Print Version

Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GID 53B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
Continuation of GID 53B. Advanced instruction in design, printing, management and business operations of a full-service garment printing business.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. produce and print works of graphic design for portfolio and clients.
  2. create designs using graphic arts software.
  3. prepare complex production art, color separations and halftones for multi-color garment printing.
  4. manage the printmaking studio including scheduling, supply management, equipment maintenance, safety, and clean up.
  5. implement business practices of the garment printing industry including order placement, cost estimates, product distribution and product marketing.
  6. critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.
  7. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Facilities: 24" x 36" table space for each student. Screenprinting stations including base, screen, registration system, squeegee, flash dryer. Light table, screen exposure unit, screen washout unit, print drying rack, inkjet printer for film positives, darkroom facilities, ink curating unit.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Garment Printing Design
    1. Working with professional clients.
    2. Building a professional design portfolio.
  2. Preparation of artwork for garment printing.
    1. Analog production art for two, three and four colors of ink on color garments.
    2. Digital production art for two, three and four colors of ink on color garments.
    3. Digital color separations for multi-color jobs
    4. Halftones
  3. Garment Characteristics
    1. How to analyze different brand of shirts.
    2. Garment weights, materials (cotton, polyester, rayon), the role they play when printing
    3. Choosing the proper inks to adhere to different materials.
  4. Printing
    1. Mixing ink for two, three and four colors of ink on color garments.
    2. Printing two, three and four colors of ink on color garments
    3. Four color press operations
    4. Advanced micro-adjustment and color registration.
  5. Management of a printmaking studio
    1. Scheduling
    2. Purchasing supplies
    3. Supply management
    4. Equipment maintenance
    5. Tutoring new workers and new students
    6. Safety and safety practice
  6. Business practices
    1. Order placement
    2. Cost estimates
    3. Product distribution
    4. Product marketing
  7. Marketing
    1. Setting up a business.
    2. Branding your business: Logo, business card, web site.
    3. Creating business forms: Estimate sheets and invoices.
  8. Critique
    1. Client centered projects.
    2. Fine art and works of cultural production.
  9. Industry Professionals
    1. Contemporary print artists/designers and their contributions
    2. Contemporary print studio and their contributions
    3. National and international services and organizations
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of assignments and projects
  2. Evaluation of studio practice
  3. Tests, quizzes or research assignments
  4. Student's ability to analyze their work and the work of their peers
Representative Text(s) -
Fresener, Scott. How to Print T-Shirts for Fun and Profit. Ridgefield, New Jersey: Union Ink Company, 2005.

This textbook is old but remains the best textbook for this course. The technology of T-shirt printing has not changed significantly in the last ten years. Research has demonstrated that another text as suitable as this has not entered the publishing marketplace.

Disciplines -
Graphic Art
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration .
Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, preparation of color separations, Inks, screens and plates for printing, printing, curating of finished work and documentation.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, on-line resourses, and outside
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Lecture-Laboratory Exercises and Demonstrations: Weekly lab exercises. Each lab exercise may include individual or group participation and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.