Graphic Communication

Program Goals

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

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) 4-YEAR DEGREE
APPLIED ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 
Graphic Communication CONCENTRATION

The Graphic Communication concentration within this four-year 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.

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Requirements

Graphic Communications

ASSOCIATE OF TECHNOLOGY (A.T.) 2-YEAR DEGREE
APPLIED ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 
Graphic Communication CONCENTRATION

The Graphic Communication concentration within this two-year 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.

Requirements

Graphic Communications

MINOR IN Graphic Communication
Students minoring in Graphic Communication will 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.

Requirements
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A DEGREE IN APPLIED ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, Graphic Communication:
  • Companies within the graphic communication industry offer competitive starting salary packages compared to other fields.
  • Pennsylvania is one of the top-ten leading states in total number of graphic communication employees.
  • 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.
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Graphic Communication internships combine the student's academic, technical and management preparation with actual on-the-job experiences in packaging 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 supervising in 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.

LABORATORY FACILITIES FOR AETM Graphic Communication MAJORS:

There are several laboratory facilities dedicated to Graphic Communication:

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

Self-reported job titles from a recent alumni survey:

  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Account Representative
  • Associate
  • Associate Manager
  • Client Service Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Design Assistant
  • Design Associate
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Sales
  • Graphic Lead
  • Graphic Services Coordinator
  • Photographer/Graphic Artist/Fine Arit Printer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Print Support Manager
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Service Delivery Representative
  • Service Quality Analyst
  • Structural & Graphic Designer
  • Structural Designer
  • Vice President
  • Vice President/Account Management