Graphic Communications

Graphic Communications Degree

Graphic Communications Undergraduate Degree

In the dynamic global business of graphic communications, today’s graduate needs both a broad-based skill set and an in-depth understanding of digital media, design, graphics management, print output, packaging and web/interactive media. Our program combines theory and critical thinking with practical applications to the world of graphic communications. With a choice of six different areas of emphasis, this major is flexible and allows individuals to choose their emphasis to fit their own strengths and interests.  

Our program’s curriculum accurately reflects the needs and growth opportunities in the field of graphic communications. Through class assignments, technology training, internship opportunities, and capstone class experiences, students learn from experienced faculty and industry experts to become proficient in one of the world’s biggest industries–the world of graphics.

Why Pitt State?

The amazing pace of technological innovation continues to transform the graphic communications industry. Today’s companies and organizations require dynamic graphic communications leaders to take advantage of the expanding opportunities available; the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies’, Graphic Communications major is designed to prepare students for these opportunities. Our program’s classes cover a multitude of graphics related careers, allowing students interested in many areas of graphics, from the artistic to business side, to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their chosen emphasis.  

The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies has a proven history that spans over 100 years. GIT graduates have the advantage of completing one of the most innovative and comprehensive Graphic Communications programs in the country.

Capstone classes

For a creative experience students take Senior Project for their capstone class. In this class students create a large scale campaign, which may include print, web, video, photography, or interactive projects.

Instead of Senior Project, production minded students take Production Graphics. In this class students will work on actual projects that are produced for clients inside the College of Technology.

Internships

Every student in the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies completes a 320 hour, supervised internship. The internship provides students with invaluable, real-world experiences that are difficult, if not impossible, to recreate in the classroom. 

Clubs and organizations

The Iota Chapter of Gamma Epsilon
Tau
 (GET) is an honors fraternity open by invitation only to graphics majors and minors maintaining a minimum of 3.25 GPA. They complete service activities for the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies.

The purpose of Graphic Arts
Club
 (GAC) is the study and evaluation of new developments in the graphic arts industry. The club is open to all PSU students and enjoys activities such as industry tours, attending conferences, and community service projects using their graphics skill sets.

Prospects for graduates

The degree offered by GIT highlights our strong connections to the graphic communications industry. We make it a priority to nurture our professional network for the benefit of students and the school. Our students have achieved leadership positions at some of the best graphics businesses in the world, in the fields of advertising, marketing, printing, customer relations, sales, design and production. 

Admission

The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies at Pittsburg State University undergraduate program requires no additional documentation, other than that required by the University for general admission. For detailed information on admission requirements visit: www.pittstate.edu/admission/.

Financial aid

By combining a quality education with an affordable price, Pittsburg State University offers an exceptional value compared to other universities–for both in and out-of-state students. Keeping tuition costs down is just one of the ways we make Pitt State affordable for a wide range of families.

Financial aid is also available on a need-based or merit basis. Visit our Affordability web page, www.pittstate.edu/affordablity, to find out about our flat rate tuition plan that lets you add extra credit hours for no additional cost.

Scholarships

In addition to University and other scholarships available, each year GIT awards 20 or more departmental scholarships. To apply for those and to find more information and opportunities contact our main office, 620-235-4419 or email Donna Martin, dmartin@pittstate.edu.

For transfer students

The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies offers a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology with an emphasis in Print and Digital Media. This degree is offered for anyone who has completed an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from a participating community college or technical college. Eligible students are guaranteed their credit hours will transfer to PSU.

 

Major

Students in the Graphic Communications major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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Emphasis

Students have an option to choose between these emphasis:

Digital Media Graphic Design Graphics Management Packaging Graphics Print Media Web/Interactive Media
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