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Design For Digital Media HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2023, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This new Design for Digital Media course (HND Digital Design:Graphics) will develop your creative and technical skills, in the production of screen-based graphic design and media content for interactive and multimedia applications, such as web, mobile app, motion graphics and VFX. 

    During the course, you'll be taught by staff with significant Digital Media experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students. 

    The course is delivered mainly through practical projects in the studio and state-of-the-art labs, using industry standard software and techniques. 

    You can view student work on our Instagram page or follow us on TikTok.

    On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an HND qualification in Visual Communication. 

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8.  

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Higher Art and Design or Graphic Communication 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 invited for 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 area or we'll make an offer based on your application form.
    • 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: 

    • Digital Imaging. 
    • Graphic Design. 
    • Typography. 
    • Web Design. 
    • Digital Publishing Design. 
    • Social Media Design. 
    • Design Production. 
    • Motion Graphics. 
    • Mobile App Design. 
    • Compositing and Visual Effects. 
    • 2D and 3D Animation. 
    • Preparing a Professional Portfolio and CV. 
    • New Media Projects. 
    • Client-Initiated Design Project. 

    After the course


    After the HND you can apply for jobs in the Communication Industry, such as with design consultancies, advertising agencies, online publishing, web design, television and film production, motion graphics for screen, or in-house design studios. 

    You may eventually become employed as an Interactive, Multimedia, Web or Graphic Designer. 

    Continuing Study 

    Students who complete their HND may progress to year three of: 

    • BSc (Hons) Digital Design: Graphics at Glasgow Caledonian University. 
    • BA (Hons) Visual Communication at Dundee University. 
    • BA (Hons) Digital Media at Napier University. 
    • BA (Hons) Digital Art at the University of the West of Scotland. 


    How the course is taught

    The course is taught through a series of practical studio-based projects. There are opportunities to work on live projects and take part in national student competitions. Throughout the year there are visits to exhibitions and professional studios. 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 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 need to provide a USB pen drive or similar storage device to save your work. You'll need notebooks/sketchbooks for research work and you may be expected to pay for print outs where necessary. 

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      28th Aug 2023, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome