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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS course code: 2A5T. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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.

Graphic Arts

Graphic Design is an exciting discipline. It exists to communicate ideas and information using words and images. These messages are delivered in a variety of forms to a wide range of audiences. This broad-based degree programme introduces students to the role of the contemporary graphic designer and encourages them to challenge the boundaries of visual communication.

This course provides a studio and workshop atmosphere where the skills and disciplines of graphic design can be fully explored. This is supported by state-of-the-art teaching facilities including specialised classrooms, workshops, a printing room, photography studios and Apple Mac suites to ensure you get the finest experience.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry: 32 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent (MMP). Please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount.

Non-standard entry:

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 3 years

The course has a modular structure taught over three years and attendance will usually be timetabled across three days per week to allow time to participate in a work environment. Learners are expected to set aside additional time for private study (timetabled days may change each year)

Programme Content

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.

Your creativity, imagination and technical skills required to build a successful career in the creative industries will be encouraged. This course will introduce you to the role of the contemporary graphic artist and will encourage you to develop innovative and original ideas, while working with a range of processes and formats in response to the demands of the professional industry.

Course themes include:

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

Assessment Methods

All coursework is project-based and assessed in relation to identified learning outcomes. Year 2 represents 30 per cent of the final classification grade and the successful completion of Year 3 makes up the other 70 per cent.


Graduates will usually pursue careers in design consultancies or in related fields of work such as: advertising, publishing, marketing or design management, or work in a freelance capacity. The qualification opens up opportunities for study on a variety of postgraduate courses including teaching qualifications.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

How to Apply

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

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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