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graphic communications and printing technology (GRPH)
GRPH 116 (4 credits)
Introduction to Desktop Publishing

Introduction to the hardware and software used in desktop
publishing. Topics include graphical user interface and
current industry uses such as design, layout, typography,
illustration, and imaging. Students receive hands-on training
in the computer environment using current production
software. Basic scanning techniques are demonstrated.

GRPH 120 (3 Credits)
Digital Photography

This course covers basic digital camera use through
practical application. The assignments center on
composition, lighting, and the use of digital photography
within the graphic communications industry. Color theory
and digital manipulation allow students to integrate their
digital photographs into page layout and graphic design
concepts.

GRPH 126 (4 credits)
Printing Processes I

Covers the various printing processes including offset,
screen, flexo, and gravure. Career opportunities, salary
potential, and the role each process plays in the industry
today are also discussed. Safety procedures and operations
are identified. Upon completion, students should be able to
demonstrate an understanding of the major characteristics,
advantages, and disadvantages of each process.

GRPH 150 (3 credits)
Introduction to Lithography

GRPH 160 (3 credits)
Graphic Communications I

Covers the history, development, and commercial
applications of printing processes. Students learn about the
curriculum and the industry including its processes, products,
and careers. Emphasis is placed on the attributes which are
most desirable for successful entry and advancement.

GRPH 165 (3 credits)
Multimedia and Web Design

Introduces the fundamentals of design and production for
presentations and the World Wide Web. Basics of hypertext
markup language (HTML), the use of authoring software,
and making portable data format (PDF) documents for
internet downloads and multimedia basics are covered.
Prerequisite: GRPH 120; minimum grade of "D" required

GRPH 207 (3 Credits)
Bindery and Finishing

Bindery and finishing is an increasingly important part
of the printing process as it can provide unique physical
characteristics to a finished product. Students develop an
understanding of both the physical processes of bindery and
finishing, along with understanding the creative application
and added value these processes can provide to a final piece.
Along with theory, students have the opportunity to operate
folding equipment, produce die cuts, and create varnishes

GRPH 222 (3 Credits)
Graphic Communications II

This course introduces students to the basic fundamentals of
lithography. Through practical application, students develop
a working knowledge of this printing process with a strong
concentration into multi-color image reproduction and image
registration.
Prerequisite: GRPH 126; minimum grade of "C" required

This course provides an overview of the history of graphic
communications, along with an in-depth analysis of what
graphic communications is and how it reflects culture.
Typography is a primary focus in this course. Students are
challenged to develop creative solutions to problems using
different techniques for developing ideas.
Prerequisite: GRPH 160

GRPH 155 (3 credits)
Introduction to Screen Printing

GRPH 214 (3 Credits)
Print Marketing

This course introduces students to the basic fundamentals
of screen printing. Through practical application, students
develop a working knowledge of this printing process with
a strong concentration into multi-color image reproduction
and image registration.
Prerequisite: GRPH 126; minimum grade of "C" required

64 * Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Commercial printers no longer simply provide a printed
piece. They provide various solutions to communicating
messages through different techniques along with the
management of data. This course looks at how print is
used to connect companies to consumers through trends
in marketing.



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