Art and Design: Digital Design & Illustration: HND - Year 2

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Year

Start date
Aug 2024
East End
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Course overview

This course will help you to engage with digital trends in graphic design and illustration. You will gain a realistic, industry-standard knowledge of the creative processes involved in graphic design and illustration, utilising current, specialist software and hardware. You will also get experience of the client/designer relationship.

You will learn the rudimentary principles of graphic design and illustration whilst exploring the variety of approaches and techniques that contemporary digital and traditional designers use. You will engage with historical approaches and contemporary innovative practice and will experiment with various media and techniques. Students will primarily work within our specialist Mac studio with Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign.

The course puts a strong emphasis on research and development within sketchbooks and the use of design processes to produce highly finished, professional standard work that will build a portfolio for employment or further study.

You will also be working in a traditional studio setting with access to drawing, painting and printmaking facilities.

This course is delivered by a team of professionals who have a comprehensive knowledge and experience within the creative industries that will help to foster your creative thinking, technical ability and research skills.

You will undertake professional design practice that will develop and expand your technical knowledge and employability within the creative industries.

What you will learn

Course content includes:

  • Graphic Design Techniques
  • Illustration Techniques
  • Personal Project
  • Digital Media
  • Design Semantics
  • Development Drawing
  • Creative Project
  • Personal Investigation
  • Presentation
  • Advanced Project

Entry requirements

HND Second Year:

  • A pass in the first year of a relevant HNC is required (including HND Art & Design Year 1 mandatories)
  • You will have to show a portfolio of art work if selected for interview.

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

Future prospects

The majority of our students, who successfully complete the course, go on to study at degree level.

Destinations for our previous HNC/D students include:

Degree Courses: GSA; UWS; ECA; DJCAD; Grays; Heriot Watt; Cumbria; Birmingham; Wolverhampton; Leicester; Liverpool; Leeds; Goldsmiths; Falmouth; Farnham; St. Martins; Portsmouth; Huddersfield; Batley; Newcastle; Sunderland