Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January/February 2013 Newsletter

         Students Now Applying to GCM for Fall 2013

GCM is receiving many applications from high-school, college and university students for September 2013 admission. The four-year Ryerson degree is Canada’s only degree especially for future managers in the graphic communications industries.

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GCM graduates enjoy outstanding job opportunities upon graduating, often stemming from the third-year internship which places students in companies for a work experience.

Prospective students can still apply to Graphic Communications Management or change their existing applications for university. March 1, 2013 is Ryerson’s “guaranteed consideration date” for GCM, meaning all applications received by that date receive full consideration. Applications received after March 1st will be considered on a space-available basis.

To learn more about opportunities in GCM, check out our new video at Vimeo or visit our website. Prospective students are invited to Discover Ryerson Day on Thursday, March 14th. On this full-day event at Ryerson, you will tour Ryerson’s downtown campus and learn about the classes, labs and many amazing opportunities available in GCM.

Job Fair

Mark your calendars because on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 the School of Graphic Communications Management will be holding its annual Job Fair at Ryerson University.

Job Fair is an exciting event that is run “speed-dating” style. Employers conduct 10-minute interviews with the opportunity to meet up to 12 candidates in just two hours.

Job Fair runs from 4–6 p.m. for graduating students seeking full time employment and from 7–9 p.m. for students who have just finished their third year of study and are seeking a summer internship. Employers are invited to conduct interviews in one or both of the sessions. There will be a break from 6–7 p.m. with dinner provided for all employers.

The internship program has been a successful part of GCM for many years. Many employers see it as a 4-month long interview. As such, numerous 3rd-year students remain working part-time with their internship companies throughout their 4th year, then join full-time after graduating. Another popular reason for employing an intern is to give the employer’s staff the opportunity to take some vacation time in the summer. Of course best of all an internship means that the employer can find a fresh grad with work experience in the field the very next year. The students work hard to prepare for job fair. With visits from career center experts, resume reviews, personality profile analysis and mock interview sessions they are ready and excited to meet you at job fair! Last year was an exciting evening with record attendance from employers and we hope you will join us again this year!

Click this link to download the 1-page PDF Job Fair flyer. For further detail, visit the Job Fair website or contact Taras Karpiuk at 416-979-5050. To register your company for Job Fair, visit the Job Fair Registration site.

Registrations underway for upcoming International Circle (IC) Conference

Registration is now open for the 45th Conference of the International Circle, which will take place at Ryerson from June 2-6, 2013. Additionally, researchers are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference. Full details, including online registration and submission of abstracts, are available at

The International Circle (IC) of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management was founded in 1957 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now consists of over 100 member institutions with educational or research programs in the graphic arts. Previous conferences have been held in Budapest (2012), Norrkoping, Sweden (2011), and Moscow (2010). The 2013 Toronto conference marks the first conference in North America for the IC, and Ryerson is pleased to have been invited to host it. In addition to hosting an annual conference and several smaller events, the IC publishes the peer-reviewed journal, International Circular of Graphic Education and Research.

The June conference program includes two days of academic presentations, discussions and networking sessions. There will also be a social day in famous Niagara Falls and industry tours. Most meals are included. An accompanying persons program is also offered. Already, interest in the conference has been extensive, and a good number of registrations and abstracts have been received.

The reduced (early-bird) registration rate is available until February 28, 2013. The final deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1, 2013. Reduced (early-bird) rate accommodations starting at $52 per night are presently available. We hope you will join us in Toronto this June!

Certificate in Graphic Communications

The seven-course Certificate in Graphic Communications is offered by Ryerson’s Chang School of Continuing Education and includes courses that are part of the full-time GCM degree. Certificate participants complete four compulsory courses and three electives.

The following courses will be offered in the 2013 Spring/Summer semester.

CGRA 202 – Layout and Typography II
Tuesday and Thursday: May 7 – June 18

CGRA 203 Introduction to Electronic Premedia ll
Monday and Wednesday: May 6 – June 19

CGRA 204 Printing Processes ll
Tuesday and Thursday: June 13 – July 25

CGRA 230 – Selling in the Graphic Arts
Tuesday and Thursday: May 7 – June 18

CGRA 116 – Estimating in the Graphic Arts
Available through Distance Education: May 4 – July 27

Enrollment commences Monday, March 18, 2013. The next Open House will be Wednesday March 27, 2013 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

For additional information relating to the certificate, please see the Curriculum > Part-time link on the GCM home page.

ryeTAGA student chapter attends the 65th TAGA conference and wins “Best Publication Design Award”

The annual technical conference of TAGA took place from February 3 to 6 in Portland, OR. The ryeTAGA student chapter worked very hard over the last few months to produce their student journal. The students competed against students from six other universities for the grand prize, the Kipphan Cup. This year the cup was won by the French student chapter of INP-Pagora in Grenoble. The Ryerson student chapter won the prize for “Best Publication Design.” The design of the brochure was done by Tracy Ta, a 3rd-year student. GCM can be proud of this achievement. The production of the journal and the travel to the conference was made possible through all the donations from the University and many people from industry. Thank you to all the sponsors! Together with their faculty advisor, Martin Habekost, 12 students travelled to Portland and enjoyed the interesting and diverse presentations. The 2014 conference of TAGA will be in Fort Worth, TX.

Photo: GCM student presenting their journal to the members of the other student chapters.

GCM Visits Atlantic Packaging

This February RyePack organized another exciting plant tour. This time our host was Atlantic Packaging. We were able to visit their corrugated plant in Brampton. It was an exciting tour as we do not often get a chance to see the manufacturing processes leading up to printing. For example, in action we saw Atlantic’s 110″ wide corrugator. This is the machine that makes corrugate board by sandwiching the flute between two sheets of paper. This corrugator happens to be quite a large example of the technology which is always exciting to see. After the plant tour, we got to learn about many different types of corrugated boxes. We saw first hand the broad range of applications for corrugate, from protecting your furniture during shipping to actually being furniture. Last but not least, we were able to check out Atlantic’s test lab. This lab allows the company to make sure that their products meet quality standards. An example of such a test would be a drop test, in which a box with product in it is dropped repeatedly at different angles to test if it is well protected. A big thank you to Phil Watson, Design Manager and Packaging Consultant for arranging the tour and teaching us more about packaging!

Photo: GCM students learning about packaging at Atlantic Packaging.

GCM Prof. Rich Adams Exchange Teaching in Kiev, Ukraine

Rich Adams recently completed the first of two exchange teaching semesters at the National Technical University of Ukraine (NTUU), also known as Kiev Polytechnic Institute (KPI), Institute of Publishing and Printing, in Kiev, Ukraine.

He taught courses in web design and colour management to about 45 students who were 3rd-, 4th-, 5th-year specialist’s degree and 6th-year master’s students, along with two Ph.D. candidates. (Ukraine offers a specialist’s degree that’s in between a bachelor’s and master’s.) The students were fluent in English, but six graduate students from the Foreign Languages Department assisted with translation. In their program the students have little exposure to web design so were happy to have a dedicated course in HTML (which is in American English) taught by a native English-speaking instructor. Similar to GCM’s course, each student produced a 4-page web site.

In the colour management course students learned to profile digital cameras, monitors, printers, and proofers.

Since KPI did not have a distance-learning program like Ryerson’s “Blackboard,” Rich used the Russian “Facebook” site, VKontakte, to communicate with students.

For the winter semester, KPI requested repeats of these courses, plus an advanced, seminar-format course on each topic. He also plans to work with some students and faculty on papers for the summer International Circle Conference, to be hosted at GCM.

Photo: About 40 students from Kiev Polytechnic Institute receive special diplomas in a graduation ceremony on December 26, 2012, with Rich Adams (left-centre, in brown-striped sweater), director Dr. Petro Kyrychok (centre, in “Ukrainian blue” sweater) and project coordinator Anastacia Lutsenko (right, in orange scarf).