The Ferris Difference
You won't get lost in the scheduling, we have a plan.
A student run studio that produces real work for real clients: freshmindsthinkdesign.com
What do you need?
No portfolio required
No portfolio required, but of course you have to meet the minimum acceptance requirements.
…unless you have work to review
Did you attend design classes in high school? Show us your work, meet with us and we will fit you in the right starting place. Your high school Tech center may teach what you need to get credit for our DSGN100 course.
Of course you want the best, and fastest Mac on the market, but here are the minimum requirements we ask of you: 8GB RAM, 250GB HD External backup drive of 1TB If you're buying an older/used Mac, you may need to purchase adapters to plug into our monitors in the lab.
How we work
Our fearless Leaders
Ferris is a unique program because our educators not only still practice design thinking, but have worked at premier companies like Herman Miller, Peopledesign, and Steelcase. They're extremely dedicated, and want what's best for the students, as well as the program. They are your professors, your friends, and your mentors.
Alison came to us from People Design (formerly BBK Studio) where she designed brand identities, online experiences and brochures for companies like Herman Miller, Spartan Stores, and Ogilvy Mather/Ford Motor Company. Her work has earned her recognition (over 70 times!) by different industry publications. These big time books include Communication Arts, How Magazine, Graphis, Print Magazine, Step, and more. Alison teaches many different graphic design classes since she started at Ferris State in 2005. She developed the course content for all of the interactive design classes.
Jeff is busy as the Marketing Department Chair and Coordinator of the Graphic Design Program here at Ferris State. If you've got a question he's the guy to contact. He gets us set up with the labs, schedules, and a million other things. On top of all that he also used to be one of the Graphic Design Professors. Jeff has a Masters in Education and he has worked for the university for a number of years. Jeff is a nice guy. You’ll meet him first.
While many Ferris State faculty have roots digging into the college, Mike Hu’s aren’t even close to Michigan. Or the United States. Mike was born and raised in China before coming to the States a few years ago. He then went to the Savannah College of Art and Design to get his design degree. Mike is new to the Ferris State faculty since 2007 and teaches classes like Communication Design and Computer Graphics, teaching the stuff he learned in college and in his ten years in the field.
Nic Mata has a unique blend of design savvy and some super serious web development skill. He keeps students learning all things digital at the highest standard. When he’s not sharing his lessons on IA, UX, HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, MySQL and other nerdery, he designs and builds software for his clients at Workroom Design. Nic teaches students to experiment and not to fear anything technical and to appreciate the reward of a really good idea first and foremost.
Tim Powers previous jobs were being adjunct faculty at Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University. He is the owner of Powers Design, personal art practice. Tim has a Masters in Fine Arts- Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University/Cambridge, MA and a Bachelors in Fine Arts- Center for Creative Studies-Detroit, MI. As our AIGA student group advisor, he makes sure we are busy getting exposure and having fun doing it.