Skip to main content
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. You’ll take 76 credits of art & design courses in your 125-credit degree. You’ll be ready to rock a job after graduation.

  • Small Class Sizes

    With a cap of 10 in most studio courses, you’ll receive the kind of one-on-one feedback and assistance from faculty that will help you to succeed in your studio projects and gain mastery in the skills you’ll need to get a great job. And we run as many sections as are needed each semester to make this personal attention possible.

  • Expert Advising

    You’ll be advised by Graphic Design faculty members who know you, support you and follow you throughout your four years at YCP. They not only help you with the next semester’s schedule, but with internships, professional advice, and job searches.

  • Many Interesting Minors

    To add another facet to your art skill set, you can select from 60+ academic minors at YCP. Entrepreneur-ship, Professional Writing, Marketing, Advertising, or Photography are just a few that will make you more marketable after graduation.

  • Study Abroad

    YCP has an official agreement with NABA (Nuovo Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan, Italy, one of the world’s top design cities. You’ll study Graphic Design in the spring semester of your junior year, and the courses fit seamlessly into your progression back at YCP. There are many study abroad programs in art, but very few are focused in Graphic Design. Bellissimo!

  • Not Just Computers

    The most successful Graphic Designers are the ones who understand that exciting work does not come from a computer alone, but from the experience of the artist using it. You’ll have the opportunity to learn lots of manual and digital skills in YCP’s program. You’ll mix them in interesting ways, which will make you a more marketable designer. Courses include Letterpress, Printmaking, Book Arts, Hand Lettering, Illustration, Jewelry and Sculpture.

  • AIGA Student Group

    YCP’s AIGA (American Institute of the Graphic Arts) Student Group is active and vital in our program. You’ll be required to join as a junior and you’ll be encouraged to join as a freshman. It’s an organization that focuses on professional development, networking for internships and jobs, events and conferences. Members’ portfolios are included in AIGA’s national portfolio database, as well as having access to exclusive job listings. When an employer sees you’re an AIGA member, that says you are serious about Graphic Design.

  • Exhibition Opportunities

    A lot of schools focus on competitive opportunities for upperclassmen only. At YCP, you’ll establish an online presence as a freshman which you’ll continue to add to throughout your four years. And you’ll use this online presence to enter competitions and vie for free- lance jobs. You’ll qualify each year to enter the Annual Juried Student Graphic Design or Fine Art exhibition, and have your work selected by nationally known visiting artists. As a senior, you’ll be part of the Senior Graphic Design Exhibition and 20-20 talks.

  • Unlimited Access

    24-hour, 7-days-a-week access to Graphic Design labs, art studios, and work areas, including 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
Fall Senior Exhibition
Dec. 7 - 19, 2018
Brossman Gallery
This exhibition features work from students in their last semester. Fine Art seniors display their final bodies of work. Graphic Design seniors show final studio projects.
Pressing On
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film featuring guest speaker Erin Beckloff
Jan. 31, 2019, 6 p.m.
Weinstock Lecture Hall
Erin Beckloff presents Pressing On: The Letterpress Film; a documentary about the survival of letterpress printing featuring printers who are preserving the history of the craft.
Graphic Design Lecture: Ellen Lupton
Graphic Design Lecture: Ellen Lupton
Feb. 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m
DeMeester Recital Hall
Ellen Lupton, AIGA Gold Medalist, is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in NYC, as well as author of numerous books and articles on design.
Typorama 9.0
June 5 - July 5, 2019
Brossman Gallery
Typorama demonstrates the varied media use and experimentation of our Graphic Design Program. It gives us a peek at students' inquiry.
New Impressions
New Impressions, An International Exhibition of Letterpress Printing
Feb. 1 - Mar. 23, 2019
1st and 3rd Floors, Marketview Arts
New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques.
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Mar. 14 - Apr. 2, 2019
York College Galleries
Annual exhibit featuring select works from Fine Art and Graphic Design students. Works are selected by guest jurors from student submissions that are exceptional and exhibit well together.
Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
Apr. 12-27, 2019
York College Galleries
The senior Graphic Design Exhibition features works of students in their last semester. Students present their senior projects, demonstrating growth and achievements in the program.
Yomar Augusto
Visiting Artist: Yomar Augusto
April 5 - May 25, 2019
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
Yomar Augusto, typographic artist and graphic designer from Brazil currently living in Southern CA, will highlight his large-scale calligraphic hand-lettering and mural-painting.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
catalog icon

2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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

New to YCP? Let us help you find your path.
Explore the information on our site that matters to you most.