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Graphic Design HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This Graphic Design course prepares you for a career in the exciting and developing area of graphic design. The course develops your creative ability and technical graphics skills, mainly through practical projects in the studio.

The course will encourage you to take responsibility for your own development. You'll build on your own creative concepts through research and development in the sketchbook, before producing finished work digitally.

The emphasis of the course is on the layout of type and image, for both print and screen and the development of creative concepts.

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This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

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 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

Year one:
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Art & Design Project.
  • Typography.
  • Page Layout and Desktop Publishing.
  • Art & Design Context.
  • Introduction to Visual Communication.
  • Commercial Printing.
  • Introduction to Photography.
  • Creative Project.
Year two:
  • Design Production.
  • Motion Graphics.
  • Web Design.
  • Typography Project.
  • Preparing a Professional Portfolio and CV.
  • Graphic Design Projects.
  • Client-Initiated Design Project.

After the course


After completing the HND you can apply for jobs in areas of the Communication Industry, including design consultancies, advertising agencies, newspaper and magazine publishing, web design and motion graphics for the screen, or in-house design studios.

You may eventually become self-employed as a Graphic Designer.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • Year three of either the BSc Digital Design (Graphics) at Glasgow Caledonian University, or the BA (Hons) Digital Art at UWS;
  • Year two of BA (Hons) Visual Communication at Dundee University, Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art, or Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome