DAGD Digital Animation & Game DesignApplication Information

Applying to DAGD is free. Of course, you will need a few things.

  1. Transcripts from High School. You will need at least a 2.5 GPA to apply as a freshman. Have your high school transfer your grades over to our registrar. If you do not have a 2.5, complete a year at a community college with at least a 2.5 and apply.
  2. Your ACT scores of 19 or above. The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination. 55% of students that retake the ACT get a higher score.
  3. Your Portfolio

Once you have this information, you can work your way through the application process.

Portfolio Submission

The DAGD program requires a portfolio. Students looking to enter the program are not expected to be experts.

The purpose of this portfolio is to demonstrate skills and passion in the areas relevant to DAGD. It should be 10 to 20 samples of work on a CD or DVD-R disk or standard letter sized paper (8.5 x 11). Send copies – do NOT send originals as they will not be returned but will become part of your student file. We can accept a website that demonstrates your abilities too, but you will need to mail us a letter with the URL of the site. This will become part of your student file.

Please note that the Portfolio is mandatory. Your application will not be advanced if we don't have it. Don't let this scare you. As said before, we don't expect you to be experts.

Recommended Content

Samples can be in a variety of formats and cover a wide range of skills and topics. Please note that while we are technically savvy, its best to keep your files to standard file formats ( such as jpg, swf, avi, mov, etc.). Please put your name on the CD or DVD-R

Portfolios may include, but not limited to:

  • Traditional Art samples such as drawing, painting, lifedrawing
  • Digital Images and Photography
  • Videos
  • Animation
  • Storyboards and Comic Books
  • Writing Samples
  • Programming samples and mods
  • Audio Samples and music
  • Web sites
  • Resume
  • Evidence of activities such as Scouts, Robotics Institute, Odyssey of the Mind, etc.

It will be assumed that everything in your portfolio is original. Plagiarism and/or copyright infringement will result in a candidate being removed from consideration.

All portfolios including letters pointing to URLs should be sent to:

DAGD Portfolio Submission
Ferris State University – Grand Rapids
151 Fountain Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3263


Please call David Baker at 616-643-5722.