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The core curriculum within the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) includes courses common among all of our six emphasis areas. These courses are primarily introductory classes that provide students with the basic information needed to succeed in the graphics industry. Within the core curriculum, there are also two 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 also include training in management, sales, customer service, estimating, production control and work-flow scheduling.
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, 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 objects of their company and to ensure they 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: 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.
Accept responsibility: Graphics managers must be comfortable with all aspects of input, manipulation and output and be prepared to step in as needed to insure the work is produced on time and at a high level of quality.
The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies guides students to develop and hone each of these industry-desired skills.
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 part of the Graphics Management curriculum.
Career opportunities for Graphics Management graduates can be found in any of the varied graphics categories in our industry. Depending on your preference, many challenging and exciting options are available.
As the need for Graphics Management specialists expands so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphic Communications graduates. The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies 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 Graphics Management from PSU. Industry leaders know that those graduates will be an asset to their production workflow.
Students take a selection of classes to complete Graphics Management emphasis.