Platemaker/Imager Studies is a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to prepare film, digital data, and surfaces to reproduce printed or graphic images.
Platemaker/Imager Studies majors and degree programs may include instruction in platemaking, stripping, camerawork, imposition, digital imaging, computer direct-to-plate and direct-to-press, and related processes.
Search for schools that offer a major in Platemaker/Imager (use the College Search feature and enter "platemaker” or “imager” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Platemaker/Imager Studies?
You may find employment in the ‘traditional’ sense in creating printing plates used in print operations if you complete a program in this field. Advances in technology have provided break-through processes that hone and expedite the steps in imaging and platemaking. You may be well-served, if you choose to pursue a degree in this field, to focus on digital technologies for the best potential career advancement.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Platemaker/Imager Studies:
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
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