The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in graphic communications at Illinois State University. ISU is a research partner with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation and has a long tradition of printing education, beginning as a teacher-training program in the 1940s, and, since the 1960s, supporting the industry.
Students previously majored in industrial technology or technology education, with only a concentration of courses in graphic communications. This new stand-alone degree program represents a major commitment by the State of Illinois to support the graphic communications industry.
Students in the graphic communications program choose one of three concentrations: print media management, web media management and packaging graphics. Each concentration enables students to apply creative problem solving while learning about technology and management practices related to the production and distribution of graphic media.
ISU is searching for industry partners who are willing to assist with equipment acquisition, software support, materials support, scholarships and internships.