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Graphic Design Emphasis at PSUGraphic Design Emphasis

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.

Emphasis Courses:

Web Graphics Software
Web and Motion Graphics
Print File Preparation and Preflighting
Visual Thinking: 2D Processes
Drawing 1

Tips for Students Considering Graphic Design

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.

Career Paths in Graphic Design

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.

Typical Positions/Areas in Graphic Design:

Print Design Specialist
Layout Artist
Advertising Designer
Publication Designer
In-House Corporate Designer
Signage and Outdoor Design and Advertising
Photo Software Editor
Medical Graphics Specialist
Web/Interactive Graphics
Packaging Designer
Freelance Designer
Motion Graphics Designer
Social Media Graphics Specialist
Direct Mail and Data-Based Marketing Designer

Typical Employers in Graphic Design:

Commercial Printing Companies
Advertising Agencies
In-House Corporate Design Department
Design Studios/Consulting Firms
Architectural Firms
Web Design Businesses
Sign Companies
Mobile App Developers
Motion Graphics Firms

Companies Recruiting PSU Graphic Design Majors

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:

Boelte-Hall Inc. Ward Kraft Inc. Sprint Publications and Advertising
Pitsco Leggett & Platt Millers Professional Imaging
Hallmark Names and Numbers Huhtamaki, Inc
Henry Wurst, Inc. KOAM TV
R.R. Donnelly, Inc. Bernstein Rein

GIT Info for Students

Graphics and Imaging Technologies

Every 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.

Read more about Gamma Epsilon Tau, a national co-ed collegiate graphics arts honors fraternity. Gamma Epsilon Tau

Read more about Graphic Arts Club, include activities such as fund raising/field trip projects, guest speakers presentations, and socializing events.

The degree offered by GIT highlights our strong connections to the graphic communication industry.  Read more...

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.