Major Overview

Do you know the difference between Arial and Times New Roman font? Do you believe a picture says 1,000 words? If so, you might be interested in Graphic Communications.

This degree will prepare you for a career manufacturing and distributing graphic communication products. You will take classes on photography, animation, web and graphic design, screen printing, and digital imaging in order to introduce you to the production processes of the different types of graphic communications.

Graphic Communications is a broad topic, so students have the option to specialize in specific areas including Printing Management, Desktop Publishing, Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Graphic and Printing Equipment Operation, General Production, Platemaker/Imager, Printing Press Operation, and Computer Typography and Composition Equipment Operation.

Required Skills

Those who excel in Graphic Communications are creative, artistically talented, and have strong computer skills. Graphic communicators must develop unique and interesting ideas while possessing the skills to make their ideas a reality. Professionals must also have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work as part of a team to finish products.

Work environments vary depending on the type of career graduates pursue. Multimedia artists, animators, and digital imagers may be self-employed and set their own work hours or decide to work for a company. No matter where you work long hours are typical while working on projects. On the other hand, those interested in careers such as printing management, Platemaker/Imager, and Printing Press Operation will work a more typical workweek.

An internship or summer job will be beneficial to students interested in pursuing a career in Graphic Communications. This will allow students to build a portfolio and gain experience to give them an advantage when looking for a job after graduation.

Careers

There are many career options available to Graphic Communications graduates. Some graduates have decided to pursue a career as a multimedia artist or animator within the movie industry while other have decided to work for video game companies or as a freelancer. This degree will prepare you for any type of career within graphic communications.

Depending on the career path within Graphic Communications, job prospects vary. Careers dealing with the printing process are declining moderately while careers dealing with multimedia and graphics are increasing at an average rate.

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Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Graphic Communications might open up.

Data Entry Keyers
Desktop Publishers
Etchers and Engravers
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Prepress Technicians and Workers
Printing Press Operators
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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