HND Illustration
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications for August 2020 open January 2020

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.

What will I learn?

The HND Illustration course comprises of 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.

For examples of our student work and our blog visit: or our Instagram

In year one you will study:

  • Experimental Drawing Techniques
  • Illustration Projects
  • Digital Illustration
  • 3D Illustration
  • Life Drawing (clothed and unclothed)
  • Printmaking
  • Illustrative and Layout Typography

In year two you will study:

  • Animation
  • Self Directed Creative Project
  • Mixed Media
  • Illustration Project
  • Printmaking including Screen Printing
  • Developmental Drawing Portfolio
  • 3D Illustrative form
  • Digital Illustration Projects
  • Illustrative Typography
  • Typography Project

Employer and industry links

As a higher education/freelance employment focused department, we engage actively with our stakeholders to ensure that we deliver the right content for our students who move into Higher Education or freelance employment. Visiting various commercial printers, gives our students purposeful hands on experience in the technical set-up and printing of illustrative work. Talks from freelance illustrators reinforce the curriculum delivery by introducing demanding briefs that creatively implement of both digital and traditional skillsets.

Jobs and further study

Further study in Illustration, animation, digital art could lead to working in the creative industries as an Illustrator for the publishing and design industries such as children’s book publishing, editorial, packaging and paper products, animation industry, web design, the games industry, arts and crafts commissions, education and community arts.

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.

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.

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:

  • There will be a group interview during which the staff will look over your artwork before feeding back to you on an individual basis.
  • The group interview will be followed by a one-to-one discussion during which time references should be supplied (unless sent in advance).
  • Qualifications should be made available during the interview. Interviews will take place between February and June.
  • Selection will be made based on the artwork and your suitability to the course.
  • You will be informed of the decision by email within 10 working days of the interview.
  • Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
  • 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.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to attend a warm-up session in May.

Once you have accepted the offer you will be sent further information regarding funding, induction event, summer project and equipment requirements.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3187