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Graphic Arts Technology Management
Bachelor of Science Degree
University of Central Missouri offers the only print-based four-year baccalaureate degree graphic arts technology management program in the state of Missouri. In addition, the department enrolls the fifth-largest number of students in graphic arts courses of any school in the nation. The program at UCM is recognized nationally, particularly in mid-America. Central's Graphic Arts Technology Management Program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
The primary focus of the graphic arts technology-management program is to prepare individuals to meet the demand for digital imaging specialists, managers, sales representatives, estimators, buyers, production planners, customer service representatives, and production supervisors in the graphic arts, printing, and packaging industries and allied fields. Students who complete the program have a broad-based background in print and can obtain a specialized area of expertise. Employers indicate that the university's graphic arts technology management graduates learn fast, are reliable, and are able to adapt as productive decision makers. They also return year after year to seek out Central Missouri graduates for other positions.
More than 95 percent of the university's graphic arts graduates find employment in a graphic arts-related position for their initial employment, move up the management ladder, and remain in graphic arts-related industries.
The graphic arts laboratories at UCM are, by far, 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 a complete system of printing production from graphic design through printed product delivery. Using offset, screen, flexography and digital methods, along with paper and ink testing and a fully equipped binding and finishing laboratory, the printing industry's interest in UCM's graphic arts program is evidenced by continual support 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 student-faculty 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.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic program through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. Graphic arts 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 arts. 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 arts. 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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