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Graphic Design Major

Our Graphic Design major combines studio work, design theory and criticism, and design history with York College’s strong academic curriculum to provide you with the tools you need to become a successful professional in the field. At York College, one of the top graphic design schools in Pennsylvania, you will learn about the tools and techniques necessary to make your ideas come to life, and the ways in which your work relates to our culture and society. Coursework in graphic design history gives you a valuable perspective on where the discipline has been, where it is going and how technology affects the way people communicate.

Careers in Graphic Design

Graphic designers are valuable members of multi-disciplinary teams that produce many different kinds of communication, both in print and on screen, flat and three-dimensional, linear and interactive, and public or private.

  • Publication Designer
  • Typeface Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Book Designer
  • Display Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Decorative Pattern Designer
  • Technical Publication Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Television Graphic Designer
  • Educational Material Designer
  • Interactive Kiosk Designer
  • Promotional Designer

Professionalism is...


"Professionalism to me is being accountable, reliable, and hard working. With those three skills and a solid knowledge base, success will follow."

Chris Gause,

Learn more about all things professional at York College.



Internships are an invaluable part of your education. Student Graphic Designers can gain work experience in the real world as well as develop professional relationships and networks.

AIGA Student Group

When you get to campus, you'll want to join our vibrant and active AIGA (American Institute for the Graphic Arts) student chapter. A national organization for professional graphic designers, YCP's AIGA Student Group (affiliated with AIGA Central PA) organizes exciting graphic design events, gives you an opportunity to add to your professionalism, and shows you're serious about design. 

Faculty Spotlight

Please welcome our newest faculty member, Professor Daniel Lobdell, M.F.A., to the Division of Art. Professor Lobdell will be teaching Digital Photography to our Graphic Design majors. To see some of his work go to Gallery 339.