The HND Visual Communication in Graphic Design is an award-winning, studio-driven course with an exciting blend of employer engagement, industry collaboration and contemporary design projects. The course has a strong reputation for producing industry-ready graduates who can think and execute design solutions across the range of print and digital formats.
We have an Education Network Membership with D&AD, and our students regularly enter and win national and international design awards (D&AD , YCN, DMA, Roses), competing directly with final year degree-level students at some of the world`s leading Universities and Art Schools.
To support this, we run the sector-leading Mentoring Programme and Partnership Initiative, where the students get to work closely with a select group of industry professionals at leading agencies. Final Year students also undertake a work placement at many of Scotland’s most successful design companies.
This project-led course will teach you the elements of visual design for both web and print. You will work on creative briefs to ensure you have practical experience of the design process.
- Graphic Design
- Personal Development Planning
- Creative Industries
- Web Design: An Introduction
- Art and Design: Creative Process
- Art and Design Project
- Graphic Production for Commercial Production
- Art and Design: Desktop Publishing and Layout
- Art and Design Context
- Digital Imaging
- Visual Communication
- Web Design
- Creative Project for Artists and Designers
- Design Production
- Digital Imaging Project
- Graphic Design Project
- Client Initiated Design Project
How Course Is Assessed:
Assessment is through practical projects where students tackle a range of client-initiated briefs, design competitions, and studio projects. The curriculum mixes research, problem-solving and teamwork skills with theory and practice in areas such as typography, colour, layout, publishing, and creative advertising.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- Interview and successful portfolio review
Download our progression route map here
Progression routes in education from this course include design degree courses at DJCD, GSA, Napier and ECA. Each year, a high number of graduating students progress directly into junior design roles in agencies, or pursue freelance work.
Rhys McGeary an Edinburgh College graduate on his Internship at Skyscanner. This one-year paid internship is only offered to our students this year.
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Fees - Information about funding can be found here