DM1573 Graphic Arts Technology 7.5 credits
A basic course on graphic arts production systems.
Educational levelFirst cycle
Academic level (A-D)
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Autumn 17 P2 (7.5 credits)
2017 week: 44
2018 week: 3
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Leif Handberg <email@example.com>
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Intended learning outcomes
After completing the course the students are supposed to be able to:
- describe the structure of the graphic arts industry in Sweden
- describe the process steps in the graphic arts production chain
- explain the colour systems; RGB, CMYK and CIELAB
- describe basic image processing methods and apply them in practice
- explain the principle of print preparation and colour management according to ICC and apply them in practice
- explain the process steps of paper production
- select suitable printing method according to product
- select suitable paper grade according to printing method and product
- describe the main printing methods; lithography, flexography, gravure, silk screen and digital printing
- describe the principle for environmental marking of printed products
- explain the principle for measuring print quality in the form of print density, dot gain, optimal ink level, NCI, using a densitometer and perform the measurements
- produce a print ready original
- produce a one-colour print in sheet-fed offset
- work with the main text, image and layout programmes for producing print ready originals
- explain digital image representation of images in vector or bitmap format.
- explain the main file formats
- describe the print start up sequence until approved stockpile
- describe quality control methods in the graphic arts production work flow
- describe the main post production operation steps
so that the students
- can produce technically well structured and typographically appealing documents
- make suitable choices for the production of printed products with respect to the number of copies, print quality and delivery time
- can produce print ready digital original adapted to the printing press
- will be able to follow the subsequent courses in the “Print communication” programme.
Course main content
Lectures on: survey of the graphic arts industry, basic reproduction technology, colour theory, principles for colour printing, page making, printing methods, ink and paper, post press handling and distribution.
Laboratory work: production of a simple printed matter, image processing, colour management systems for print adaptation and measurement of colour strength.
Visits to companies in the industry.
For single course students: completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B, English corresponding to English A.
To be announced at least 4 weeks before course start. In a very similar course they used: K. Johansson: Grafisk kokbok. Guiden till grafisk produktion. Arena.
- LAB1 - Laboratory Assignment, 3.0, grade scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see: http://www.kth.se/csc/student/hederskodex/1.17237?l=en_UK.
CSC/Media Technology and Interaction Design
Leif Handberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This course cannot be counted in the degree if the student has taken 2D1574/DM1574/DM1570.
This course has replaced DM1570 Graphic Arts Technology 1.
DM2529 and DM2531
Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2012.