Graphic Technologies

Majors/Minors: 

Graphic Technologies is the study of technology needed to produce the millions of imaged products that are used in all aspects of our lives. Examples of these products are magazines, books, newspapers and packaging, as well as electronic media such as web sites.

In addition to learning about technology, the Department of Industrial Technology’s Graphic Technologies program includes the study of management and supervision necessary to properly operate successful business enterprises. All printing and publishing processes and methods are presented through laboratory activities, discussion, observation and formal study.

The Graphic Technologies/graphic arts industry is one of the 10 largest industries in the United States. It is a “growth” industry that includes more than 50,000 individual commercial graphic arts facilities distributed throughout all 50 states. There are an additional large number of “in-plant” shops incorporated into business, service and manufacturing firms. More than one million people are employed in this growing and dynamic industry.

  

Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as a graphic technologies major in the Plan of Study.

Careers: 

Graduates of the Graphic Technologies program typically find employment in business or industry in career areas such as entry-level supervision, management, sales, estimating, customer service and publication design positions.

Unique Features: 
  • Accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT)

  • Several annual competitive scholarships

  • Program Advisory Board in addition to the Department of Industrial Technology Advisory Board

  • A Student Association of Graphic Arts (SAGA) club in addition to other department-wide professional organization chapters

  • Dedicated departmental student computer labs

  • Hands-on experiential learning opportunities on campus and on site in industry

  • Dedicated faculty who have strong professional relations with industry and potential employers of program graduates

Facilities: 
  • Housed in the Industrial Technology Center, featuring classrooms with state-of-the-art media facilities

  • Specialized laboratories with modern equipment and testing devices

  • Student computing laboratories for instructional and student use

Scholarships & Awards: 

Several full-tuition industrial technology scholarships are available to incoming freshmen on a competitive basis through the College of Natural Sciences Mathematics, Science and Technology Symposium. Other scholarships are available through endowments and industrial donations to students majoring in industrial technology.

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.