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, packaging and web/interactive media.  Our program combines theory and critical thinking with practical applications to the work of graphic communications.  With a choice of six different areas of emphasis, this major is flexible and allows individuals to customize their studies 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 experience, students learn from experienced faculty and industry experts to become proficient.

Graphic Communications major distinctives

The amazing pace of technology 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 Graphics and Imaging Technologies, Graphic Communications major is designed to prepare students for these opportunities.  Our program's classes cover every aspect of graphics related careers, allowing students interested in any area 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 (GIT) has 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.

Career Options for Graphic Communications

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. If you are creative and motivated, this degree will provide you with all of these skills to be successful.

Career opportunities for Graphic Communications graduates vary and continue to grow as technology advances. Below is a list of positions and places where trained graduates are needed.

Typical Positions:

  • 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

Internship and research opportunities

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 your benefit.

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 as a PSU graduate, you have the skills to get the job done right and the creative mind 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.
  • Pitsco
  • Hallmark
  • Henry Wurst, Inc.
  • R. Donnelly, Inc.
  • Ward Kraft Inc.
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Names and Numbers
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Sprint Publications and Advertising
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Huhtamaki, Inc


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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Students have an option to choose between these emphasis:

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