Graphics Management

Graphics Management Degree Emphasis

Graphics Management 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 Graphics Management emphasis focuses on the business and executive aspects of graphic communications. Courses reflect current technology and applications and also include training in management, sales, customer service, estimating, production control and workflow scheduling.

The courses within this emphasis are listed below:

  • Print File Preparation and Preflight
  • Printing Technologies
  • Graphics Cost Analysis and Estimating
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Color Reproduction
  • Graphics Administration
  • Industrial Supervision

Graphics Management major distinctives

Jobs in the Graphics Management industry continue to increase in complexity. This requires students to have specific knowledge and skill sets that include verbal and written communication, mathematical ability, computer literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills. The graphic communications industry is looking for graduates in good standing from qualified baccalaureate programs.

Math skills: Graphics managers use basic math when computing percentages, weights, and measurements, and when estimating, accounting, and scheduling.

Communication skills: Graphics managers in particular need strong communication skills in order to successfully communicate the goals and objectives of their company, and to ensure that those goals and objectives are met. Graphics managers are responsible for varying levels of client communication to successfully meet project demands.

Computer skills: As the graphics industry is entirely computer-based, graphics managers need to have advanced computer skills in multiple areas and platforms. Knowledge in computer software ranges from graphic software to business software.

Detail-oriented mindset: Graphics managers must be detail-oriented and concerned about providing top quality work. In addition, they must always strive to ensure the most effective and efficient operations for their departments and companies.

Responsible nature: Graphics managers must be comfortable with all aspects of input, manipulation, and output and be prepared to step in as needed to ensure the work is produced on time and at a high level of quality.

The PSU Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies guides students to develop and hone each of these industry-desired skills.

Career Options for Graphics Management majors

Employers in all areas of graphics are looking for people with leadership skills like those taught in the Graphics Management emphasis. As a graduate from this program, you will be qualified for various management positions across the industry. These positions are continually in high demand. They require resourcefulness and interpersonal skills that are central to the Graphics Management curriculum.

Career opportunities for Graphics Management graduates can be found in any of the varied graphics categories of the industry. Depending on your preference, many challenging and exciting options are available.

Typical Positions/Areas in Graphics Management:

  • Production Manager
  • Color Quality Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Account Manager
  • Estimator
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Graphics Consultant
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Production Scheduler

Typical Employers in Graphics Management:

  • Commercial Printing Companies
  • Wholesale Paper Suppliers
  • In-House Corporate Design Department
  • In-Plant Printing Facilities
  • Design Studios/Consulting Firms
  • Sign Companies
  • Publishing Companies
  • Packaging Companies
  • Trade Binderies
  • Game Design Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Architectural Firms
  • Web Design Businesses
  • Mobile App Developers
  • Motion Graphics Firms

Internship and research opportunities for Graphics Management majors

As the need for Graphics Management 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 Graphics Management from PSU. Industry leaders know that as a PSU graduate, you will be an asset to their production workflow.

From small companies to large organizations, many opportunities await you at corporate partners such as these:

  • Boelte-Hall Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Henry Wurst, Inc.
  • R. Donnelly, Inc.
  • Sprint Publications and Advertising
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Ward/Kraft Inc.
  • Allen Press, Inc.
  • Names and Numbers
  • Post-Press Specialties
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Berry Plastics Corporation
  • Huhtamaki, Inc
  • Stouse, Inc.


Students take a selection of classes to complete Graphics Management emphasis.

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