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.

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 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.

The Higher National Certificate in Art and Design, specialising in Graphic Design programme of study is wide and varied and includes the mandatory units - Professional Development, Contextual Studies, Individual Project, Techniques and Processes, Typography, Graphic Design Practices and the optional units - Photographic Practices and Printmaking

Building on the HNC, students continue onto the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design specialising in Graphic Design. The course incorporates mandatory units - Professional Practice, Applied Practice Collaborative Project, Advanced Graphic Design Studies

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 are expected to spend additional study hours in the College Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. 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 30 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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