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HNC Visual Communication: Illustration & Graphic Design HNC

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus


This course provides for both illustration and graphic design candidates who will follow discreet pathways over the year. You will develop your creative and technical skills to become an illustrator or graphic designer but the course is mainly intended to lead to year 2 of a relevant HND programme.

You'll build projects from initial ideas and sketchbook drawings, through to finished artwork. On completion of the course, you'll have produced a broad and exciting portfolio of illustration/design work.

In addition to giving you the skills to work as an illustrator, or graphic designer we will provide you with the knowledge and skills to move onto University and or Art School. This will include an understanding of the ‘creative process’ and how that relates to your own creative practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • National Certificate in Art and Design or related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study


You'll study:

  • Introduction to Visual Communication.
  • Observational Drawing.
  • Creative Process.
  • Mixed Media.
  • Art and Design Project.
  • Creative Industries.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Introduction to Typography.
  • Illustration Projects.
  • Printmaking.
  • Developmental Drawing.
  • Life drawing from the Nude Model.
  • Graded Unit.

Graphic Design

  • Introduction to Visual Communication.
  • Art and Design Project.
  • Creative Industries.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Desktop Publishing.
  • Introduction to Typography.
  • Graphic Design Projects.
  • Printmaking.
  • Graded Unit.

After the course


The HNC course can lead to self-employment as a junior or freelance Illustrator/graphic designer working with advertising agencies, design consultants, digital media studios, book, magazine and newspaper publishers, or in your own private practice.

Continuing Study

Year two of HND Graphic Design or HND Illustration at the college.


How the course is taught

The course is taught through a series of practical studio-based projects, theoretical study and lectures. There are opportunities to work on live projects and take part in national student competitions. Throughout the year there are visits to exhibitions and other trips.

In addition, we have a robust programme of visiting professionals and guest speakers, providing insight into the real world aspects of working in the creative industries.

Assessment methods

Coursework is continually assessed throughout the academic year. The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and so the assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year.  There are no end of term exams.

Additional Information


You'll be expected to provide your own basic materials such as; a USB pen drive or another storage device, steel ruler; craft knife & blades, glue stick, scissors, pencils & eraser, masking tape, paints, inks and brushes.

Throughout the course, you'll need a number of notebooks/sketchbooks for research and development work.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus