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Graphic Design (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course prepares you for a career in the exciting and constantly developing area of graphic design. You will develop your creative ability and technical graphics skills, mainly through practical projects in the studio.

The course also encourages 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.

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

  • HNC Graphic Design OR
  • First-year of HND in Graphic Design.

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. At the interview, 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

  • 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 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 can 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:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome