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Option 4 Packaging Technology, Bachelor of Science Degree

The University of Central Missouri offers the only four-year baccalaureate degree in Graphic Technologies in the State of Missouri. In addition, the department enrolls the fifth-largest number of students in graphic communications courses of any school in the nation. Central's Graphic Technologies Program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Graduates from the Graphic Technologies program have a consistently high placement rate in regional and national companies in the dynamic field of graphic communications. Also known as graphic arts, the graphic communications industry is the third largest in the U.S. and is constantly evolving due to exciting technological advances.

The Graphic Technologies program allows students to develop both creative and technical skills. Handson coursework includes instruction and practice in graphic design, digital and traditional printing processes, publishing, packaging, computer graphics, website development, digital photography, and other related areas.

Graphic Technologies students become well qualified to obtain entry-level management employment in a wide variety of graphic communications companies. A required industry internship and the opportuntiy to work in the Center for Print Production help make UCM graduates well prepared to manage the people, products, and processes involved in the creation and production of grapic media.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Graphic Technologies laboratories at UCM are the best equipped and most comprehensive facilities in the Midwest and are among the best in the nation. More than 10,000 square feet of modern laboratory space is occupied by specialized graphic arts equipment, which provides students the opportunity for valuable hands-on experience working on graphic projects from design through printing and distribution. Our facilities include labs dedicated to offset, screen, flexography and digital printing methods, along with two dedicated computer labs with an array of design, web media and page layout software. Also available are a paper and ink testing lab and a fully equipped finishing laboratory. UCM's Graphic Technologies program benefits greatly from the generous support of the graphic communications industry through generous donations of major equipment and supplies.

About the Faculty

Students learn from highly experienced full-time faculty members who provide individualized student program advisement. The university's modest studentfaculty ratio allows students to benefit from personalized attention. Faculty members are active in technical research and professional memberships, and they participate in workshops and seminars to stay current in their field.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to supplement their academic program through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. Graphic technologies students are eligible for membership in the internationally affiliated Technical Association of Graphic Arts and the Print and Graphics Student Association, both of which promote the field of graphic technologies. Students can also become members in the Printing Industries of America Association and can participate in a variety of professional organizations.


In addition to more than $7 million in merit-based scholarships and awards offered each year by the university, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for students who display aptitude in graphic technologies. Other scholarships are provided by the Printing and Imaging Association of MidAmerica, the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, the Electronic Document Systems Foundation, and the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute. Students may also compete for the Jones, Kohler, Sarantakos, Brahney, and Grinstead scholarships.

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