York College

BA Graphic Communication Design

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Graphic Communication

Validated by York St. John University.

Course Programme Specification

Course Handbook

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

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and 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. 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.

Our Approach

The programme is delivered 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.

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS tariff points.

Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels.

Or Significant relevant prior learning and experience.

Course Length

3 years Full-time 

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021.

Academic year runs from September to June. (3 year course).

Course Modules

Year 1 – Introduction to Graphic Arts, Visual Thinking, Graphic Language and Communication, Historical and Contextual Influences, Experimental Media Workshops.

Year 2 – Branding: Identity and Implementation, Narrative Illustration, Visual Culture, Professional Practice in the Digital Environment.

Year 3 – Graphic Authorship, Research Project Dissertation, Portfolio and Professional Development, Graphic Arts Studio Projects.

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
  • Printmaking
  • Photography

Career Progression

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Publisher
  • Branding Manager
  • Advertising Executive
  • Brand / Package Designer


£7,200 per year. Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs expected for this course.


Clare Nattress (FHEA) is a transdisciplinary artist and educator working in the UK. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Leeds Beckett University. Her works encompass live data visualisation, mapping systems, endurance performance or action, photography and installation underpinned with conceptual rigour. Working within the intersection of art and science, the artist considers collaborations with scientists and researchers to be a key element in her cross disciplinary work. Clare became a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2016. She has been lecturing in Art & Design and Graphic Design for the past six years.

Sally Jackson has a background in surface pattern and has worked in the Interior Design industry, both as Visual Merchandising Manager for Habitat and Interior Designer at Laura Ashley. Sally has worked on domestic, commercial and industrial projects for these companies drawing on skills with surface pattern, window treatments, branding and corporate identities. After studying at Central Saint Martins in London and Leeds College of Art, she gained her PGCE and has been running the Level 3 Graphic Design course at York College for eight years, as well as teaching across the Foundation and BA courses. Her own work focuses on collage, printmaking and experimental drawing, using both paper and fabric. Sally’s main focus now lies in how hand drawn and traditional processes can work together with digital skills to produce original and innovative Graphic Design.

Reuben Witcherley is a Digital Art specialist, with a primary focus and skill set in digital illustration, branding, animation, page layout, typography, web design, presentation and professional outcomes. Reuben focuses on teaching and refining digital skills across the industry standard Adobe Creative Suite to make sure any creative idea can be put into practice and become a final piece of design at production level. Teaching across various art disciplines within the Further and Higher education environment for 10 years, Reuben has the experience and skill set to give a very well rounded knowledge of digital outputs to prepare students for industry and current professional and working methods.


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