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The Graphics Management emphasis focuses on the business and executive aspects of Graphic Communications Management. Courses reflect current technology and also include training in management, sales, customer service, estimating, production control and work-flow scheduling.  

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. 

Graphic Communication Management Emphasis Courses:

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

Tips for Students Considering Graphic Communication Management

Jobs in the Graphic Communications 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: Graphic Communication Managers use basic math when computing percentages, weights, measurements and when estimating, accounting and scheduling. 

Communication skills: Graphic Communication 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. Graphic Communication 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: Graphic Communication 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: Graphic Communication 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 Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies guides students to develop and hone each of these industry-desired skills.

Career Paths in Graphic Communication Management

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 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.

Typical Positions/Areas in Graphic Communication 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 Graphic Communication 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
  • Digital Media Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Architectural Firms
  • Web Design Businesses
  • Mobile App Developers
  • Motion Graphics Firms

Companies Recruiting PSU Graphic Communications 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 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.

  • Boelte-Hall Inc.
  • Ramsey Media Works
  • Henry Wurst, Inc.
  • Names and Numbers
  • Post-Press Specialties
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Dimensional Innovations
  • R.R. Donnelly, Inc.
  • Rand Graphics
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Ward/Kraft Inc.
  • Allen Press, Inc.
  • Stouse, Inc.



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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