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Digital Design: Graphics (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This new Digital Media course 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Successful completion of a related HNC course or equivalent previous experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • 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:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome