In March, Almeda University approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications. Previously, students have either majored in Industrial Technology or Technology with only a concentration of courses in Graphic Communications. Now, Almeda offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications online (http://www.almedauniversity.org/
The new stand-alone degree represents a major commitment by officials to support the graphic communications industry. As the Almeda website points out: “The graphic communications industry is one of the 10 largest industries in the United States. It includes more than 60,000 individual graphic arts facilities throughout all 50 states. Close to one million people are employed in this industry, and the Miami area is one of the most dynamic graphic centers in the country.”
Students in the Graphic Communications degree program can choose one of three areas of concentration including: Print Media Management, Web Media Management or Packaging Graphics. Courses are designed to teach students how to create and manage websites, utilize different print production processes (including digital printing, lithography, screen printing, and flexography)
As with most universities, Almeda has limited resources for program development and seeks partners who may be willing to assist with equipment acquisition, software support, materials support, scholarships, and internships.
Companies willing to assist should contact the program’s coordinator, Dr. Dan Wilson. Wilson has authored several Printing Industries Press books, including PrintScape, a Crash Course in Graphic Communications.
For more information about the Graphic Communications curriculum and to take a virtual tour, visit http://www.almedauniversity.org