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Creative Services

Through the use of photography and graphic design, Creative Services helps tell the university's story in a visual way. Our award-winning team of graphic designers, photographers and writers understand the university's needs and can take projects from conception to completion.

Creatives Services staffers regularly collaborate and consult with various campus departments and colleges about their publication and marketing needs. Professional and experienced staff makes the various pieces shine through the creative work of several graphic designers and writers. In addition to magazines and newsletters, the Creative Services unit designs brochures, display banners, posters, programs, invitations, trailer wraps, wall decals and just about anything else that clients request.  

While we are a cost recovery unit, our services are less expensive than the private sector. In addition, we ensure materials are compliant with the university’s graphic standards and brand, while actively supporting the strategic goals of the institution.

We would be happy to learn more about your design needs and provide estimates for your project. 

Requesting a Project or Meeting

In order to request a project or meeting, please create an account with our project management software inMotion and select the graphic design form or the photography form depending on your needs. Once the project request has been submitted with all the necessary information, you will be contacted by a graphic designer or photographer assigned to your project.

Special projects started outside of inMotion, will require the client to sign a service agreement that outlines the project and project costs.


As a cost-recovery unit within University Marketing and Communications, Creative Services charges the following prices for various projects. Special projects not falling under one of the below categories will receive a base price prior to the start of the project.   

Fee Structure   

  • Publications (anything more than 4 pages in length): $40 a page               
  • 3-panel brochure: $100               
  • 4-panel brochure: $130               
  • Programs: $20 a page               
  • Poster, 11x17 and smaller (minimal graphics): $100               
  • Poster, larger than 11x17 (minimal graphics): $150               
  • Original logo artwork: $150               
  • Pull-up banner: $150               
  • Postcards: $40               
  • Letterhead: $30               
  • Envelopes: $20               
  • Two-sided business cards: $20
  • Advertisements: $40 and up depending on size 
  • Online newsletter template: $100—includes design of newsletter masthead, distribution training and monthly access. (Additional graphics will be billed separately)

All prices include two rounds of revisions where the client will be given an electronic proof and be allowed to make changes and receive an updated proof. Any further changes will result is a $30-an-hour charge above the base price.   

Text or photo updates to an already existing piece, without any additional design changes, will be billed at $30 an hour.    

University Logos

Another key goal of Creative Services is to ensure that SDSU's name and logo are properly used in printing projects. UMC maintains the university's Graphic Identity Manual and monitors university logo usage.   

In order to use any of the university's marks on printed publications, prior approval must be obtained from University Marketing and Communications. Contact Andrea Kieckhefer (688-4537 or email) for logo usage approval.