York College

BA Graphic Communication Design

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Graphic designers

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Web design and development professionals

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Validated by York St. John University.

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

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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. (3year 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.

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