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Graphic Design - Mel Rodgers

Graphic Design

Posters. Publications. Websites. Animation. Unlimited ways for you to make your mark.

Do you find yourself doodling all the time, researching the latest technology or selecting items that are bright in color? Good news! These are some of the traits and skills that it takes to be a graphic designer. At York College, you will learn not only about the tools and techniques, both traditional and digital, necessary to make your ideas come to life, but also the ways in which your work relates to our culture and society.

The Graphic Design major combines studio work, design theory and criticism, and history with York College’s strong academic curriculum to provide you will the knowledge you’ll need to become a successful professional. 

You'll constantly be creating and working with expert faculty as a Graphic Design major. Download a transcript of this video.

10 things that differentiate our graphic design program

  • Individuality

    We support it, foster it, champion it in our students. A lot of other schools send students out the door with cookie-cutter, faculty-driven projects in the portfolio. None of that stuff here.

  • Actual Degree in Graphic Design

    Most BAs in Graphic Design are actually a BA in Art with a “track” in Graphic Design, which translates into 4 or 5 courses in design. Ours is an actual BA in Graphic Design, intensively focused on Graphic Design content from day one. And there's room to take an additional 18 credits of art outside of GD requirements to add to the skill set. Courses include Jewelry, Letterpress, Printmaking, Book Arts, Hand Lettering, Illustration, Photography and Sculpture.

  • Many Interesting Minors

    Students can add an academic minor to their degrees, unlike in art schools. Entrepreneurship, Professional Writing, Marketing, Advertising... just to name a few that make students more marketable.

  • Letter Press

    YCP houses the region's finest, most comprehensive and functioning letterpress studio at its downtown arts location, Marketview Arts. Historic presses and type abound, with opportunities to learn hands-on printing, just like Mr. Gutenberg did. Letterpress knowledge is very hot with employers. No school in the region has this kind of dedicated set up and faculty expertise.

  • Opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Milan

    YCP has an official agreement with NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan, Italy, one of the world’s top design cities. Students study Graphic Design in the spring semester of the junior year, and it fits seamlessly into the Graphic Design course progression. There are many study abroad programs in art, but are usually strictly Fine Arts oriented. Very few are focused in Graphic Design.

  • The Appell Fellowship

    Graphic Design or Fine Art graduates of YCP can apply for this competitive one-year endowed fellowship, during which they have the opportunity to practice art and design full-time. It includes an apartment and a studio space at the Marketview Arts building, as well as a stipend for living expenses. It gives the artist a chance to work, network and develop as a professional. There are 4-5 additional studio-only fellowships awarded as well.

  • AIGA Student Group

    Not all programs have an AIGA student group. And YCP’s is active and vital in the program. Affiliated with Central PA AIGA (American Institute of the Graphic Arts), YCP Graphic Design majors are required to join as juniors and encouraged to join as freshmen. It’s an organization that focuses on professional development, networking for internships and jobs, events and conferences. Members’ portfolios are included in AIGA’s portfolio database, as well as access to exclusive job listings. When an employer sees a student is an AIGA member, that says they are serious about graphic design.

  • Opportunities to show your work "From Day One"

    A lot of schools focus on competitive opportunities for upperclassmen only. At YCP, Freshmen establish an online presence which they continue to add to throughout the 4 years. All students qualify to enter the Annual Juried Student Graphic Design or Fine Art exhibition, and have their work selected by nationally known visiting artists.

  • Access to Expert Advising

    Art majors are advised by art faculty who know them, support them and follow them throughout their 4 years at YCP. They not only help with the next semester’s schedule, but also with internships, freelance advice, and job searches.

  • Unlimited Access

    24-hour, 7-day access to campus labs and studios, even during breaks.

Graphic Design Billboard/Testimonial
"Each student designer uses their graphic design skill in a unique and expressive way. Employers are looking for that kind of creativity, and I love seeing so many of our grads make their voices heard out in the world. "
Melanie Rodgers, MFA
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Coordinator, Graphic Design, Division of Art
Graphic Design Lettering
In York's Graphic Design program, you'll do extensive coursework in typography, printmaking, web design, motion graphics, photography and much more.

Your future in Graphic Design

Our graduates have gone on to work for national firms such as The Baltimore Sun, Hachette Book Group, Heidelberg University, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics, Investors Bank, The Hershey Company and many others. Possible Graphic Design careers include:
  • Publication design; typeface design; identity systems; informational graphics
  • Illustration; book design; display design; package design; decorate pattern design
  • Website design; motion graphic design; television graphic design
  • Educational design; graphic design education
  • Interactive design; promotional design; technical publication design
Contact Us
Graphic Design
Melanie M. Rodgers, M.F.A.
Wolf Hall , Room 301
Phone: 717.815.1771

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant

Marketview Arts
Galleries - Studios - Events
37 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401

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