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Graphic designers

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York College is delighted to announce that it has been selected to participate in the T Level Industry Placement Pilot (Capacity Delivery Fund). This course (year 2) has been selected to take part in the pilot for this academic year allowing us to offer Industry Placements to any student enrolling onto this course.

The Work Placement Team will be in touch in due course with further details.  In the meantime, you can access further work placement information by visiting our Work Placements for Students page.

If you have any questions you can contact the Work Placement Team on 01904  770830 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. The Art and Design Diploma Level 2 qualification at Merit grade will also be considered as part of the entry requirements. You will be invited to show a portfolio of your art and design work at your guidance discussion.


Two years.

What will I study?

Have you always been interested in design, illustration, drawing, magazines, layout using digital or traditional methods, computer games, animation, graphic novels, street art, doodling, graffiti, art and design? Then this course is for you!

This is an exciting course made up of inspirational projects which integrate many different approaches to Graphic Design. There are live briefs set by companies and industry professionals and workshops which will teach you a wide range of Graphic Design skills, allowing you to explore many pathways within the specialism.

We have an excellent staff team who cover a wide range of specialisms on this exciting, fast moving course. Through projects and experimental workshops, you will experience a variety of new graphic art and design media techniques in order to broaden your own visual experience within the following areas:

  • Graphics
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Digital Imaging
  • Animation
  • Typography
  • Drawing
  • Layout

You will work in a purpose-built Graphics studio to work out creative ideas. You will also spend time in a fantastic Apple Mac suite using state of the art computers to develop your skills in digital imaging, experimenting with exciting formats for text and image. You may work on magazines, animation, adverts, posters, flyers, book covers, stationery and packaging.

Throughout the programme there are educational visits to galleries, workshops, museums, exhibitions and places of specific interest to extend your awareness of the wide range of contemporary creative activity.

At the end of the course you will work on a Personal Project in a specialist area, which will be exhibited in the Creative Show for parents, practitioners and VIPs.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed and graded regularly and you will have feedback tutorials to track your progress throughout the course. You will receive an overall grade for the qualification at the end of the two years.


There is a cost of £75 in total for this course.  £25 for a mandatory Art Kit and £50 student contribution that is used to enhance the students learning through the availability of additional resources and activities. More details will be provided before you enrol.

What could it lead to?

Before completion you will gain one to one focused time to build a portfolio for interview and can progress onto a wide range of specific degree courses related to Graphic Design, including our own degree course at York College. Typically, students have gone to universities to study:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Arts
  • Computer Games Design
  • Animation
  • Interactive Media

Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at Northumbria University, Brighton University, Edinburgh College of Art, Middlesex University, Nottingham Trent University, Leeds Arts University and Liverpool John Moores University and York College. Students also choose to go straight into industry building on opportunities presented through live projects.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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