Production Schedules

Sufficient lead time is needed for the creative process and to manage the volume of project requests we receive daily. Production times vary depending on the nature and complexity of the project and our workload.

Please keep in mind that we will adhere to a maximum of three proofs per design project. Limiting proofs assists in managing staff time and reduces the introduction of errors. It requires more comprehensive editing when preparing the text for your project and the careful review of each proof.

Consider the following general guidelines when submitting your project request.

Type of Project

Design Time

Printing Time

Postcard 1-2 weeks 1 week
Program (text flowed into existing template) 1-2 weeks 1-2 weeks
Program (new design) 1-3 weeks 1-2 weeks
Existing Project Revision
(small changes to text or photos)
1-3 weeks 1-3 weeks
Poster design 1-2 weeks 2-3 days
Newsletter 2-4 weeks 1-2 weeks
Brochure 3-4 weeks 1-3 weeks
View books, annual reports 6-8 weeks
(some projects may require 8-12 weeks depending upon scope and complexity)
2-3 weeks
Invitation Package 2-3 weeks 1-2 weeks
Banners 1-2 weeks 1-2 weeks (depending on vendor)

As a general rule, please allow at least six weeks from start to finish; longer for more complex projects and those that require College Communications to provide copywriting, photography or artwork.

  • Two weeks for text editing, layout and design.
  • Two weeks for proofreading, revisions and approvals.
  • Two weeks for printing.

These production timelines assume final, approved text is submitted to College Communications on the requested due date, prompt review and proofreading by the client when notified, as well as final approval in one or two days. A longer approval time will add to the production timeline. That time cannot be made up by the designer or printer.

During peak months (June-September), additional time may be needed to complete projects. Conversely, College Communications may be able to accommodate requests with shorter production times during slower periods.