The graphic design program at PTI has been created to help you launch your career.
You will learn the industry–related skills and techniques of computer graphics, electronic imaging and commercial production in addition to utilizing scanners, digital cameras and computer–based hardware. In your classes, you will gain an understanding of color and composition, design and typography, and effective problem solving.
- At PTI you will learn how to use state of the industry software that will prepare you for the commercial graphic design world
- You will build a portfolio and host your own portfolio show that showcases your design skills and launches your networking with prospective employers.
- You will participate in an internship that will give you invaluable hands on experience on the job.
- PTI graphic design students learn from Instructors who have worked or continue to work in the field of design and understand what it takes to be successful.
- PTI has an advisory board of design professionals that guides curriculum so you learn what industry needs.
- PTI has an extensive staff of career service professionals to assist you in starting your career in graphic design.
More about this program
In the PTI Graphic Design Program you will learn key skills such as:
- Use fundamental design theories to communicate ideas visually
- Operate design software
- Designing and producing annual reports
- Creating brochures
- Making client presentations
- Developing advertisements
- Creating billboards
- Developing Corporate identity packages
- Developing digital and print portfolios
- Creative interactive websites
- Designing web-ready animations
- Advanced Digital Imaging/Production
- Advertising Processes
- Color Theory and Techniques
- Computer Illustration
- Computerized Page Make-Up
- Corporate Design
- Design 1
- Design 2
- Digital Imaging
- Graphic Design Senior Project
- Interactive Multimedia
- Multi-Page Documents
- Portfolio Development 1
- Portfolio Development 2
- Web Design 1
- Web Design 2
General Education Courses
- Art History
- Career Development
- Critical Thinking
- Effective Speech
- Electives (2)
- English Composition 1 and 2
- Steps to Career Success 1 and 2
- PTI Graphic Design students receive additional hands–on experience during their in–field internship
PTI Graphic Design graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:
- Advertising agencies
- Graphic art studios
- Architectural Firms
- Art Studios
- Engineering Firms
- Product Design Companies
- Magazines and Newspapers
- Government groups
- Printing companies
- Web design businesses
- Corporate design departments
PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Dick's Clothing & Sporting Goods
- Forever Broadcasting, Inc.
- Herald Star
- IN Community Magazines
- MARC USA
- Matthews International
- Morning Journal
- Palo Creative
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- PPG Industries
- SAE International Trib Total Media, Inc.
- University of California at Berkeley
- Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
Applicants for the Graphic Design program must meet specific entrance requirements.
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
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Program Information for 2013/14:
- Program Tuition and Fees: $43,805
- Estimated Cost of Books and Supplies: $3,000
- Housing Cost for 12 month agreement (excludes food): $7,500-$8,460
- On-Time Graduation Rate for 12/13: 67%
- Percentage of Available Graduates Working in Their Field of Study for 2012: 80%
- Percentage of Graduates Working Part-time for 2012: 49%
- Average Salary of Graduates Employed Full-time for 2012: $25,812
- Title IV Median Loan Debt for 12/13: $22,180
- Institutional Median Loan Debt for 12/13: $0