Ferris State University Printing and Imaging Technology

Graphic Communication Courses at Ferris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Communications

 

Graphic Media Management

 

GCOM 131 Building Professional Digital Documents

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to teach students how to build digital documents for various types of graphic media workflows. The student will learn the fundamentals of capturing and manipulating raster images, creating vector art, and producing digital documents in professional graphic media software applications.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: Pocket Pal, 19 edition by Romano, 2003 International Paper
Required Materials: Metric and Standard tape measure, basic calculator

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GCOM 132 Portable Document Files & Prepress Workflow

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to introduce the students to Portable Document Files (PDF). Primary emphasis of the course is to teach students procedures for creating PDF documents for various digital media workflows.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: Digital Reading Assignments on Server.
Required Materials: USB flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media).

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GCOM 161 Media Imaging & Production

4 Credits, 2 Lec, 6 Lab hrs

Designed to develop theoretical and basic operation knowledge of offset presses, digital presses, wide format inkjets, and bindery/Finishing equipment. Extensive demonstration and operation of equipment will take place to give practical experience in statistical data analysis, problem solving, trouble-shooting and color management. Includes care, maintenance, and performance capabilities of modern graphic media equipment.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: Sheetfed Offset Press Operation, Dejidas, published by GATF
Required Materials: Linen tester, 6 ft pocket tape measure (English and Metric), Basic Calculator.

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GCOM 232 Digital Color Reproduction

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge/skill in creating digital color documents for various graphic workflows. Specific topics of applied knowledge include color correction, color management, image editing, color page layout applications, file optimization, scanning, digital photography, and digital color proofing.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: Digital Reading Assignments on Server.
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media).

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GCOM 243 Prepress Workflow Automation

4 Credits, 2 Lec, 6 Lab hrs

This course is designed to introduce the student to imposition and Raster Image Processor (RIP) automation in a digital prepress environment. Specific topics of applied knowledge include job planning, digital imposition, digital trapping, Raster Image Processors, JDF automation, and computer-to-plate output.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Status.
Textbook: Digital Reading Assignments on Server.
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media) and a ruler.

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GCOM 273 Substrates, Ink, and Coatings

3 Credits, 3 Lec, 0 Lab hrs

Designed to introduce the media production student to the basics of substrates including paper, vinyl, and various plastics, inks and toners, and the various coating materials being used today. Students will learn basic characteristics of these items and how they interact with one another, their production capabilities, limitations, and the afterlife in the environment.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: What the Printer Should Know About Paper, Wilson, c2000, 3rd edition, GATF Press
Required Materials: None

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GCOM 285 Introduction to Packaging

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to provide an introduction into the
unique needs of packaging manufacturing. Students will learn about: Die-lines, how to adapt artwork and production equipment to meet the needs of the customer.Various legal and ethical requirements will be discussed. Quality considerations and measures for color, burst and scuffing.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Status.
Textbook: Digital Reading Assignments on Server.
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media) and a ruler.

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GCOM 299 Imaging & Finishing Project Management

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

Capstone course will utilize knowledge and skills learned from the Graphic Communication curriculum. Student will print an 8-page full color book and complete final finishing needed to complete their professionally designed book. Students are required to work with the instructor to make ready a four-color press, and produce products that meet industrial standards.
Students and instructor will set-up and operate needed bindery equipment to produce quality finished books

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: None
Required Materials: None

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GMAN 310 Variable Data Imaging & Cross Media Marketing

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to introduce students to emerging technologies in digital and variable data printing. The impact of these technologies on traditional print markets and new digital printing markets are explored. Students examine specific digital printing technologies including: color toner based print engines, ink jet, and direct to press offset presses. Students complete projects utilizing databases and variable data printing software, servers and presses to produce unique customized variable data print campaigns.

Prerequisite: ISYS 200.
Textbook: The Handbook for digital Printing and Variable-Data Printing, by Bennett, 1st edition, GATF, 2006
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media).

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GMAN 351 Project Estimating and Cost Analysis

3 Credits, 3 Lec, 0 Lab hrs

A course designed to give the student a working knowledge of estimating the cost of a job in the graphic media industry. Involves the estimating of materials and labor relative to current industry practices for 5the production of a printed product. Emphasis will be on estimating by analyzing the product to be produced and deciding the most economical ways of production. Students will be introduced to the use of cost controls used in the Graphic Media. The course includes break-even charts, budgeted hourly rates, cash flow projection, return-on-investment analysis, budget forecasting, and contribution analysis.

Prerequisite: Completion of most Technical courses.
Textbook: Printing Estimating: Principles and Practices by Philip Kent Ruggles
Required Materials: Laptop computer with Microsoft Office 2007 or newer, Computer estimating software

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GMAN 361 Production Planning

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

Systemic and analytical approach to achieving an efficient production system in all areas of media production. Print production and material controls. Analyzing and planning jobs for most economical means of production. Production scheduling systems and record keeping including inventory system. Typically offered Fall only.

Prerequisite: Junior Status, Completed all major technical labs or permission.
Textbook: None
Required Materials: Laptop computer with the Microsoft Office suite 2007 or higher. Parsec Pinnacle Estimating software.

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GMAN 393 Media Management Internship

4 Credits, 10 hrs prior to internship; 1-2 faculty on-site visit; 15 hours online instruction; 6 hours final presentation

A 10-week minimum work experience in a print media or cross media production company or with a company directly related to the graphic communications industry. Must be taken the summer prior to graduation and must be a management-related position. Orientation sessions, which must be completed the semester prior to the internship, will focus on resume writing and the job search. Also required will be one all-day session on campus during the proceeding semester to present your experience to others in the program. Typically offered Summer only.

Prerequesites: Junior Status.
Textbook: None
Required Materials: None

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GMAN 425 Digital Workflow Engineering & Automation

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge in managing digital workflows in a graphic media environment. Primary emphasis of this course is to build an understanding of how automation is performed in digital graphic systems.

Prerequisite: None.
Textbook: Digital Reading Assignments on Server.
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media).

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GMAN 440 Color Management

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of color science and the complex processes of color management as applied to the graphic media industry. Specific topics of applied knowledge include: device calibration, characterization, and conversion in an ICC color management workflow.

Prerequisite: Senior status.
Textbook: Real World Color Management, by Frazer/Murphy/Bunting, published by Peachpit Press, 2007
Required Materials: USB Flash disk (or some form of portable digital storage media).

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GMAN 462 Media Process Management

3 Credits, 2 Lec, 3 Lab hrs

Designed for students to gain a holistic experience of how a print or cross media company’s processes interrelate and affect the overall operation of the business. Students will analyze production data and make recommendations to improve processes and their outcomes. How the combination of production data and meta data is used to improve an organizations quality and production objectives will be examined. Customer relations, customer contact skills, along with people management skills will be stressed.

Prerequesites: GMAN 361, GMAN 393
Textbook: None
Required Materials: Laptop Computer

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GMAN 498 Current Topics in Media Management

1 Credit, 1 Lec, 0 Lab hrs

Current events related to the Graphic Media Industry and its employers will be discussed. Employers expect graduates to have knowledge of current issues that affect their business.

Prerequesites: Senior Year, Final semester.
Textbook: None
Required Materials: None

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