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Professional Development

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 grow your skills and experience in the graphic communications industry.  

The Phoenix Challenge 

Each year as part of GC 4070, students participate in The Phoenix Challenge, a daylong competition focused on flexographic product design and printing for college teams to showcase their practical knowledge, problem solving, team work and presentation skills. This competition brings together teams from North America and Canada, representing the best from each university.  Each team is required to research, develop, design and produce three types of printed packaged goods that can be displayed for purchase or use, usually in a college campus market or related venue. A panel of industry experts evaluates student presentations based on four categories: 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 students with an opportunity to learn cutting edge information as well as network with leaders in the flexo industry. We are proud of the many GC teams that have received awards at this competition over the years.

Contact Info: Nona Woolbright, Ed.D., Advisor

Graph Expo 

Graph Expo is the most innovative and exciting exhibition of Digital, Inkjet, Offset, Flexo, Gravure and Hybrid technologies, products and services for the Commercial, Transactional, Converting and Package Printing, Publishing, Mailing, In-Plant, Digital Imaging, Marketing and Industrial Printing industries of the year!

Contact info: Charles Weiss, Ph.D., Advisor.

London Trip 

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