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Surface Imaging (M.S.)

Program Director: Hitoshi Ujiie


The M.S. in Surface Imaging offers students the opportunity to develop imagery for various physical forms using a variety of printing technologies. Students will explore direct surface imaging on diverse porous and non-porous substrates. Fabrication printing, including material subtraction and deposition printing technologies (laser and enhanced 3D printing), also become a significant part of the program. The program focuses on the integrations of (1) design & creativity, (2) printing technology and applied engineering and (3) innovative business systems to prepare future leaders for the imaging industry.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goal: Visual Communication Skill for Surface Imaging
Graduates of the M.S. in Surface Imaging will be able to:

  • Analyze the social symbiosis of political, economical and cultural factors, which influence design trends and develop design concepts for the future.
  • Apply design concepts to the principals of form and function to create positive aesthetic results.

Goal: Crafted Control
Graduates of the M.S. in Surface Imaging will be able to:

  • Comprehend and apply various printing processes and coloration systems to create printed designs that demonstrate Crafted Mechanical Control.
  • Identify technological limitations and possibilities of the latest surface printing systems to summarize and propose the systems for future industry.

Goal: Transdisciplinary Integrations (with design, applied engineering and commerce)
Graduates of the M.S. in Surface Imaging will be able to:

  • Identify surface imaging supply chains including ideation, product development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales
  • Analyze conceptual surface imaging supply chain models
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial leadership in the field of surface imaging

Goal: Research
Graduates of the M.S. in Surface Imaging will be able to:

  • Participate in applied research including design movements, materiality, applied engineering and new commerce opportunities to expand the knowledge of surface imaging.
  • Participate in partnership with industry related projects.

Program Description

The M.S. in Surface Imaging does not adhere to the traditional boundaries of a concentrated design discipline. It incorporates a variety of design, business and engineering components that enrich and diversify the learning experience. Students are able to communicate their concepts through printed and/or fabricated design, business plans and models, and mechanical explorations that will amplify future opportunities as imaging specialists.

The curriculum provides new learning environments that extend beyond the boundaries of existing traditional academic fields and reinforces “new ways of thinking” to provide innovative opportunities in a wide range of professional fields.

In support of Nexus Learning, the Surface Imaging curriculum incorporates real-world projects that stress critical thinking and problem solving skills through teamwork, collaboration and connections with industry partners. The program also requires industry-driven projects, where interdisciplinary problem solving plays a major roll in the learning process. The Surface Imaging Program will find intersections with the current design, business and engineering graduate programs at Philadelphia University to foster a range of interdisciplinary group work.

Curriculum Sequence

The M.S. in Surface Imaging program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework including 30 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of a designated elective. The program is structured to take in a new cohort every summer semester except for those who are admitted with Advanced Standing. Students can complete the program in 16 months.

iMBF-504 Accounting 1.5 *
iMBF-505 Finance 1.5 *
MSSI-500 Surface Imaging Design Foundation
MSSI-601 Surface Imaging Design I 3
MSSI-602  Introduction to Material Science for Surface Imaging 3
MSSI-607 Printing Technology for Surface Imaging 3
MSSI-700  Transdisciplinary Project I 3
MSSI-701 Surface Imaging Design II 3
XXX Designated Elective 3
MSSI-800 Surface Imaging Master Project  9
Options for Designated Electives:
iMBA-759 Entrepreneurship (3 credit)
MSSI-702 Transdisciplinary Project II (3 credit)
MSSI-791 Internship for Surface Imaging (3 credit)
MSSI-798 Independent Study for Surface Imaging (3 credit)
( ) Study Abroad Short Course (3 credit)
( ) Elective Studio (3 credit)
*Students with a business education/background may waive this requirement if admitted with Advanced Standing.