clearly and in-depth.
Design Application 1
The structure of the class will simulate a professional studio environment involving client contact, design, project management, and production. Projects will include research, identification and assessment of client need, and the presentation of design proposals for print and web applications.
Design Seminar
You will continue your research and study in communication design for print and digital media through case studies, guest lecturers, and site visitations.
Visual Communication 2
Continue your research and discussion of the development, interpretation and implementation of information, evaluation processes, theories of communication, and design methods for both print and web media. Expect some increased focus on multi-assignment project management, communication planning, and presentation skills.
Design Application 2
Here you can continue and add to projects from Design Application 1. The structure of the classroom will continue to simulate a professional studio environment involving client contact, design, project management, and production. Projects continue in research, identification and assessment of client need, and the presentation of design proposals for print and web applications.
Portfolio Preparation
This course will focus on assembling your completed communication projects for both your print and digital portfolios. Design and write your resumes, gain experience in portfolio presentation, and develop interview skills.