Applicants to the M.S. degree program in Graphic Communications must have some undergraduate GC course work. Applicants without sufficient related background will take prerequisites of GC 104 and GC 207, and co-requisites of GC 310 and up to nine additional hours of courses specified by the review committee, based upon the applicant's educational records and work experiences. Students without relevant work experience will also complete a co-requisite internship (GC 350 Internship I) or (GC 850 Internship).
Application for admission will be made through the Clemson University Graduate School. Upon admission, the student will either select or be assigned a Major Advisor with the aid and approval of the Graphic Communications Department Chair or a designated coordinator of the M.S. in Graphic Communications program. The student will plan their graduate degree curriculum with the Major Advisor, and get approval from the Major Advisor, before scheduling courses.
A non-thesis student will select a Graduate Advisory Committee of three or more faculty to serve during his/her scheduled oral comprehensive examination, as well as completing a GS2. One committee member must be from a department other than Graphic Communications.
With a thesis option, the student will select a Graduate Thesis Committee of three or more faculty to serve during his/her scheduled defense of the thesis. At least two committee members must be from the Graphic Communications Department.
All procedures for the successful completion of the program shall be in conformance with the Clemson University Graduate School Announcements.
Graduate assistants are assigned up to 20 hours of work per week, which is scheduled around their classes. While working in a very busy but friendly atmosphere, they simultaneously learn a great deal since they assist literally hundreds of students with lab assignments. Work assignments may also engage them in training and instructional materials development, project research, and work with Clemson's ongoing industrial training program.
In addition to having lab responsibilities, graduate assistants at Clemson pay no out-of-state tuition. They are required to pay only one-half the normal rate for in-state graduate students. Also, graduate assistants receive a salary for hours worked within the department. Perhaps as great a benefit as the financial incentives is the experience gained through working in a laboratory environment. Because graduate assistants are functioning as lab assistants, they become very familiar with equipment and processes employed. This expanded knowledge is a major benefit of the program.
Dr. Nona Woolbright