York College

BA Graphic Communication Design

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BA Hons Graphic Arts

*Subject to modification approval.

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS course code: W210. Institution code Y70.

View York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


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.

The programme will encourage the creativity, imagination and technical skills needed to build a successful career in the creative industries. It will introduce you to the role of the contemporary graphic artist and will encourage you to develop innovative and original ideas, whilst working with a range of processes and formats in response to the demands of the professional industry.

Entry Requirements 

32 UCAS Tariff points. Applicants who have relevant experience and skills will be considered.

Our Approach

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

Course Themes

  • Idea generation
  • Typography
  • Promotional graphics
  • Photography
  • Web and interactive design
  • Professional practice
  • 3D Package design
  • Branding and identity
  • Editorial design and bookmaking
  • Digital media and computer software

Did You Know?

You will be given the opportunity to take part in international design competitions and live projects, as well as visits by practising designers and artists.

Skills You Will Learn

  • 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

Career Progression

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Editorial designer
  • Publisher
  • Branding manager
  • Advertising executive
  • Packaging designer


Full time: £7200

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

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