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Graphic Design (Eve) (Aug) HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2020, 38 weeks


Wednesday, Thursday


18:00 - 21:00


City Campus


£ 740


This course will help you develop your creative ability, gain an understanding of graphic design and encourage you to grow your own voice. You’ll tackle creative briefs from idea generation to real world results.

You’ll develop your creative ability and technical graphics skills, mainly through practical projects in the studio. You’ll be learning key design principles, idea generation, research methods, creative problem solving, best practice in typography, brand creation, image-making, art direction, user interface design, user experience (UIUX), and how to create industry-standard prototypes.

Throughout the course, there will be a strong focus on group discussions, peer presentations, group feedback, group workshops and some collaborative projects — preparing you to be confident and clear when presenting your design solutions.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements as such, you will be assessed on individual merit. We are seeking those with a passion for the subject and a willingness to develop new knowledge and skills. Highers and previous experience will be taken into consideration.

Additional selection requirements

You'll be invited to a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject. At the interview, you will be asked to present a portfolio that should demonstrate focused studio practice, a sophisticated theoretical approach to your work and a passion for investigation & development through the sketchbook process.

What you study

  • Graphic Design.
  • Typography.
  • Adobe CC software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
  • Desktop Publishing and Page layout.
  • Art and Design Context.
  • Web Design.
  • Communication through Social Media.
  • Industry Awareness.
  • Graded Unit.

After the course


This recognised SQA qualification may lead to career advancement or help prepare individuals for self-employment or freelance work in the design industry.

Continuing Study

It may be possible to progress to year 2 of the full-time HND Visual Communication course.  Alternatively, you may wish to apply to University or year 1 of Art School.


How the course is taught

The course is delivered two evenings per week over two years. It is mainly practical project-based assignments, supported by industry lectures, demonstrations and group workshops.

Some study will be required outside of the timetabled classes.

Assessment methods

Submitted work is assessed on a continuous basis and graded by module tutors with an external examiner to validate grades. There is also an element of peer assessment throughout both years.

There are no formal examinations as the course is mainly project-based.

Additional Information


You will need a USB stick and sketchbooks for use throughout the course. Some basic stationery will be helpful including scissors; glue stick; ruler, craft knife, masking tape, pencils, fine liners, notebooks. These are all available to purchase at our college store. You may be expected to print out final work which may incur a cost.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2020, 38 weeks
  • Day(s):
    Wednesday, Thursday
    18:00 - 21:00
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 740