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Illustration (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 will help you develop your creative and technical skills to become a commercial illustrator.

You'll build projects from initial ideas and sketchbook drawings, through to illustration artwork ready for presentation to a client. You're encouraged to explore individual responses to project briefs.

This creative course is delivered by highly professional teaching staff, with significant illustration industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

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 Illustration OR
  • First year of HND Illustration.

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.

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:
  • Introduction to visual communication.
  • Observational drawing.
  • Creative process.
  • Mixed media.
  • Art and design project.
  • Creative industries.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Illustration.
  • Printmaking and producing print.
  • Experimental illustration.
  • Life drawing from the nude model.
Year two:
  • Design production.
  • Creative project.
  • Illustration project.
  • Digital and bitmap imaging.
  • Developmental drawing portfolio.
  • Observational drawing portfolio.
  • Working in the creative industries.
  • Client-initiated design project.
  • Advanced Illustration.

After the course


The HNC/D course can lead to self-employment as a freelance Illustrator working with advertising agencies, design consultants, and book, magazine and newspaper publishers, or in your own private practice.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • Year two of BA (Hons) Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art.
  • Year two or three of BA (Hons) Visual Communication at Dundee University.
  • Year three of BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice at City of Glasgow College.
  • Year three of BA (Hons) Digital Art at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome