Graphic Design Hons
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

Study with us and learn what it takes to become a graphic designer. Whether you want to learn the skills to start your own creative agency, change careers, become a freelancer or work for some of the top design agencies, the HND in Graphic Design is a great place to build your foundation. Our fresh, innovative and effective approach to design education means that students achieve amazing (and award winning) results through brief lead projects, demonstrations and workshops, learning relevant and creative skills. You will be taught by a team of experienced and knowledgeable lecturing staff, who will mentor you to work as a professional designer to meet deadlines and follow briefs.

What will I learn?

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. By the end of this 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.

Year One

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Typography
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Art and Design Project
  • Art and Design Context
  • Leaflet and Magazine Design
  • Introduction to Web Design

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
  • Digital Media Project

HND 2021 Online Exhibition

HND Graphic Design Presentation

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Higher Art and Design/Higher Graphic Communication at a grade C or above AND National 5 English at a grade C or above; OR
  • NC in Art and Design, or related subject
  • Conditional acceptances may be offered to those who are sitting Higher Art and Design/ Higher Graphic Communication this year
  • Digital examples of your design work may be required
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application
  • Direct offers may be given to those who meet the entry requirements
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The graphic design school at Glasgow Clyde College has strong links with industry. Our students regularly work on fresh and interesting live projects.  The school also works closely with partners and alumni to deliver in-house talks and workshops, giving students a chance to meet designers from within the industry.

Our links with employers is also strong, with many returning to us time and time again to place students into full-time employment.

Some of our Alumni:

Karl Bewick, M&C Saatchi London, Graphic Designer
Julia Doogan, Skyscanner, Graphic Designer
Christopher Newton, D8, Graphic Designer
Jade MacFarlane, Made Brave, Graphic Designer
Craig Grant, G1 Group, Graphics & Marketing Manager
Fiona Gauld, Caledonian Cowgirl, Owner and Designer
Andrew Hankinson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Graphic Designer
Susan Fitzpatrick, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Senior Designer for Corporate Communications

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.  Successful HND Graphic Design students can progress to year 3 of the BA (HONS) Communication Design degree programme.  Entry will be dependent on...

Satisfactory completion of the above HND

  • Grade A in the Graded Unit
  • Attendance at interview
  • Portfolio review

Jobs and further study

Most of our students progress on to the BA (Hons) Graphic Design which is delivered right here at Cardonald Campus. Alternative progression routes include:

  • 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 Abertay University

Careers within Graphic Design and Digital Design

  • Graphic Designer 
  • Digital Designer
  • Advertising Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Corporate Identity / Brand Specialist
  • Web Design
  • Artworker

Career Advice on Graphic Design

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will receive an automated email for the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application
  • A digital submission of examples of art and design work will be required
  • Some group interviews may take place on zoom — a member of staff will be in contact directly with those individuals
  • You will be informed by email within two weeks of your application whether you have been successful in achieving either a conditional or an unconditional place on the course
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place
  • Successful applicants will be asked to attend a warm-up session in June where they will get further information on student funding, joining instructions and induction dates
  • If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example about student funding, joining instructions, kit list, induction date and an invitation to a warm up session to be held in early June.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3187