The Clemson Graphic Communications philosophy centers around a unique method of hands-on learning. The students experience equipment, theories and problem solving. These precepts, combined with the right mix of people being faculty and students, as well as the curriculum and the extensive facilities make us who we are. Explore the possibilities and discover how you can become part of the nationally-recognized graphic communications program at Clemson University.
TAGA: The Technological Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is an international organization of academics and industry researchers in the Graphic Communications field. Each year student chapters from around the world produce a journal showcasing student research in GC applications. The schools compete for recognition of the quality of their journal. The journals are judged by the TAGA Board of Directors on the basis of technical writing, design and print production. Students are involved in all aspects of the journal production—design, print production, writing and editing, and have the opportunity to attend the TAGA Annual Technical Conference. TAGA meets on Fridays at 11:15 in the Godfrey Atrium. Contact Info: Dr. Liam O'Hara, Advisor
Gamma Epsilon Tau (GET): is the honorary/service organization for Graphic Communication Students. Clemson's GET, the Xi chapter, is the 14th chapter of its kind at college campuses around the country. Contact info: Dr. Eric Weisenmiller, Advisor; Lisa Carr, President
The Pheonix Challenge: Each year as part of GC 4070, the students participate in The Phoenix Challenge Foundation day-long competition focused on flexographic product design and printing for college teams to showcase their practical knowledge, problem solving, team work and presentation and communication skills. This competition has teams from North America as well as Canada representing the best of each university. Each team is required to research, develop, design and produce three types of printed packaged goods that would be displayed for purchase or use, usually in a college campus market or related venue. Four categories are evaluated by a panel of industry experts during the team presentations; product concept, graphic design, printing execution and research, with team awards available in each area. The overall highest scoring team is declared the winner of the competition. The Challenge is held in conjunction with the Annual 4-day Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Annual Forum and Info*Flex event. Attendance at the forum provides the students with the opportunity to learn cutting edge information as well as network with leaders in the flexo industry. GC's team has received awards for product concept, graphic design, execution and research. Next years competition, which will be held in Baltimore, is to design and produce products for use by a local small business or nonprofit. Contact Info: Dr. Nona Woolbright, Advisor
PRINT 13 is the largest and most innovative global exhibition of digital, offset and hybrid technologies in 2013. Students at the Junior or Senior level can attend Print 13 in Chicago in the Fall. Here, across the expansive show floor, attendees will come to explore demonstrations of the latest technologies, unique new applications, and products and services for every key facet of the graphic communications industry. Contact info: Dr. Eric Weisenmiller, Advisor
London Trip: Graphic Communications students travel each May to London to gain a universal perspective on graphics for Packaging Design. Students will receive a 3 hour course credit for GC 451. With it’s own rich history and the acceptance of cultures from all over the globe, London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. This makes it an ideal laboratory for studying differences in packaging, especially between the US and the UK because they carry similar products with a common language yet vastly different packaging needs. The goal of this course is to examine the visual expression of a brand as a package within this global marketplace. The student will learn about the visual communication typically found on a package including: expression of brand essence, information hierarchy, flavor differentiation, shelf impact, category fit vs disruptive packaging, and materials & production concerns. Within this context, students will also study the evolution and history of packaging design, discuss philosophies, learn industry terminology and examine contemporary designs both from the U.S. and U.K. prospective. Using case studies, students will analyze the package design process from concept to production. Guest lectures and field trips will supplement readings and in-class discussions. Contact Info: Dr. Nona Woolbright, Advisor
There are also several other yearly trips based on interest and involvement including:
And don't miss these yearly events on campus: