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The Thomas W. Reese Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology (GAIT) program at Appalachian State University prepares students for entry level supervisory and staff positions in the graphic communications industries.

Mission Statement

We the faculty of Appalachian State University's Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program charge ourselves with the following:

We will provide our students with the knowledge and skills they need to become tomorrow's competent employees. The faculty and administration will do our best to instill in them creative problem solving abilities, higher order thinking skills, a desire to continue to learn, a sense of self-motivation and an open receptiveness to new, challenging ideas and options. We believe that interpersonal skills should be fostered in students, including work ethic, loyalty, listening and presentation skills.

We also charge ourselves with the responsibility to remain accountable to our students, by providing the best possible facilities, by keeping current with new technologies, by improving our teaching abilities, curriculum and by maintaining the vital and necessary connection with our industry base.

Our mission is in concert with the broader mission of Appalachian State University, which speaks to offering a well-rounded liberal education and an opportunity to pursue a special field of inquiry.


Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:28am
This year our students won awards in two prestigious graphic communications competitions, the PICA...
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:32pm
In April 2014 six students, who are members of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 2:59pm
In 2012, Dr. Kevin R. Howell, a professor at Appalachian State University, was appointed as...
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Dr. George Glisan
Distinguished Professor & Program Coordinator

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