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This exciting and comprehensive programme is designed for those looking to gain employment in the creative industries through working towards building a solid foundation of knowledge in Graphic Design. The course supports and guides students through all the aspects of contemporary graphic design practice, enabling them to build up confidence and develop new skills.

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On the project-based Pearson Level 4 HNC course, students gain knowledge of industry practices and use leading computing software, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, to create and adapt work.

Why study HNC/HND in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

  • The course is cost effective, in comparison to University
  • There is a small cohort of students enabling targeted individual support and guidance, with workshops to build software knowledge
  • Open access to facilities outside of core teaching hours with dedicated Higher Education areas
  • Tuition in understanding of print design and print production
  • Work experience opportunities and work placements running alongside the course programme
  • Live client briefs and projects encouraging and supporting professional practice
  • Visiting speakers and relevant trips to speak to professionals in Industry
  • Lecturers all have experience of working in Industry and continue to maintain professional working practices
  • Main core teaching day is one day a week - 9.00am - 7.00pm allowing time to work alongside the programme -Opportunity to study at Level 5 Higher National Diploma after completion of the Level 4 qualification After the HND Level 5, students can progress to degree courses (one year top-up, Level 6) in subjects such as Animation, Graphic Communication, Game and Web Design or to gain employment in the Creative Industries.

"Within the course we have explored lots of techniques and have learnt how to use the relevant software programmes required for industry, as well as working on live briefs and creative projects for clients. The course pushes you to expand the scope of ideas and concepts to ultimately build a solid foundation of knowledge in Graphic Design." Nathan Cox, HND in Graphic Design 2018.


NEW SPECIFICATION This academic year with have introduced the new Pearson HNC specification with the new programme title - Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Graphic Design) we are enjoying delivery the new Pearson programme made up of 8 specialist units:

Professional Development, Contextual Studies, Individual Project, Techinques and Processes, Typography Exploration, Graphic Design Practice, Printmaking Techniques, Photography techniques

NEW MAC SUITE The new Mac suite has opened with the introduction of a suite of Apple imacs. The Imacs are running the latest Adobe software with a new licensing system, allowing students to log on to Adobe software in College and log onto Adobe software at home under the Newbury College registration. These means that students no longer have to pay for their own Adobe subscription to use at home and can continue to work at home as well as the designated Higher Education work rooms seamlessly.

WORK EXPERIENCE Work experience placements have commenced and we would like to thank Right on the Line design Agency, Design Manager, David Cornes, for providing work experience placements for the HNC students; the students who completed the work experience so far, have really enjoyed the experience and have all said how invaluable the placement has been. We are looking forward to continually the close link with Right on the Line and for placements to continue throughout this year. David has also been invaluable in answering specific targeted questions in relation to brief/units set.

"I learned a lot about the industry from talking to David and learned how Right On The Line works in dealing with their clients. I was showed some of their previous work and was also shown some extra bits in illustrator from David. I was set up working on a small graphic for a social media campaign. All in all a success and everyone was very friendly". Niamh Bray

SPECIALIST WORKSHOPS AND TRIPS The HNC students have been on specialist workshops at Red Hot Press, wooden and metal type printmaking and a trip Southampton Solent University to explore the Level 6 Top Up degree in Graphic Design.

We are looking forward to the scheduled trip to Fine Print in Basingstoke to gain a greater understanding and awareness of sending a file to print and the print production process; from the origination stages through to printing on the presses incorporating considerations when choosing specific colours, print finishes and paper stock.

Entry Requirements

A Levels (including Art and Design) OR a BTEC Diploma in an art-related subject with grades equal to 64 UCAS points. Qualifications in Maths and English at Level 2, or be prepared to study these alongside this programme. Students are expected to show examples of work at interview.

All students have the opportunity to improve their English and Maths skills alongside their course where appropriate.


Students already working as a designer or those considering entering the profession, may be looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Graphic Design.


Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)


Project briefs are set for each assignment and students are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. Students are expected to complete research and develop their own ideas, recording their own progress along the way. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments being graded at the end of each brief.

Home Study

Students need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on your course work outside of your normal class time.

Work Placement

Students are also expected to complete approximately 10 days of related work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.


Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design), Successful students can progress on to degree courses in Graphics, Game Design, Animation or web design, or gain or progress within employment.

Fees and Additional Costs

If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £200.00 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. Students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these visits may require students to pay entrance fees andtravel costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

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