It's Open Enrollment on Education Main Street

Education is a key component of GRAPH EXPO 2011, evident in both the extensive seminar program as well as the growth of the Education Main Street pavilion. A great opportunity for those that are able to participate, the pavilion lets GRAPH EXPO 2011 attendees learn firsthand of the programs and scholarships offered by colleges, universities, and educational organizations. Also, Education Main Street is the ideal place for industry executives to meet with education professionals, and discuss their workforce needs and how the educational community can best serve the needs of the graphic communications industry.

Below is a listing of educational institutions and organizations.

Educational institutions

Ball State University (Muncie, IN), offers a BS in Graphic Arts Management and Computer Technology. Classes are given in all aspects of graphic arts production. Students are required to minor in business administration to gain the supervision and management skills needed to advance to senior-level positions.

Califormia Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) awards a BS in Graphic Communication and an MBA in Document Systems Management. The undergraduate program covers a full slate of production coursework. Students also select from the department's concentrations in Design Reproduction Technology, Web and Digital Media, Graphic Communication Management, Graphics for Packaging, or Individualized Course of Study.

Chowan College (Murfreesboro, NC) offers an AS in Printing Production & Imaging Technology or a BS in Graphic Communications, concentrating on graphic design, digital printing production/database management, information systems/networking, or print management. 

Clemson University (Clemson, SC) awards a BS or MS in Graphic Communications. A separate BS in Packaging Science lets students focus on packaging design and graphics, under the Food Science program. Its newest offering, a course in printed electronics, is the first on the university circuit Classes are given in digital imaging and eMedia, inks & substrates, commercial printing, packaging and speciality printing, along with financial and business management.


Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) awards an AAS in Printing & Digital Graphic Imaging Technology and a BS in Printing Management and New Media Printing and Publishing. The New Media Printing and Publishing program includes classes in digital multimedia production, Web publishing, database design implementation, and networking.

Harper College (Palatine, IL), offers an AAS degree in Graphic Arts Technology in either Creative Design or Print Production, as well as certificates in Graphic Arts and Graphic Arts Design, Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography, Fashion, Interactive Technology, Variable Data, and Web Design.

 New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn, NY) awards an AAS in Art & Advertising Design; an AAS in Graphic Arts Advertising Production Management; a Bachelor of Technology in Communication Design or Graphic Arts Production Management; and a Certificate in Desktop Publishing. The classes in the baccalaureate program build on skills learned in the AAS program.


Sessions College for Professional Design offers online degree programs and online certificate programs to prepare students for careers in graphic design, Web design, multimedia, marketing, game art, and fine arts. Students can earn an Associates’ Degree in Graphic Design or Web Design, or Certificates in Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Arts, Digital Arts, Marketing Design, Game Art, and Fine Arts.  

University of Houston (Texas), within its College of Technology, awards a BS in Technology in Technology Leadership and Supervision (emphasis in Graphic Communications Technology). Classes are offered in business management, desktop publishing, digital print graphic design / illustration, multimedia, and litho prepress.

University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)  awards a BS in Graphic Communications Management, with classes in general education, professional management and graphics technology. Technology courses cover digital photography, scanning, digital image editing, color management, layout and design, bindery and finishing.


The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), founded in 1983 by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), supports programs that prepare the workforce of the future. GAERF recently launched, an innovative website that provides a direct connection to an extensive network of resources and information about today's graphic communications industry.

The International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) is an association of educators in partnership with industry, dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology.

 The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a private, not-for-profit, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communication careers. Now 55 years old, it is the largest independent scholarship organization serving the Graphic Communication Industry in the U.S.