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Print Media MS

Christine Heusner, Graduate Director
(585) 475-4627, cxhppr@rit.edu

Program overview

The MS program in print media offers students an opportunity to explore new areas of research in the graphic communications field. The program's faculty and curriculum focus on establishing quality and efficiencies pertaining to business, technology, and processes in graphic communications. Our faculty are experts in many different areas, including print, business, color management, web and IT, digital publishing, imaging, and typography. Students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working with faculty as graduate assistants either in the classroom or assisting with faculty research. Graduates are employed as industry leaders in advertising, publishing, business operations, communication processes, and product developments.

Plan of study

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

Electives

Students may focus their studies through elective courses. 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.

Thesis

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 work with expert faculty and focus on a particular topic of thesis research in areas including content management, publishing workflows, typography and layout, business trends, color management, and applications of printing.

Curriculum

Print media, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. 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
DECS-782 Statistical Analysis and Decision Making 3
  Free Electives 6
Second Year
PPRT-790 Thesis 6
PPRT-892 Continuation of Thesis 0
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in visual communication design, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university,
  • Havd a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation,
  • Submit a current resume,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),
  • Submit a personal statement,
  • Complete a graduate application.



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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

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.

Curriculum

The program requires 48 quarter credit hours of study, which includes five core courses, a concentration, and electives.

Concentrations and electives

Concentration courses are selected by the student to develop an additional expertise in a particular area of interest. The degree offers flexibility in terms of tailoring the program to meet individual needs. The electives and minor concentration courses 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.

Thesis

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 (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0106-782 Statistical Analysis Decision Making 4
2081-711 Tone and Color Analysis 4
2081-716 Materials and Processes in Print Media 4
2081-701 Research Methods and Trends in Graphic Media 4
2081-747 Cross Media Workflow 4
  Elective 4
  Minor Concentration 1, 2, 3 12
  Graduate Research Assistantship  
Second Year
2081-890 Thesis 8
  Concentration 4
  Full-Time Equivalency  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48