Master Surface Design Skills at Philadelphia University

Surface design is a fast-growing career niche because the definition of “printing” today extends well beyond ink on paper. Today, digital printing and finishing equipment can be used to custom decorate the surfaces of all sorts of 2D and 3D products, including displays, packaging, textiles, glass, ceramics, garments, signs, objects, and wallcoverings. Plus, 2D documents, photographs, and artwork can be digitally embellished with coatings that add surface textures.

The accelerating adoption of “fabrication printing” equipment within industries, commercial printing firms, and surface design studios will create new career paths in interior design, apparel design, experiential graphic design, and related fields.

To meet the growing demand for surface designers and creative technologists who understand what’s possible with fabrication printing technologies, Philadelphia University has created an M.S. in Surface Imaging degree. The M.S. in Surface Imaging program at Philadelphia University is now accepting new degree candidates for 2017-2018. This one-year program will start May 16 2017. Successful students graduate the following summer, 2017.


The Surface Imaging program at Philadelphia University uses a variety of state-of-the-art digital printing technologies at the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging. By applying your existing skills in painting, drawing, photography and printmaking skills, you will learn how to create new types of products through “fabrication printing” technologies including additive material deposition and laser engraving.

To learn more about the program, you can visit the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging and see the types of projects that students have completed in previous year.


The curriculum includes courses in surface imaging design, printing technology, and material and polymer science. Coursework also focuses on entrepreneurship and business plan creation so you can integrate design, applied engineering, and business skills as a “TechCreative” in the fast-changing printing business.

As a student in the Surfacing Imaging program, you will gain professional  experience through  research-based projects with industry partners. These projects stress critical thinking and problem-solving skills through teamwork and collaboration. You will also gain extensive experience working on interdisciplinary projects using advanced technology and design solutions.

Students also will have access to the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging, which has been supported by international imaging industries, including printer manufacturers, ink formulators and software developers.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. For more information, visit and download the program information sheet.