• Art and Design

    HND Visual Communication (Graphics and illustration)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


Start Here

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Visual Communication (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • An interview with us
  • A portfolio of your work

What's Involved

This course builds on the HNC, further developing the skills you’ll need to become a graphic designer or illustrator.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • Graphic design - extending your skills to an advanced level, producing creative and complex design solutions.
  • Commercial design production - from analysing a brief to finalising digital artwork files.
  • Digital imaging - gaining advanced technical knowledge of vector and bitmapped software.
  • Typography - extending your skills and producing a range of creative concept solutions to a brief.
  • Commercial illustration - extending your skills through a series of simulated assignments, from research through interpretation, to finished illustrations within commercial design formats.
  • Web design - planning, designing and implementing your own online project (possibly your own portfolio website to showcase your coursework) which will be tested and published.
  • Printmaking - working through the entire process, from concept through preparing plates, stencils or screens and inks, to producing professional quality print in multiple layers.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Work on lots of live briefs for local businesses, community projects or events, such as TamFest, Christmas banners for Ayr High Street, a poster for a national Stalking Awareness campaign or illustrating a children’s booklet for Culzean Castle.
  • Take part in national competitions such as a logo design for Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland.
  • Work with local artists, such as taking part in a digital art project with Billy McCall.
  • Exhibit your work, including external venues like Mclaurin Art Gallery at Rozelle House.
  • Be involved in the Creative Department’s Annual End of Year Show.
  • Possibly go on work experience placements e.g. in marketing.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto BA Digital Art and Design at UWS (Year 3)
  • Moving onto a degree course at e.g. Glasgow School or Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier University or Perth College.
  • Exploring your future career options as a Graphic Designer or Illustrator.


  • Create your future - 10 reasons why graphics is a great career choice. Click here to read the blog.
  • First steps in the real world - Visual Comms students enjoy a week in the college design team. Click here to read the blog.
  • Skills on show - creative students put on dazzling display of talent at End of Year Show. Click here to read the blog.
  • From NC to HND – students’ fond reflections at final public show before progressing to pastures new. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

27 Aug 2018