The art department in K-State’s College of Arts and Sciences has reached an agreement with Flint Hills Technical College that will allow students who graduate from the technical school with an associate degree in graphic arts technology to transfer into the art department’s printmaking program.

The agreement takes effect for the fall 2019 semester. It allows Flint Hills Technical College students, who learn the technical side of printing and design in the college’s graphic arts technology program, to take their knowledge and use it to develop their own creative visions in the Kansas State University printmaking program.

“At K-State, students master traditional print processes while also pushing the boundaries and expanding the field through digital technology and scientific innovation,” said Jason Scuilla, professor of art and area coordinator of printmaking. “This articulation with Flint Hills Technical College is a great fit and amazing opportunity for students. The professional portfolio combined with the commercial skill set they’ll graduate with will give them an advantage as creative professionals.”

Flint Hills Technical College is the only technical college in Kansas that teaches offset commercial printing. The college’s program features digital, offset and screen printing presses, in addition to finishing and bindery equipment. Students who have graduated from the program also will have completed courses in graphic design.

KSU has state-of-the-art print technology. Acid etching and engraving, wood block printing, lithography, photographic silkscreen, digital, CNC, 3D, and laser-engraving print processes are open for exploration to undergraduate and graduate researchers.

Graduates of the program have gone on to build successful careers as gallery-represented fine artists, commercial illustrators, creative directors, small business owners, teachers and museum specialists.

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