Graphic Communications (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • The Sonoco Institute brings together the graphic communications and packaging science departments for synergistic classes, seminars and workshops.
  • Students work in our 14,000-square-foot main laboratory and have access to two additional laboratories containing state-of-the-art printing and packaging equipment.
  • Clemson is the first university to offer an undergraduate course in functional materials and printed electronics.
  • Our students are required to hold an industry internship for at least two semesters before graduating.
ABOUT.

Think of all the products you use every day, each of which was designed, marketed, printed, packaged, sold and delivered. As a student in Graphic Communications you will develop both the technical and creative abilities to become a successful professional in a technology-driven and dynamic multi-billion-dollar industry. Graphic Communications majors will learn the skills necessary for many different career focuses including graphic design, distribution, technology, printing, packaging, marketing and web design/development. Our unique concept of hands-on learning will prepare you for a variety of professions within the realm of graphic communications.

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

When you walk into our laboratories, you’ll see something different from other programs. You’ll see faculty working side-by-side with students on various projects and equipment to provide them with the creative and scientific skills needed to succeed in any area of this growing industry.

Your courses will be varied. Some will be in flexographic methods, printing industry operations and color reproduction, while others will include screen-printing methods and the five printing processes. Before graduation, you’ll present digital and printed graphics projects — yours from concept to completion.

The variety of interwoven skills in graphic communications means that a number of areas are explored in each class. For example, in any one class there might be students working in the lithographic area, another group in the sheet screen-printing area, others in the textile screen-printing area and even others in electronic prepress. Instead of separate classes for prepress, production and management, skills are combined in each class. In that way, you’ll understand how the details of each assignment fit into the overall process. As a result, Clemson graphic communications students develop a variety of skills, knowledge and talents that are highly sought after in every graphic communications-related industry.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Communication Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Packaging Science

Similar Majors:

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

Combining creativity with technical skill, your knowledge will be stretched and molded as you pursue learning opportunities outside of the lab.

Internships and Research Projects:

INTERNSHIP:
You’ll be required to complete at least two industry internships before graduation. These internships are irreplaceable opportunities to network with potential employers and gain skills that provide an edge during future job searches.
LEADERSHIP:
Every year, the Bill Treadaway Print Leadership Forum offers you a unique environment to engage and interact with industry leaders. Speakers share success stories from their careers and provide you with helpful advice for your future.
TECHNOLOGY:
Our classes incorporate the most up-to-date technology, teaching you the skills necessary to comfortably navigate software and equipment before reaching the workplace.
EXPLORATION:
You’ll be offered numerous classes to choose from that have a wide variety subject matter. Each of our students are encouraged to explore all aspects of the process — from creative design to the printing press to the technology behind it
COMPETITION:
Students interested in advanced flexography have the opportunity to participate in The Phoenix Challenge Foundation Competition which focuses on flexographic product design and printing.
OPPORTUNITY:
Experts and students alike come together to explore trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities at PrintExpo. You’ll have the chance to attend this convention in Chicago and build a name amongst the world’s best comp

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

77%

Employed

9%

Grad School

5%

Seeking Employment

9%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Copac — Design engineer/packaging 
  • Beck Atlanta — Packaging Process Leader
  • Starpack — Production Graphics Processor

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Clemson University — Master’s
  • University of Missouri — Master’s
  • Rochester Institute of Technology — Master’s

Common Career Areas**

  • Management
    • Sales
      • Technical Sales Manager
        • Marketing
          • Creative Manager
            • Process Engineer
            *Provided by the department.
            **Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
            FIND OUT MORE.

            Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

            Sam Ingram, Department Chair
            864-656-6348 — sting@clemson.edu