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Graphic Communications

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The Graphic Communications curriculum prepares students for careers in digital media development, traditional and digital printing, publishing, packaging, and management.

Why Study Graphic Communications?

Graphic Communications is a management-oriented technical curriculum related to digital media development, traditional and digital printing, publishing, packaging, website preparation and management, and Internet publishing.

The graphic communications industry is one of the 10 largest industries in the United States. It includes more than 50,000 individual graphic arts facilities distributed throughout all 50 states. Close to one million people are employed in this industry, and the Chicago area is one of the most dynamic graphics centers in the country, employing thousands of graphic communications workers.

Related Majors

Related Skills

Classroom experiences engage students in creative problem solving while they learn about technology and management practices related to the production and distribution of graphic media in its many forms. Key skill areas include:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Process and pattern visualization
  • Applying computer applications
  • Ability to adapt to technological change
  • Applying math and communications
  • Thinking logically
  • Working well with people

Being Successful in the Field

  • Enjoy working with people from many walks of life in a client-service environment.
  • Adapt to and keep abreast of constant technological change.
  • Be sensitive to financial and economic aspects of graphic media production.
  • Gain experience with an internship in the field.
  • Be willing to start at an entry-level and work to achieve more advanced positions.
  • Learn independently on computer applications to achieve an expert level.
  • Effectively apply technology management principles to graphic communications.
  • Be able to coordinate complex projects.

Related Fields

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Networking
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Packaging
  • Information Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Publishing
  • Software Development
  • Research and Development
  • Training

Employers

  • Publishers
  • Newspaper companies
  • Corporate media departments
  • Government media divisions
  • Advertising agencies
  • Commercial printers
  • Marketing firms
  • Software companies
  • College and university media services
  • Small businesses that require Web or print management staff.

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Joe Cleary  Turner Hall 120A  jpclear@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2609 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.00

Middle 50% GPA

2.66 - 3.31

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Finite Math (MAT 120)
  • Statistics (MQM 100 or ECO 138)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Physics
  • Introduction to Chemistry

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 

Middle 50% GPA

2.66 - 3.31

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 
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