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BA (Hons) Graphic & Communication Design

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
3 Years
£7,200 per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience
Validating partner
The Open University

The course provides a studio and workshop atmosphere where the skills and disciplines of the graphic arts, e.g. digital, illustration and printmaking, can be fully explored. This is supported by state-of-the-art teaching facilities including specialised classrooms, workshops, printing room, photo studios and Apple Macintosh suites to ensure you get the finest experience. You will be introduced to the role of the contemporary graphic practitioner and will develop innovative and original ideas, whilst working with a range of processes and formats in response to the demands of the professional industry.

UCAS Code: W210

UCAS Institution Code: Y70


Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Typography: Design Projects Branding: Design Projects Research Project
Digital & Photography Contextual Influences 2 Independent Project
Contextual Influences 1 Narrative Storytelling Creative Futures
Print & Bookmaking Workshops Professional Practice Competition Briefs

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 32 UCAS tariff points, a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Maths and English minimum Grade 4. Significant relevant prior learning and experience will also be considered. You might be asked to submit a portfolio of work to support your application.

On receipt of your application, you will be asked to provide a portfolio that demonstrates your ideas and abilities creatively. This may showcase work you have done at school or college, alternatively this may capture independently devised projects. You will then be invited for interview in which you are able to discuss the course and ask any questions you may have.

How will I be assessed?

Students will develop portfolios of work in response to a brief, these portfolios will be assessed. You will also be encouraged to present ongoing work to your peers and staff as well as industry figures and design studios.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the degree students will develop skills in; a range of digital design skills, conceptual and theoretical methods of design, visual and verbal communication skills, understanding of the creative, social and ethical context of visual communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, analytical response skills, printmaking and photography.

Method of delivery

The programme is delivered face-to-face in the design studios and workshops, where you will learn a wide range of design skills through practical and project-based activity. This is supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent studio practice. You will also take part in field trips, exhibitions, design conferences and cultural centres, as an exciting and memorable way to put knowledge into context.

Additional costs

Course materials, field trips, printing costs approximately £70 per year. Creative Cloud software license for home use £16 monthly.

Your next steps

On successful completion of the course you might go onto become a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Web Designer, Editorial Designer, Publisher, Branding Manager, Advertising Executive or Brand / Package Designer etc. Students might also choose to go on to higher-level study such as a masters programme.

Working on a Branding, Identity and Implementation module, students were given a brief to come up with ideas for an advertising campaign for clients’ Airbnb, designed for a specific target audience. Their task was to produce three static poster adverts and one moving image animation, based around research, objectives, and outcomes. The students’ designs were judged by Publicis Media in London, with each student receiving constructive feedback on their work from the media agency.

Second year student Matthew was delighted to be announced as the winner of the project, with his prize being further work experience with industry experts Publicis Media.

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“It was a great experience. I really enjoyed getting someone from the industry to give me feedback, which allowed me to imagine what my future could be. Talking to Publicis Media helped me to understand the industry more and how it differs from college projects. Everyone's submissions looked great but I'm happy to have won and I look forward to potentially working with Publicis Media in the future."

BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Communication
Course leaders and tutors:
Monica Gabb

is a Designer and loves exploring image and print. She Grew up in the south and gained her Master’s degree in Sequential Design and Illustration at the University of Brighton in 2006. During this year she moved to North Yorkshire. Monica studied for her PGCE while teaching the Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and has also taught across the Foundation diploma and the BA. She has been teaching at York college for 12 years which she couples with her own business. She is still practicing as a designer and is creator of Twenty Birds a gift and homeware range selling direct to customer and to trade. Bringing this up-to-date industry knowledge to the students enables a bridge from studying through to career.

Scott Stevens

is a photographer with a background in both commercial photography and fine art practice. As a commercial photographer, he has worked all over the country with brands such as Nestlé, Gymshark, Fujifilm and the BBC before gaining his Master's degree in Photography from Leeds Arts University in 2020. After completing his PGCE with York College in 2021, he continues to teach Photography across the University Centre as well as the AS and A2 courses. Alongside teaching, he is still a practicing fine art photographer, creating exhibitions and projects based around coastal expressionism and minimalist landscapes all around the British coastline. He now combines his commercial, artistic and teaching practices to deliver a broad programme of photographic applications.

Lisa Verrall

is a graphic designer, artist and print-maker. Having achieved a 1st Class Honours degree in Graphic Communications at UCA in 2008, she went on to work for several years as a designer of children’s books working for publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Little Tiger Press and Usborne Publishing. After relocating from London to Yorkshire, Lisa completed a Master’s Degree in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University, where she discovered a particular passion for screen printing, which is now her main artistic output outside of teaching.

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