Digital and Print Media Technology (BAS)
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Overview


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology offers students, who have graduated from a community college or technical college with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, an opportunity to pursue a professional career path and extend their education. The A.A.S. degree must have a technical emphasis related to graphics and imaging and a minimum GPA of 2.50. Students with an earned A.A.S. degree can transfer up to 64 college credits. After taking an additional approximately 60 hours from Pittsburg State University, students graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) with a major in Technology and an emphasis in Digital and Print Media.

The coursework needed to complete the B.A.S. provides hands-on experiences for a real-world job. In addition, this program gives additional orientation to the graphics industry, theory, logic, leadership, and marketing skills, in preparation for professional opportunities.

Degree completion requirements may vary based upon the student’s Associate of Applied Science degree. Consult an academic advisor in the Graphics and Imaging Technologies department for specific degree requirements.

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  • Career Options

Coursework taken at PSU is design to supplement the technical coursework taken by the student during the Associate Degree. PSU coursework includes courses in General Education, Business, Technical Organization and Leadership, and Technical Support Electives.

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. In this fast-paced industry, you will have the cutting-edge skills employers are looking for and an advantage over the competition.

As a graduate of the Digital Media program, your career opportunities will vary and continue to grow as technology advances. Depending on your preference, many challenging and exciting options are available in the extremely versatile world of Digital Media:

Typical Positions/Areas in Digital Media:

  • Photographer
  • Photo Stager
  • Videographer
  • Video Editor
  • Post-Production Editor
  • Post-Effects Specialist
  • Motion Graphic Artists
  • Audio Editors
  • 3D Modeler
  • 3D Animator

Typical Employers in Digital Media:

  • Game Design Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • In-House Corporate Design Department
  • Design Studios/Consulting Firms
  • Education
  • Architectural Firms
  • Web Design Firms
  • Film and Effects Studios
  • Photography Studios
  • Motion Graphics Companies

About Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department


The B.S.T. in Graphic Communications is a 120-credit Graphic Communications Degree that can be completed in four years of full-time study. Students are asked to declare one of the following areas of emphasis: Digital Media, Graphic Design, Graphics Management, Print Media, Packaging Graphics, or Web/Interactive Media.

All six areas of emphasis within the Graphic Communications program share a core curriculum, classes necessary for the field of graphic communications. In addition to these classes, each of the six distinct areas have specific emphasis and support courses, to round out the major, as well as elective graphics classes, allowing students to customize their degree.

The curriculum offered by the GIT department is under constant review and is always updated to ensure students get exposure to contemporary changes in this dynamic field.


A message from the Chair (February 22, 2021):

On Friday, February 19, 2021, Pittsburg State University issued a news release titled "University makes recommendations on future of programs". This article was also released by the Morning Sun newspaper. The article provides information on recommendations to the Kansas Board of Regents for continuation and discontinuation of programs at Pittsburg State University.

In the article, a number of programs are listed as being discontinued by the university. The first program listed is Graphic Design. There has been some confusion and concern about this listing and how this affects the current Graphic Design emphasis and the Graphics and Imaging Technologies department (GIT) at PSU.

The Graphic Design program being discontinued is the former Commercial Graphics degree that has not be offered for many years. In 2010, the degree offerings in the GIT department were consolidated from two separate majors into one major with multiple emphasis areas. Students who began under the old Commercial Graphics major were allowed to graduate as a Commercial Graphics major. No new students began this degree after 2011. Now that all students have graduated under the old Commercial Graphics major, this major is being discontinued. The Graphic Design referenced in the article was an internal code used for the Commercial Graphics major and is no longer being used, which is why it is being discontinued.

The current Graphic Design emphasis and all emphasis areas and degree offerings in the Graphics and Imaging Technologies department are strong, vital parts of the total degree offerings at PSU and have been recommended for continuation by the administration. There is no discussion in any form of reducing, eliminating, or discontinuing the current degree offerings within the Graphics and Imaging Technologies department.

The GIT department serves over 150 majors and 70 minors with a 95% placement rate for our graduates. The GIT faculty are dedicated to developing new courses and curriculum to provide relevant educational experiences that meet the needs of the graphics industry. In 2018, the Graphic Communications degree was fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications.

For more information about this article or additional information about the current Graphics and Imaging Technologies degree offerings, please contact Doug Younger, GIT Interim Chair at dyounger@pittstate.edu or at 620-235-4420.


 

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