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Here you can find out what our graduates are doing now and the path they have chosen since leaving us.

If you’re considering a degree or higher-level course here at York College University Centre, this is the perfect place to find out where our programmes could lead. If you’ve completed a higher education course at York College previously, we’d love to hear about your journey since graduation.

If you are a Higher Education Alumni, of any course, be sure to share your experience with us via a Higher Education case study form.

Kelly a former Graphic Design student stood in front of a banner she has designed

"I began my journey at York College by studying the Graphic Design Extended Diploma Level 3. I then went on to study the Art & Design Foundation Diploma Post Level 3 for a year before progressing to university. Studying at York College has really helped me to achieve my career goals. During my time at College I was able to develop my design skills and build my confidence to progress to Manchester School of Art, where I studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design. Since graduating, I now work as a Junior Graphic Designer for a sports and mental health company. I also run my own freelance company alongside my job, creating cards, prints and stickers."

Graphic Design Extended Diploma, Art & Design Foundation Diploma Post Level 3

I like to use mixed media and focus primarily on ceramics. I have a particular interested in ancient manufacturing techniques which favour sustainable methods, and often employ discarded items as tools for decoration. I have a diagnosis of autism which gives me an unusual vision of the world around me. From an early age I refused to conform to numerical concepts – and relied on my eyes to give a sense of aesthetic. Through my work, I question the traditional boundaries of historic styles and fashions, with the intention of prompting the viewer to say to themselves such things as 'what if', 'why not' or even 'that’s impossible because'.

BA (Hons) 3D Creative Practice


When I began studying at York College it was local, convenient, and it offered many opportunities, it then became my safe place and the tutors felt like my friends who genuinely cared about my welfare. I began as a very troubled student but had supportive tutors who advised me on courses and career opportunities and I have been supported continuously on each course. My career goal is to gain a full-time teaching contract within the Media Makeup department at College. I love teaching in HE, particularly prosthetics, sculpting and special effects but I would also love to continue working in Film and TV each summer, to continuously update current skills and strengthen my knowledge.

BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects & Hair Design & PGCE


I chose this course as currently we live at a time where all devices are connected with each other to share information. For many of us technology became a huge part of our life, however, not all businesses in the past understood the importance of cybersecurity when producing such applications/devices. The importance of cybersecurity is on the rise, especially since the number of cyber-attacks have drastically increased since the first COVID-19 lockdown happened. Due to a huge demand in cybersecurity specialists, it means there will be more job opportunities in the future.

FdA Digital Technologies (Cybersecurity)


Second year student Matthew was delighted be announced as the winner of the project, with his prize being further work experience with industry experts Publicis Media.   “It was a great experience. I really enjoyed getting someone from the industry to give me feedback, which allowed me to imagine what my future could be. Talking to Publicis Media helped me to understand the industry more and how it differs from college projects. Everyone's submissions looked great but I'm happy to have won and I look forward to potentially working with Publicis Media in the future.”

Matthew BA (Hons) Graphic & Communication Design
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