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Print Media MS

Program overview

The MS program in print media offers an unparalleled opportunity to work at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Students learn how to develop solutions and deliver content through print, Web, mobile, and social media. With an overview of the fundamentals of the graphic communication industry, the program allows students to tailor their studies through electives and a concentration. Recent students have pursued concentrations in information technology, imaging science, typography, digital asset management, business, and marketing. Some of the program's graduates are employed in advertising, publishing, and corporate communications.


The program requires 36 semester credit hours of study and includes six core courses, four electives, and a thesis.


Electives are comprised of selected courses offered by the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences or other RIT colleges. All courses must be pre-approved by the graduate program chair.


All students are required to complete a research thesis that demonstrates original thinking and creativity in the search for new knowledge in the graphic communication industry. Students select projects that align with their research adviser’s area of research expertise. Graduate assistantships often are available to help fund research.

Print media, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PPRT-601 Materials and Processes in Printing 3
PPRT-602 Tone and Color Analysis 3
PPRT-603 Operations Management in Graphic Arts 3
PPRT-703 Cross Media Workflow 3
PPRT-704 Research Methods and Trends in Graphic Media 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Second Year
PPRT-790 Thesis 6
DECS-782 Statistical Analysis and Decision Making 3
  Graduate Electives 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Production supervisor, technical representative, sales or customer service representative, prepress department manager


Electronic publishing, multi-media, digital printing/publishing, research, managing various departments. Prepares students for careers in applied research and other technology-oriented leadership positions. Suppliers of machinery, equipment, and paper are especially interested in these graduates.

Recent Employers

Adobe Systems, Eastman Kodak Co., Gerber Scientific, Graphic Communications Association, International Paper, Moore Business Forms, RR Donnelley, Banta Integrated Media, Southern Graphic Systems, Harlequin Inc., Poughkeepsie Journal

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