Graphic Design

Graphic Design Degree Emphasis

Graphic Design Undergraduate Degree Emphasis

The core curriculum within the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) includes courses common among all of our 6 emphasis areas. These courses are primarily introductory classes that provide students with the basic information and fundamental software skills that they need to succeed in the graphics industry. Within the core curriculum, there are also 2 upper division classes, an internship, and a capstone class. 

The Graphic Design emphasis blends the artistic and creative with the technical aspects of graphics production while also including the study and application of design fundamentals.

The courses within this emphasis are listed below:

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

Graphic Design major distinctives

Modern Graphic Design is a challenging and expanding area of expertise. It calls for a mix of highly developed skills and knowledge 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 delivered platform.

The curriculum in Graphic Design at PSU offers students the opportunity to hone their talents with a combination of required and elective classes that can be customized to their 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 Options for Graphic Design majors

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 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

Internship and research opportunities for 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 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 take a selection of classes to complete Graphic Design emphasis.

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Students take a selection of classes to complete Graphic Design minor.

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