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Opportunities for Learning

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.

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The University Printing and Imaging Management Department at Ferris State University ( in Big Rapids, Michigan, offers an associate’s degree in Printing & Imaging Technology as well as bachelor degrees in Printing Management and New Media Printing and Publishing.

The Graphic Communication Institute at California Polytechnic State University ( offers educational programs held throughout the year that cover prepress and print training; graphic arts research; and ink, toner, and substrate testing. Training in project management, quality control, marketing, sales, pricing and estimating is also offered. Workshops are held on the Cal Poly campus and utilize the school’s state-of-the-art training lab and prepress imaging and press room facilities. The Institute is partnering with Graph Expo in 2010 to help produce that event’s educational program.

The Institute for Graphics and Imaging ( hosts a number of conferences, seminars, and custom training programs designed for those in the printing and publishing industries. Recent workshops have included “Applied Adobe Flash Development,” “How to Successfully Introduce Video to Your Website,” and “Redesign Strategies and Techniques.” The organization is based in the Harry V. Quadracci Printing Education and Technology Center on the campus of the Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Pittsburg State University’s ( Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies in Pittsburg, Kansas, offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science and Technology (digital and print media) as well as Science in Technology (Graphic Communications Management and Commercial Graphics); it also offers a Master of Science degree with an emphasis on Print Management.

Prepress Training Solutions ( offers several courses on software geared toward the graphics industry, including Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, QuarkXPress, and Enfocus PitStop Professional. Courses are available via an annual, monthly, or single-course subscription.

The School of Print Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology ( in Rochester, New York, offers an online Master of Science degree in Print Media. Course material is presented in various forms, including webinars, multimedia, video, audio, and one-on-one interaction with faculty via e-mail, chat, and teleconferences.

The Signage Foundation’s ( National Signage Research and Education Conference will take place October 13-14 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Held in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business and College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, the event is aimed at sign manufacturers and end users as well as educators, planners, and regulators. The conference will offer two days of topical presentations, studio projects, and breakout sessions; this year’s theme is “Signage as Science, Technology, Art and Regulation.”

Across the Pond
If you don’t mind traveling for your educational opportunities, or perhaps you’d like to add some learning into your vacation time, consider the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England in Bristol (

The Centre offers a score of Continuing Professional Development courses aimed at managers, artists, designers, craftspeople, and others. Current courses include: “Digital Print and Laser Cutting,” “Collotype,” “Laser Cutting and Book Structures,” “Photogravure,” and others; additional courses have included “Photographic Panorama Demonstration,” “Fine Art Production and Demonstration,” “Inkjet Printing on Different Substrates,” and “Committed to Print: Wide Format Master Class.”

Plus, says Paul Laidler, research associate for the Centre, “We can tailor a specific course to your company or individual professional needs (normally at least five people as a minimum make a cost effective group). Tailored courses include subjects not usually offered such as; color management, 3D rapid prototyping, and identification of print processes for museums and conservators.”

In addition, says Laidler, “If any readers of The Big Picture wanted to sign up for course we would be more than happy to accommodate them - as our short courses are open to anyone who is interested or in the country at the time.”