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. Recent student research includes 3D printing quality analysis, consumer preferences for printed textiles, user experience in digital publishing, and implementation of lean techniques in printing. 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 credit hours of study and includes seven core courses, three electives, and a thesis. The thesis provides an opportunity for students to explore in-depth research and present their findings.
The program encourages cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration. Students may choose elective courses from a variety of courses offered in the School of Media Sciences or with other graduate departments and programs at RIT with approval of the graduate director.
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, media processes, materials, and applications of printing.
Print media, MS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|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|
|PPRT-892||Continuation of Thesis||0|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||36|
Students may take elective courses within or outside of CIAS, but all need to be 600-level or higher. Below is a sampling of elective courses
|PPRT-641||Digital Printing and Publishing|
|PPRT-642||Industry Issues and Trends|
|PPRT-644||Advanced Color Management|
To be considered for admission to the MFA program in print media, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete a graduate application.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered, but are required to submit standard GRE scores.
- Submit scores from the GRE.
- Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
- Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
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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 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.
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.|
|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|
|Minor Concentration 1, 2, 3||12|
|Graduate Research Assistantship|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||48|