Graduate Studies in Graphic and Digital Media Technology vid Nada, KTH
Graduate education in graphic and digital media technology is offered by the Laboratory of Graphic Arts Technology at the department for Manufacturing Systems. The subject covers technology, methods, production systems, and organisations for the collection, processing, design, and manufacturing of information products for distribution in printed or digital form.
The subject contains a broad spectrum of related but diverse, often interdisciplinary, subtopics. Among these subareas, the following can be mentioned: journalism and communication theory, typography and graphic design, colour and reprographic technology, text and image processing, audio, video and multimedia technology, information and telecommunication technology, printing processes and machinery, graphic arts materials, postpress and distribution technology, process optimisation, production management, work organisation, and production economics. The subject area is undergoing rapid development and change as a result of the general developments in society and media.
The research work connected to the graduate studies is normally carried out within the research projects of the laboratory, although external research work can also be accepted.
Graduate education in graphic and digital media technology is designed to create expert competence within the subject area, suitable for research and advanced development work. Since the subject area is very broad and in the midst of a rapid development period, the programme aims both at providing a comprehensive perspective on media, the media industry and media technology, and in-depth knowledge in one or several subareas. Special attention is given to interdisciplinary and liberal arts insights. The programme structure is flexible in order to make it adaptable to the special interests of the individual students.
In order to enroll in the graduate programme in graphic and digital media technology, the student must have received a university degree in engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, or electronics, or have the corresponding background knowledge. University degrees in other subjects may also qualify the student for graduate studies focusing on subareas within graphic and digital media technology.
Studies within the graduate programme are based on basic knowledge of media technology and its subareas. This background knowledge can best be obtained through the undergraduate programme in graphic and digital media technology. Background knowledge obtained by other means may, when necessary, be supplemented by courses in the undergraduate programme.
Licentiate of Technology (Lic.Tech.)
The degree of Lic.Tech., roughly equivalent to a U.S. Ph.D. degree, is recommended as an intermediate exam. The degree requires coursework to an extent of 30-40 study points. Of these, a maximum of 10 points can be undergraduate courses that have not been included in the basic university degree. A minimum of 20 % of the courses should be taken outside of the department.
The time required for obtaining the Lic.Tech. degree is estimated to two years of full time study.
Doctor of Technology (Tech.Dr.)
The degree of Tech.Dr. requires coursework to an extent of 50-60 study points. Of these, a maximum of 10 points can be undergraduate courses that have not been included in the basic university degree. A minimum of 20 % of the courses should be taken outside of the department.
The time required for obtaining the Tech.Dr. degree is estimated to four years of full time study.
Compulsory and optional courses
The compulsory and otional courses given by the Laboratory of Graphic Arts Technology are currently undergoing revision and will be presented elsewhere. In addition to these courses, other suitable courses from other departments or other universities may be included in the programme.
Literature studies and project work
Literature studies and project work may be included in the coursework of the exam to a maximum extent of 10 points. Literature studies and project work must be documented as written reports.
Thesis for the Lic.Tech. degree
The thesis must be based on research or studies carried out within one or more of the subareas of the subject. The thesis can either be a monograph or a collection of related reports and publications together with an introductory summary. A logical and clearly expressed presentation of the work is required. The thesis or parts thereof can be included in a future doctoral thesis. The thesis must be published, presented and defended at a public seminar.
The dissertation thesis must be based on research carried out within one or more of the subareas of the subject. The thesis can either be a monograph or a collection of related reports and publications together with an introductory summary. The thesis must be written in a language accepted in the international research community, preferrably English, and meet international requirements on scientific standards. A logical and clearly expressed presentation of the work is required. The thesis must be reviewed, published, and defended in public.
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