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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

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This well-established and highly successful graphic design course provides the knowledge and skills for an exciting career within the creative industries.

    Through a programme of practical projects, you'll learn about all aspects of graphic design with an emphasis on the creative process and typography.

    The programme is supported by our industry partners from studios such as MadeBrave, OStreet, Stand, Cause & Effect, Tangent, D8, Recoat, Suisse, Thirst Craft and Equator, through client-led projects, mentoring and guest lectures.

    It is expected that this course will be delivered fully online unless the situation around COVID-19 significantly improves, in which case there will be more time on campus adopting a blended teaching approach.

    Follow us on Instagram or visit our showcase website to keep up to date with the course and see examples of work.

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

    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 can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.
    • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work - Portfolio Information.

    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.
    • Typography.
    • Page Layout for brochures, zines and magazines.
    • Art & Design Context.
    • Introduction to Visual Communication.
    • Label & Packaging Design.
    • Advertising.
    • Corporate Identity.
    Year two:
    • Design Production.
    • Motion Graphics.
    • Web Design.
    • Typography.
    • Preparing a Professional Portfolio and CV.
    • Graphic Design Projects.
    • Screen Printing and Riso Printing.
    • Client-Initiated Design Project.

    After the course


    After completing the HND you can gain employment in areas of the communication industry including graphic design studios; design consultancies; brand & communications agencies; advertising agencies; newspaper & magazine publishing; web design; motion graphics, in-house design studios or self-employment as a graphic designer.

    Continuing Study

    On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

    • Year three of BA (Hons) Design Practice at City of Glasgow College, Year two BA (Hons) Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art, Communication Design at Gray’s School of Art, or Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art.
    • Year two BDes (Hons) Visual Communication at Dundee University or BDes (Hons) Graphic Design at Edinburgh Napier University.
    • Year three of either BSc Digital Design at Glasgow Caledonian University, or BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design at The University of the West of Scotland.
    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome