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The Digital Media emphasis focuses on digital graphics which include: digital photography, video and audio editing, special effects, 3D rendering and animation.

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.


Digital Media Emphasis Courses

  • Audio/Video Software
  • Photography
  • Product Photography
  • 3D Graphics
  • Portrait Photography
  • Digital Media Design
  • Commercial Photography
  • 3D Animation and Rendering


Tips for Students Considering Digital Media

Classes in the Digital Media emphasis combine the fundamentals of graphic communications design with technical skills and creativity. Together, students learn how to create, develop and distribute dynamic digitally generated graphics.

Starting with foundation software studies students quickly add studio photography, videography, video special effects, 3D rendering and animation to their list of practical skills and training. They gain knowledge of a vast array of other graphic technologies, and current industry trends and emerging technologies.

Students in this emphasis area, develop skills for applying fundamental principles of design and storytelling, while gaining hands-on experience in a variety of digital capturing equipment, digital editing applications and best practices for portraying a digital story.

Studies help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to create compelling digital projects that move audiences toward desired responses.


Career Paths in Digital Media

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.

Career opportunities for Digital Media graduates 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

  • Digital Media 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


Companies Recruiting PSU Graphic Communications Degree Majors

As the need for Digital Media specialists expands, so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphics 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 Digital Media from PSU. Industry leaders know that our graduates will have the skills to get the job done right and the creative minds to produce projects that generate profits.

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

  • Pitsco
  • Depco
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • The Quest TV
  • Season Chasers TV
  • Names and Numbers
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Sprint Publications and Advertising
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Dimensional Innovations
  • Ramsey Media Works

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 or at 620-235-4420.


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