College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Graphic Communication Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Graphic Communication

College - Author 2

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 2

Graphic Communication Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Graphic Communication



Primary Advisor

Ruoxi (Rachel) Ma, College of Liberal Arts, Graphic Communication Department


The existing Graphic Communication (GrC) curriculum immerses students in print production through hands-on labs, exposing them to a variety of industrial machinery.

However, outside the context of required labs, students will rarely use the department’s equipment, which is a lost learning opportunity.

This project proposes exploring opportunities for students to use machinery outside the context of required classes, in order to both foster familiarity with industry tools and generate new industry knowledge. The aim is to research and develop a plan for implementing a program that helps to encourage students to further develop skills and pursue research projects using department facilities beyond class time.