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.
Summer 2014 saw the launch of a brand new online course focusing on Entrepreneurship/ Intrapreneurship in the Graphic Communciations Industries. The course was designed flexibility that allows students who are interning or taking classes during the day to gain additional major requirement credits, whether they spend the summer in Clemson or anywhere else in the country.
Students posted weekly to a Google+ community page as an interactive and visual forum. The Community page was a popular place to be on Sunday evenings as everyone began to post and write responses back and forth discussing the materials for each week. One student stated that “reading articles and participating in forums on the course material, I have found, is such a great way to learn. You get perspectives on the material from a multitude of different students. It really makes you think a lot deeper.”
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.