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Graphics and Multimedia: Facilities

The Graphics and Multimedia program is housed in Helsel and Coover Halls. In Helsel, you will find our Advanced Graphics Lab and Pressroom, Digital Prepress Lab, Multimedia Lab, and Screen Printing and Flexography Lab. Other various courses are held in Coover Hall. The core of the Graphics and Multimedia program is based upon hands-on experiencet. You can learn more about student work and projects by clicking the Student Work tab on the left. Below, you can learn about each of the labs that are housed in Helsel Hall.

You may view a slideshow of our facilities here. 

Graphics and Multimedia Facilities

Advanced Graphics Lab and Pressroom

Mr. Allen assisting students with running the two-color offset press.

Our Advanced Graphics Lab and Pressroom supports offset lithographic printing from beginner to advanced levels of printing. The lab supports all aspects of product development from pre-press to finishing and binding. Students projects include pamphlets, brochures, posters, and multi-signature booklets. Equipment available includes an exposure unit, two-color offset press, a single-color offset press, and various finishing and binding equipment.

Digital Prepress Lab

Ryan retrieves one of her wide-format printed projects

Our Digital Prepress Lab is where students do most of their design work. In it, you will find numerous iMac computers that have the newest version of Adobe Creative Suite installed on them including: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. These are the primary programs that are used for graphic design, digital image editing, page layout, and desktop publishing. Color proofs are generated via inkjet and dye-sublimation prior to film output. Other equipment available in the Digital Prepress lab includes flatbed and negative scanners, a wide format printer, DV/CD burners and laser printers. This lab also holds the Xerox digital press and the platemaker.

Multimedia Lab

A GCM student works on a multimedia project

The Multimedia Lab features iMac computers that have Adobe Creative Suite installed on them with dual-monitors for increased productivity. In this lab, students can create and publish images for print media, video and interactive multimedia presentations, including websites and digital animation projects. Graphics and Multimedia students have access to this lab 24/7 to work on projects and assignments on their own time.

Screen Printing and Flexography Lab

Mr. Schickel assists a student with preparing one of his screen printing projects

The Screen Printing and Flexography Lab is a multi-purpose lab that provides hands-on experiences in all aspects of these printing processes from image design and pre-press assembly to printing and finishing. Student projects include posters, decals, textile prints, labels, and process color printing on a variety of materials using a variety of ink systems. Specialized equipment includes: six flatbed semi-automatic screen printing presses, textile dryer, two-color flexography press, and sheet photopolymer platemaker.