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Print Media Emphasis at PSU Print Media 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 Print Media emphasis features the latest methods and practices of today’s industry. With this emphasis, you will learn all facets of graphics input, manipulation, and output as applied to modern print products and the larger scope of the graphics industry.

Emphasis Courses:

Print File Preparation and Preflight
Printing Technologies
Specialty Graphics
Publication Graphics
Packaging Graphics
Digital and Variable Data Technologies
Graphics Cost Analysis and Estimating
Color Reproduction

Tips for Students Considering Print Media

Jobs in the Graphic Communications industry continue to increase in complexity. This requires students to have specific knowledge and skill sets that include communication, math, computer literacy, critical thinking and problem solving. The Graphic Communications industry is looking for graduates in good standing from qualified baccalaureate programs with solid training.
Math skills: As a print professional you will need good basic math skills when computing percentages, weights, measures and when calculating the amount of ink and paper needed to produce a job.
Communication skills: As a prepress worker you will need good communication skills to effectively discuss with clients about the complex details of a printing order from concept to completion.

Computer skills: As the printing process is largely computer-based, you will need extensive computer and software knowledge.
Detail oriented: If you are the kind of person who insists on doing things well with close attention to detail, this emphasis could be a great match as you will need to identify and fix problems with accurate precision.

Mechanical skills: Printing press operations require that you be comfortable working with large equipment. Mechanical aptitude is also important for print bindery and finishing workers, who use complicated binding mechanisms.

Career Paths in Print Media

Employers in today’s market are looking for people with technical skills like those taught in the Print Media emphasis. As a graduate from this program, you will be qualified for various employment positions across the industry. These positions are in high demand. They require resourcefulness and trouble shooting skills that you will gain as part of the Print Media curriculum.

Career opportunities for Print Media graduates range from traditional commercial printing companies to sign and wide format vinyl graphics companies. Depending on your preference, many challenging and exciting options are available in the extremely versatile world of Print Media.

Typical Positions/Areas in Print Media:

Printing Press Supervisor
Digital Press Technician
Shipping/Distribution Manager
Die Cutting Operator
Bindery Technician
Purchasing Agent
Ink Technician
Color Control Consultant
Wide-Format Ink Jet Operator
Quality Control Technician
Screen Printer
Technical Service Representative
Production Artist
Direct Mail Coordinator

Typical Employers in Print Media:

Commercial Printing Companies
Wholesale Paper Suppliers
Ink Companies
In-Plant Printing Facilities
RIP Software Manufacturers
Sign Companies
Publishing Companies
Packaging Companies
Trade Binderies
Color Consultant Groups

Companies Recruiting PSU Graphic Communications Majors

A wide range of companies recruit PSU Graphic Communications graduates. These companies are regional, national and international. From small companies to large organizations, many opportunities await within these companies.

The Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department puts an emphasis on industry relations in order to keep an avenue open for you upon graduation. Companies understand the quality of a Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Print Media from Pittsburg State. These corporate partners know that those graduates will be an asset to their production work flow.  

Boelte-Hall Inc. Henry Wurst, Inc. Jock’s Nitch
Allen Press, Inc. R.R. Donnelly, Inc. Names and Numbers
Stouse, Inc. Sun Graphics Pittcraft Printing
Xerox Corporation Ward/Kraft, Inc. Quad Graphics
A&O Signs and Graphics Berry Plastics Corporation Huhtamaki, Inc

GIT General 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.