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Department of Graphic Communications

Important Contacts

Department Chair - Chip Tonkin, Ph.D.
Advisor - Hanna Gibson
Internship Coordinator - Carol Jones
Gamma Epsilon Tau Advisor - Eric Weisenmiller, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator - Nona Woolbright
Erwin Center for Brand Communications - Katie Hildebrand

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Undergraduate Resources and Information

Curriculum

Our major allows 15 hours of credit for you to focus on an area of interest of your choosing. This allows you to pursue something of personal interest and will help differentiate you during your job search. We have created several focus areas that we felt made a lot of sense in our market (packaging design, print innovation, UX/UI design, etc.), but you can also choose any minor at the University to fulfill this requirement. Some popular minors for our students include brand communications, packaging science and business administration.

Useful links for planning your courses:

Example of courses offered and sample timeline for graphic communications students:

Scholarships

To be considered for scholarships and grants awarded by Clemson University your first action should be to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Clemson University school code (003425) in it so that your information is received by the Financial Aid office. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The deadline is March 1.

Many private scholarships are also available; your search can begin with an internet search of "Printing Scholarships."

Some printing scholarships are available through:

Some of the Graphic Communications Awarded Scholarships are:

  • Buckeye Corrugated Scholarship
  • David O. Sherriff Annual Scholarship
  • Edgar H. Snider Scholarship
  • Elsie K. Bissell Award
  • Frederick Tyler Simon Scholarship
  • GC Faculty Award of Excellence
  • Gravure Education Foundation Scholarship
  • J. Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship
  • PIAG Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Pitman Scholarship
  • PLGA Educational Foundation Scholarships and Grants
  • Werner Sattler/BCM Inks Scholarship

TO APPLY: Notification will be sent to all GC students of scholarship opportunities available. Please be sure to read your email messages and follow the directions. Some scholarships are awarded based on GPA only, and this information is provided to the department by the Financial Aid office. All scholarships must go through the Financial Aid Office.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Kanaley.

Student Organizations

Find more information about student organizations and student advisory boards within the Wilbur O. and Ann powers College of Business, including Gamma Epsilon Tau and the Technological Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). More opportunities and organizations can also be found on TigerQuest.com.

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, teamwork 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

PRINT 19

PRINT 19 is the most innovative and exciting exhibition of Digital, Inkjet, Offset, Flexo, Gravure and Hybrid technologies, products and services for 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

Click here for more information on the London Trip.

Important Contacts

Department Chair - Chip Tonkin, Ph.D.
Advisor - Hanna Gibson
Internship Coordinator - Carol Jones
Gamma Epsilon Tau Advisor - Eric Weisenmiller, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator - Nona Woolbright
Erwin Center for Brand Communications - Katie Hildebrand

Related Links

Department of Graphic Communications
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