The core curriculum within the Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) department includes courses common among all of our six emphasis areas. These courses are primarily introductory classes, which provide basic information you will need to succeed in the graphics industry including fundamental software skills. Additionally, there are also two upper-division classes within the core curriculum, an internship and a capstone class. The Graphic Design emphasis blends the art and creative side with the technical aspects of graphics production while also including the study and application of design fundamentals.
Web Graphics SoftwarePhotographyWeb and Motion Graphics Print File Preparation and PreflightingVisual Thinking: 2D ProcessesDrawing 1
Modern Graphic Design is a challenging and expanding area of expertise. It calls for a mix of highly developed skills and talents including design, history, marketing and sociology. Today’s graphic designers work on every aspect of graphics from planning to completed project - for every kind of printed or electronically delivery platform. The curriculum in Graphic Design at PSU offers you the opportunity to hone your skills and talents with a combination of required and elective classes that can be customized to your particular strengths. Classes include high level training in design, conventional art skills, software skills, marketing knowledge and professional practice. Each class is equipped with up to date hardware and software used every day by the world’s graphic design experts.
Upon graduation, you will be qualified for a variety of positions across multiple areas of the graphics industry including, but not limited to, entertainment, business, advertising and education. Opportunities are vast. Employers are looking for trained people with current skills, problem solving abilities and design training. This degree will provide creative and motivated individuals with all of these skills to be successful.Career opportunities for Graphic Design graduates vary and continue to grow as technology advances. Below is a list of positions and places where trained Graphic Design graduates are needed.
Print Design SpecialistLayout ArtistAdvertising DesignerPublication DesignerIn-House Corporate DesignerSignage and Outdoor Design and AdvertisingPhoto Software EditorMedical Graphics SpecialistWeb/Interactive GraphicsPackaging DesignerFreelance DesignerMotion Graphics DesignerSocial Media Graphics SpecialistDirect Mail and Data-Based Marketing Designer
Commercial Printing CompaniesAdvertising AgenciesIn-House Corporate Design DepartmentDesign Studios/Consulting FirmsArchitectural Firms Web Design BusinessesSign CompaniesMobile App DevelopersMotion Graphics Firms
As the need for Graphic Design specialists expands, so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphic Communications graduates. The Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department emphasizes industry relations for the benefit of our graduates. These regional, national and international companies understand the superior quality of a Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from PSU. Industry leaders know that our graduates will have the skills to get the job done right and the creative minds to produce projects that generate profits.From small companies to large organizations, many opportunities await you at corporate partners such as these:
INTERNSHIPSEvery student in the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies completes a 320 hour, supervised internship. The internship provides students with invaluable, real work experiences that are difficult, if not impossible, to recreate in the classroom.CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONSRead more about Gamma Epsilon Tau, a national co-ed collegiate graphics arts honors fraternity.
Read more about Graphic Arts Club, include activities such as fund raising/field trip projects, guest speakers presentations, and socializing events.
PROSPECTS FOR GRADUATESThe degree offered by GIT highlights our strong connections to the graphic communication industry. Read more...SCHOLARSHIPSIn 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.