HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication

Study with us at Glasgow Clyde College and you will learn all the different elements of the design process and how they work together. You will tackle lots of different design briefs along with technical tutorials that will enable you to grow your skills and expertise. It is our aim to grow your creativity and confidence as a graphic designer and to ensure that you are ready for employment.

The HND Graphic Design course contains a varied mix of units, which are mainly project-based and practical, with a strong emphasis on the design process and sketchbook work.  Our dedicated computer studios are kitted out with Macs running the latest industry standard software Adobe CC. In this digital environment you will learn InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

We also have dedicated studio space allowing you the best of both worlds — giving you a place to sketch, paint and get creative.

Areas of study include: Typography, Colour Theory, Design Thinking, Branding, Advertising, Magazine Design, Concept Development, Scanning, Printing, Studio Skills, Web Design, Image Manipulation along with options of Illustration and Animation in first year and Illustration and Web Design in second year.

By the end of our HND Graphics course you will have the knowledge and a portfolio to pursue a career in graphic design. If however you still want to continue your studies to degree level then you could apply for our extremely successful BA(hons) Graphic Design course.

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Course content

Year One
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Typography 
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Art and Design Project
  • Art and Design Context
  • Page Layout and Desk Top Publishing
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • A choice between Illustration or Computer Animation 
Year Two
  • Digital Imaging Project
  • Client Initiated Design Project
  • Design Production 
  • Magazine Design
  • Typography
  • Preparing a Professional Portfolio and CV
  • Creative Project for Artists and Designers
  • Graphic Design Project
  • A choice between Illustration Project or Web Design Project

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Higher Art and Design at C level or above, and English at minimum Intermediate 2 level OR
  • Higher Art and Design at C level or above, and English at National 5 level OR
  • NQ Art and Design (or equivalent)
  • conditional acceptances may be offered to those who are sitting Higher Art  and Design this year
  • suitable academic reference detailing creative ability, timekeeping and attendance
  • a personal statement is key to supporting a successful application
  • for those holding a relevant HNC it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

Selection process information 

Progression routes

• BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Glasgow Clyde College (students considering this route will require Higher English at C level or above)

• 3rd year entry to BA/BA (Hons) Graphic Design for Digital Media at Glasgow Caledonian University 

• 2nd or 3rd year entry to BSc/BA Computer Animation at University of the West of Scotland 

• 2nd year entry to BA Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art

• BA Graphic Design at University of Cumbria 

• BA Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art

• BDes Graphic Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 

• BDes Graphic Design at Edinburgh Napier University 

• Bsc in Web Design and Development at University of Abertay

• Employment in the graphic design industry

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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