• HNC Visual Communication (Graphics and illustration)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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We’re looking for you to have two relevant Highers at grade C or above or a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF level 6 or equivalent. Applicants with appropriate experience or other training may be accepted without formal qualifications. A place on the course is subject to an interview process and a portfolio of artwork is required.

What's Involved

Look about you. Everything you see is a form of visual communication: from logo design, branding, the illustration of book covers and posters, to digital media, photography, web design and animation. To become a Graphic Designer and Illustrator you need the interchangeable skills required to cover all these disciplines and this course has been designed with this in mind. Subjects may include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • An Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Web Design
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Working in the Field of Visual Communication

There may be the opportunity to work with clients on live briefs in this course.

Go Anywhere

If you successfully complete this course, here are some of the courses you can move on to:

Ayrshire College

  • HND Visual Communication


  • Digital Art

Glasgow School of Art

  • Communication Design
  • Product Design

Edinburgh School of Art

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Product Design

Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Product Design

Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

  • Communication Design

Edinburgh Napier University

  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design

Perth College

  • Visual Design and Communication

Possible Careers you can explore

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Printmaker
  • Photographer
  • Production Designer