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Graphic and Print Technician

Graphic and Print Technician

  • Specialization: Graphic and Print Technician
    • Introduction to Print Production

      This course introduces students to step-by-step production procedures to prepare artwork for commercial print, from job planning to pre-press and presswork. Several post-printing techniques will also be included, with the emphasis on authentic, project-based activities.

      Course Code: PA-200
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 110

    • Print Production Fundamentals

      This course introduces the concepts, tools and skills needed for running two or more colour jobs on a printing press. Related lectures and discussions will include work safety, copyright, and client service practices.

       

      Course Code: PA-210
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 110

    • Design

      Fundamental graphic design techniques are necessary for production of projects for print media. This course includes both lecture time and lab time in areas of design elements and principles, typography, colour profiles, page layout, advertisement, and digital file production. While students are learning the Mac platform, they simultaneously learn though motivating Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials, Xerox’s latest marketing software, XMPie, and practical digital printing techniques.

      Course Code: PA-220
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 110

    • Pre-Press

      Critical to the success and profitability of the designer's work is the transition from concept to print. This course deals with preparing files for output to a variety of devices ranging from laser printers to image setters, and computer-to-plate/press (CTP) systems. By applying various prepress tools and applications, students will be introduced to the techniques required to produce a print ready file. Areas of study include: prepress terminology; industry layout standards; color separations; output considerations including native layout formats JPEG, TIFF, PDF and EPS files; prepress workflow; and file proofing.

      Course Code: PA-230
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 110

    • Print Production

      Printing is the reproducing of text and images, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing. In this unique course, students will be able to take a design from the computer and apply it to a practical application. Students will explore mixing and types of printing inks, ink reaction on paper, and mechanics of finishing. In addition, this course introduces students to vinyl plotting applications.

      Course Code: PA-240
      Course Requirements: Pre-Press,Design,Print Production Fundamentals,Introduction to Print Production

      Hours: 110

    • Advanced Design

      Understanding the principles of great design is critical in being able to present news and features in an attractive way. Students will be assigned comprehensive projects designed to develop professional skills based on a solid foundation of research, strategy, and conceptual thinking. Problem solving techniques and advanced computer graphics technology will be stressed. Advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software will be introduced and applied.

      Course Code: PA-250
      Course Requirements: Print Production,Pre-Press,Design

      Hours: 110

    • Advanced Pre-Press

      This course is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and tools used in a modern pre-press environment. Topics include image resolution, using layers, modifying and transforming selections, image editing and adjustments using layers and filters, and output parameters and protocol for web, devices, and print. Students will create a PDF "print ready" file production plan. Digital scanning techniques and ink and paper technology will be studied. In addition, students will have several opportunities to output files to print. Dot gain, die lines, trapping, colour theory in relation to press characterizations will also be topics of study.

      Course Code: PA-260
      Course Requirements: Advanced Design,Print Production,Pre-Press

      Hours: 110

    • Advanced Print Production

      The flexographic print process will be the focus of this advanced course. Students will be expected to synthesize all the skills they have learned and produce an ambitious work, either a book or a suite of related print works which reflects their highest artistic development.

      Course Code: PA-270
      Course Requirements: Advanced Pre-Press,Advanced Design,Print Production,Pre-Press,Design,Print Production Fundamentals

      Hours: 110

    • Applied Print Media

      With the support and assistance of the instructor, the student will research the print industry to take advantage of opportunities to market themselves to prospective employers and to find work placements locally. The course will focus on the practical application and refinement of technical and employability skills, either through an unpaid work practicum or through assigned specialized projects.

      Course Code: PA-280
      Course Requirements: Advanced Print Production,Advanced Pre-Press,Advanced Design,Print Production,Pre-Press,Design,Print Production Fundamentals,Introduction to Print Production

      Hours: 110

  • Specialization: Graphic and Print Technician - Fall 2020 and Future Intakes
    • Introduction to Graphic Design and Print

      After completing this course, students will have a broad understanding of the major printing processes from graphic design and pre-press, through to printing and finishing. Students will learn to operate several basic print-related tools and pieces of equipment while following safe practices.

      Course Code: GPT-010
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Digital Drawing

      Graphic design is a discipline that has always embraced technology. The computer is now one of the key forces that moves the design. In this course, students will learn and practice basic drawing techniques with pencil and paper, ending with the knowledge of how to create art digitally.

      Course Code: GPT-020
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 42
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Digital Printing

      This introductory course will prepare students for further challenging digital print projects. Through lessons that focus on colour quality and consistency in relation to digital print output, students will learn to calibrate their digital work station, select paper profiles, and operate print server software.

      Course Code: GPT-030
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Bindery and Finishing

      Choosing the right finishing for the print job requires a good understanding of the technology involved. In this hands-on course, students will perform machine set-up and operation of several pieces of bindery and finishing equipment. Students will get valuable practice in folding, cutting, stitching, die cutting, lamination, shrink wrapping, and paper drilling.

      Course Code: GPT-040
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Digital Design I

      In its most abstract sense, graphic design emphasizes visual communication using a range of elements and media to promote a specific message. Students will study various techniques that designers employ, using colour theory as part of the science of design.

      Course Code: GPT-050
      Course Requirements: Digital Drawing

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Introduction to Specialty Printing Applications

      In this course, students will be introduced to new, state-of-art printing processes. While working with textiles, students will learn the techniques of applying artwork to a variety of substrates, with a focus on direct-to-garment printing. Specific course content may change to reflect current trends and access to specific equipment.

      Course Code: GPT-060
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 98
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Digital Design II

      This course encourages students to explore new ways of seeing and thinking in order to stimulate the creation of alternative solutions to the discipline. There is an increased focus on idea generation and the skills necessary to create, select, and evaluate design content. The activities and project briefs will reinforce students’ core skills in typography, layout, and design for print.

      Course Code: GPT-070
      Course Requirements: Digital Drawing,Digital Design I

      Hours: 98
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Introduction to Pre-Press

      Critical to the success and profitability of the designer's work is the transition from concept to print. This course covers the preparation of files for output to a variety of devices, ranging from digital presses to image setters, and computer-to-plate/press (CTP) systems. By applying various pre-press tools and applications, students will be introduced to the techniques required to produce a print ready file. Student will utilize software tools designed to reconcile the different colour capabilities of scanners, monitors, printers, image setters, and printing presses to ensure consistent colour throughout the print production process. In addition, students will perform practical lithographic and flexographic printing plate making.

      Course Code: GPT-080
      Course Requirements: Digital Drawing,Digital Design I

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Lithographic Printing

      This course focuses on the operation of a sheet-fed off-set printing press with an emphasis on avoiding and solving problems during the press run. Students will learn the basic skills required to operate and maintain a four-colour lithographic printing press. Ink blending technology will also be introduced.

      Course Code: GPT-090
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Flexographic Printing

      The flexographic print process will be the focus of this advanced course. Students will be expected to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in this program to produce an ambitious work, such as a book or a suite of works, that represents their highest artistic development.

      Course Code: GPT-100
      Course Requirements: Digital Drawing,Digital Design I,Introduction to Pre-Press

      Hours: 84
      Location: 7 Fultz Campus

    • Graphic and Print Technician Work Practicum

      The Work Practicum will focus on the practical application and refinement of technical and employability skills. Through a supervised on-site experience, students will practice and demonstrate their developing skills and competencies in the career of print or graphic design.

      Pre-Requisites:

      • Minimum average of 70% on each preceding course.
      • No more than 8 absences during the program.

      MITT does not guarantee practicum placement and, in these situations, the Institute will explore alternative options for program completion with affected students.

      (Take this course or GPT-12)

      Course Code: GPT-110
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Graphic Design and Print,Digital Drawing,Digital Printing,Bindery and Finishing,Digital Design I,Introduction to Specialty Printing Applications,Digital Design II,Introduction to Pre-Press,Lithographic Printing,Flexographic Printing

      Hours: 160

    • Work Integrated Projects

      Students who do not meet the requirements for the Work Practicum can participate in supervised work integrated projects with the MITT print shop and/or community-based projects. Students will develop their skills and knowledge as they gain experience working in a real world environment. Students will learn the importance of being accountable as they produce a variety of projects to clients’ expectations.

      (Take this course or GPT-11)

      Course Code: GPT-120
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Graphic Design and Print,Digital Drawing,Digital Printing,Bindery and Finishing,Digital Design I,Introduction to Specialty Printing Applications,Digital Design II,Introduction to Pre-Press,Lithographic Printing,Flexographic Printing

      Hours: 160

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