GCS About Us
We offer four focuses across two degree programs. Our Bachelor of Science degree in graphic communications focuses on design for printing and publishing, design and development of games and websites, and technical design for mechanical and architectural systems and GIS. We also offer a Master of Art in Teaching degree for the professions of Technology Education (including pre-engineering) and Trade & Industrial Education. We have a three design labs, a print lab, and an education and packaging lab.
Our students get jobs with a wide variety of companies, organizations, and government agencies that have in-house graphic design functions, but our graduates also focus on their own freelance design work and entrepreneurism. The graphic design field was projected to grow by 13 percent during the period leading up to 2018. That is significant growth compared to other fields. Design and drafting for commercial construction was also projected to grow during that same period.
Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more details about careers within the field.
The mission of the Department of Graphic Communication Systems is to develop media agile, productive and problem solving professionals for industries related to Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Integrated Internet Technologies, and Printing and Publishing.
The Department provides quality competency-based instruction that prepares graduates to enter the fields of graphic communication systems, technology education, trade and industrial education. In addition, the Department assists majors in developing those critical competencies in the sciences, communications, mathematics, professional writing, business, psychology, the arts, and technical specialties essential to securing positions in related industrial, business and government careers.
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is the accrediting agency for the undergraduate programs in graphic communication systems. The Master of Art in Teaching for Technology Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI).