Web/Interactive Media
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Overview


The Web/ Interactive Media emphasis provides students with development and design skills for creating user centered, interactive content for all types of web and mobile devices.

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 graphic communications industry. Within the core curriculum, there are also two upper-division classes, an internship and a capstone class.

Web/ Interactive Media Emphasis Courses:

  • Web Graphics Software
  • Audio/Video Software
  • Web Site Design
  • Web and Motion Graphics
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Mobile Media Development
  • Web Content Management Systems

Tips for Students Considering Web Design

The curriculum in the Web/Interactive Media emphasis combines graphic communications design theory with technical skills and creativity. Students will learn the development and design skills needed to create engaging and visually stunning user experiences.

 Students will develop a wide variety of skills for creating compelling interactive solutions for web design, development, animation, advertising, mobile apps and digital publishing. They gain basic knowledge in mathematics, design, critical thinking, and problem solving along with the technical know-how to quickly advance in this exciting and fast growing industry.

Students learn in-demand, advanced skills for designing web and interactive projects using authoring languages such as: HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and PHP programing. In addition, they learn how to develop strategies for using different web tools, technologies and include social media platforms to build professional client branding campaigns.

Also within this area of emphasis is a robust body of training in developing 2D animated sequences, other motion graphics and the building of user interfaces as applied to web and interactive projects. 

Career Paths in Web Design

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 the ever-changing world of Interactive website Design, graduating from this web design program gives you the cutting edge skills employers are looking for, giving you an advantage over the competition.

Career opportunities for Web/ Interactive Media graduates vary and continue to grow as technology advances and the way we as a society create and consume information evolves. Below is a list of positions and places where trained Web/Interactive Media graduates are needed.

Typical Positions/Areas in Web Design

  • Information Architect
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Mobile Designer
  • Online Game Designer and
    Development
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Web Animator
  • Web Design & Developer
  • Web Programmer

Typical Employers in Web Design

  • Digital Media Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Design Studios/Consulting Firms
  • Architectural & Engineering Firms
  • Web Design Firms
  • Marketing & Social Media Agencies
  • Mobile App Developers
  • Motion Graphics Companies
  • In-House Corporate Design Department

Companies Recruiting PSU Graphic Communications Degree Majors

As the need for Interactive Website Design expands, so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphic Communication Degree graduates. These companies are regional, national and international. From small organizations to large corporations, many opportunities await you within a multitude of companies. 

The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies puts an emphasis on industry relations in order to keep an avenue open for you upon graduation. Companies understand the quality of the Web/ Interactive Media Emphasis from PSU. These corporate partners know that our graduates will not only have the skills to get the job done right, but the creative solutions to produce projects that generate profits.

  • Pitsco
  • Depco
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Limelight Marketing
  • Names and Numbers
  • KOAM TV
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Brighton Agency
  • Stouse Inc.
  • Ramsey Media Works
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Dimensional Innovations

 

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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