Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication

Program Goals

Graphic communication is a multifaceted industry, with a wide range of career opportunities in fields such as print production, digital publishing and design, and web-based media. This highly technical industry employs men and women working as prepress/premedia specialists, researchers, press operators, technicians, sales people, customer service representatives, photographers, package engineers, quality control specialists, production supervisors and managers.

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Applied Engineering and Technology Management

The Graphic Communication concentration provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are relevant for careers in the graphic communication industry. Courses provide technical preparation in print media, web-based publishing, design principles, digital imaging, desktop publishing, color theory, packaging, print production, and research and development. In addition to technical classes, management coursework makes up a significant part of the degree requirements. Graduates of this program typically find employment in planning and estimating, customer relations, digital production, sales, and quality control.

Click here to view a typical 4-year program of study. This is provided for reference only. You will work closely with your advisor to determine the best way for you to complete your degree.


Graphic Communications

Associate of Technology (A.T.)

Applied Engineering and Technology

The Graphic Communication concentration within this program provides students with the same basic technical coursework as the AETM program, but without courses in management. Graduates of this degree concentration typically find employment in all technical phases of the industry, from pre-press through post-press operations, including design and layout, and desktop publishing.


Graphic Communications

Minor in Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication minor students complete 18 credits of technical courses. Three of these are core graphics classes and then students choose three technical courses like digital imaging, desktop publishing, packaging, research and development, and contemporary printing.


AETM Program Coordinator

Email Dr. Snyder

Dr. Mark Snyder is the program coordinator for the Applied Engineering & Technology Management program. Please email Dr. Snyder if you have any questions about the AETM program, or if you would like more information.
His email address is

Top Three Reasons

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Graphic Communications at Millersville U:

  1. Companies within the graphic communication industry offer competitive starting salary packages compared to other fields.
  2. Pennsylvania is one of the top ten leading states in total number of graphic communication employees.
  3. Printing is the second largest manufacturing industry in the United States with regard to number of establishments.

Source: Printing Industries of America, Compensation Report 2013


There are several laboratory facilities dedicated to graphic communication.

  • Digital Publishing
  • Print Production
  • Package Engineering
  • Research and Development

GComm Grads Become:

  • Prepress Technican
  • Production Manager
  • Senior Quality Analyst
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Director of Sales
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Services Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative

Internship Opportunities

Graphic communication internships combine the student's academic, technical and management preparation with actual on-the-job experiences in design, premedia, and print production facilities. Internships have a significant management component and students are required to engage in management-related activities such as planning, organizing, directing, and supervision at the workplace. The student, the employer, and the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology faculty work cooperatively to assure the internship experience achieves the best possible learning value.


The Applied Engineering & Technology Management degrees
are accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).