The RIT TAGA student chapter is an organization committed to furthering student knowledge and involvement surrounding the technical aspects of the graphic arts. The organization provides a unique venue for collaboration and is comprised of a diverse array of majors within photography, design, printing, and publishing. Majors include: fine arts photography, biomedical photography, photojournalism, graphic design, new media design, new media publishing, graphic/visual media, and print media.

Throughout the year, RIT TAGA participates in numerous activities with the goal of enhancing student education in the graphic arts. Activities include screen-printing fundraisers, industry guest speakers, and technology demonstrations. At the heart of it all is the publication of a technical journal of student research. The journal publication process gives students invaluable hands-on experience in content editing, design, pre-press, production, and project management.

Each year, the journal is entered into a student publication competition at the TAGA Annual Technical Conference. In 2009, the 61st ATC was held in New Orleans, Louisiana and focused on today’s leading graphic arts technologies and tomorrow’s innovations. RIT TAGA competed against six other universities and took home the Helmut Kipphan Cup for Best Overall Publication and also Attendee’s Choice!

RIT TAGA is a student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphics Arts (TAGA)— a “global professional technical association for the graphic arts industries.” The mission of TAGA is “to provide a worldwide forum for sharing and disseminating theoretical, functional and practical information on current and emerging technologies for Graphic Arts print production and related processes.” For more information about the parent association visit www.taga.org.