To develop dedicated, practical problem solving people for the printing, publishing, imaging, packaging and allied industries.
The numerous graphic communications industries encompass areas such as graphic design, distribution, technology, printing, packaging, marketing and web design/development. Think of each of the products you use every day, each of which were designed, marketed, printed, packaged, sold and delivered.
The Department of Graphic Communications’ philosophy centers on a unique concept of hands-on learning. Students experience the equipment, theories, and necessary problem solving found throughout the diverse industries.
Our graduates are very successful in a variety of professions within the realm of graphic communications. This is due to the department's outstanding faculty, curriculum, and the methods employed in our facilities. Each student is required to work two internships offering a wide range of experiences and the opportunity to build industry contacts for future employment.
As a student in Graphic Communications you will develop both technical and creative abilities through a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum to become a successful professional in a technology driven and dynamic multi-billion-dollar industry.
Jonathan Balcombe (Class of 2015) may have found the perfect fit when he took an internship at Creative Services at Clemson University, but what he ended up creating while working there came as a surprise to everyone involved. After completing his first assignment, Jonathan returned to his desk to await the next instructions. While waiting, he began to draw his favorite animal in Adobe Illustrator using the paint brush tool, a raccoon.
When his supervisor, Dave Dryden, came to his desk with his next instructions, he saw the raccoon and was intrigued. He asked Jonathan if he could draw a tiger, the universities mascot. Dryden remembers his reaction “what came next blew my mind… a series of beautiful, graphic tiger illustrations. From there we started experimenting with campus scenes. These illustrations are equally as beautiful. Jonathan has a unique point of view to his work that is unlike anything I have seen — simple and sophisticated — almost like folk art.”
In late February, the Basic Lab’s printing capacity increased with the addition of a Ryobi 3302M, 2-color lithography press.
And....Action! Graphic Communications students are now ready to create professional grade videos in GC3400 with 4 new sets of CanonXA10ProfessionalHD camcorders, with lavaliere microphones for interviews and boommicrophones for capturing ambient or group audio.