HND Visual Communication (Illustration)

This course will give you the opportunity to explore the creative and diverse world of Illustration through editorial and publishing, to story boarding and character design. You will be introduced to different ways of working, where you will combine old and new techniques, bringing together the handmade and digital imagery.

The HND Illustration course contains a mix of units, which contain a series of projects, workshops and discussions. You will be able to experiment and explore a variety of outcomes that introduce the key skills necessary to set out in the pursuit of a career as an illustrator and to ensure that you are employment ready.

This course is delivered by a dedicated team of professionals with a breadth of experience within the creative industries who will encourage your progress. We have strong relationships with Higher Education institutes throughout Scotland and across the United Kingdom, with many of our students successfully gaining direct entry places into university.

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Course content

Year One 
  • Experimental Drawing Techniques
  • Illustration Projects
  • Digital Illustration
  • 3D Illustration
  • Illustration for Packaging
  • Life Drawing (clothed and unclothed)
  • Printmaking
  • Workshops including animation

Year Two
  • Self Directed Creative Project
  • Mixed Media
  • Illustration Project
  • Printmaking including Screen Printing
  • Observational Drawing including Life
  • 3D Illustrative form 
  • Digital Illustration Projects
  • Illustrative Typography

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

Illustration, animation, digital art, freelance Illustration for the publishing and design industries such as children’s and general book publishing, editorial, packaging and paper products, web design and the games industry, arts and crafts commissions, education and community arts.

University admissions 
  • Students gain entry at year 2 / 3 level
  • Scotland Degree Courses
  • BA Communication Design Robert Gordon University 
  • BDes Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
  • 3rd year entry to BA Digital Art at University of the West of Scotland 
  • BA Digital Media Edinburgh Napier University
  • Bsc Computer Arts at University of Abertay
  • BA Computer Animation at University of the West of Scotland 
  • BA Computer Games (Art and Animation) at Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • BA Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art
  • BA Interaction Design at Glasgow School of Art
  • BA year 3 Art & Design Forth Valley College


Rest of the UK
  • BA Illustration at University of Cumbria  
  • BA Illustration and Design University of Sunderland
  • BA Illustration Camberwell University of Arts London
  • BA Illustration & Animation Manchester School of Art
  • BA Illustration Birmingham City University
  • BA Illustration University of Central Lancashire

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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