Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology

Overview

The graphic media science and technology department prepares students to excel in graphic media and communications, and to serve a broad range of industries in need of innovative thinkers and creative leaders. Through multimedia approaches, students learn to create moving graphic experiences, and are prepared to earn rewarding careers at the intersection of technology, design, and business.

Our program’s multidisciplinary curriculum explores print, web, packaging design, interactive graphics, mobile apps, functional printing, and smart media. Through a hands-on curriculum, students learn to create and manage innovative, cross-media applications, challenge creative barriers, and break into today’s interactive graphic media industry. Experiential opportunities allow students to work with new technologies and applications, preparing them for exciting and dynamic careers. Graduates of the graphic media science and technology department are helping organizations implement and manage the integration of traditional and emerging media technologies. They are well-positioned for careers as graphic media change-makers, bringing visionary expertise to production management, technology specializations, and quality assurance. Students learn-by-doing, and bring graphic projects from concept through inception and delivery. The skills earned are those sought by nearly all companies; notably, printers, brand owners, media companies, communication agencies, and technology firms.

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Dedicated hands-on technology spaces to support learning and research

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Paid co-op experiences provide graduates with real-world experience at major domestic and international companies

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Active alumni working in industry and poised to help students and alumni in their career objectives

Latest News

  • September 4, 2020

    the cover of the book Printing-Process Control and Standardization.

    Color printing process and standards are focus of new book by RIT expert

    Achieving accurate and precise color reproduction for traditional offset and modern digital print production is in the standards. In Printing-Process Control and Standardization, Robert Chung offers strategies to improve print quality, consistency, and cost savings in the print and communication industries.

  • September 2, 2020

    portraits of Gregory D’Amico and Barbara Birkett.

    Two faculty members named to endowed professorships

    Barbara Birkett and Gregory D’Amico were appointed to two of the Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology’s prestigious endowed professorships this fall. Birkett assumes the role of the Paul and Louise Miller Endowed Professorship. D’Amico will serve as the Gravure Endowed Professor.

  • July 7, 2020

    Wide Format InkJet printer in action

    Fluid Dynamics in Inkjet: Applications in Digital Printing

    With the School of Media Science’s recent move to the College of Engineering Technology (CET), the faculty is beginning to incorporate more science into their classes. Robert Eller, the Gravure Research Professor, is among the faculty members leading the charge in this area. One example is the introduction of Fluid Dynamics in the inkjet printing lab of his Digital Print Processes course.

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Undergraduate Programs

At the core of the interdisciplinary media arts and technology BS program is a balance of the creative, business, and technical aspects of graphic communication. The course of study allows you to explore educational areas within and outside the program — including ample chances to connect with industry — to provide a thorough experience that prepares you for a world of possibilities.

Today’s graphic communication professionals serve the robust marketing communications, publishing and packaging graphics industries by creating and producing integrated media across a range of platforms. 

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Graduate Programs

The STEM-based Master of Science degree in Print Media offered by the Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology offers students seeking an advanced degree the opportunity to join a community of learners and researchers in a dynamic field with robust career opportunities. This thesis-based program involves three semesters of coursework, followed by thesis work where students work together with research professors in world-class facilities. Recent thesis topics have included technology adoption, quality control, instrument and metric analysis, management topics, and process capabilities in areas such as digital printing, textile printing, color measurement, packaging and publishing as well as gravure, flexographic and lithographic printing technologies. Resulting thesis work is published and often presented at academic conferences. 

Students successfully completing the MS in Print Media find themselves well prepared for study at the doctoral level as well as positioned to work at management-level positions in industry. 

Explore how technology and innovation are changing the graphic communications industry.

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Minors and Immersions

The media arts and technology minor provides students with a five-course sampling of the media arts and technology major. After completing the required course, students may customize their selection of elective courses from diverse offerings related to media production, media architecture, media strategy, and media management.

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Student Resources

The Department of Graphic Media Science and Technology offers a variety of resources for our students such as:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Computer and Tablets
  • Software
  • Digital Media Storage
  • Insurance

Visit our Student Resources page for more information.