HND Illustration
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.

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 digital and the handmade.

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: HND Illustration Showcase or our Instagram

In year one you will study:

  • Mixed media
  • Life drawing (clothed and unclothed)
  • Digital imaging
  • Art and design context
  • Art and design project
  • Printmaking and producing print
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Specialist Illustration
  • Graded unit 1

In year two you will study:

  • Animation: an intro
  • Developmental drawing portfolio
  • Mixed media portfolio
  • Illustration project
  • Printmaking in multiple layers
  • Developmental drawing portfolio
  • 3D
  • Digital imaging project
  • Graphic design project
  • Graded unit 2

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)

Year 1

  • Higher Art and Design at C level or above, and English at National 5 level OR
  • Foundation/NQ/NC Art and Design (or related subject)
  • Conditional acceptances may be offered to those who are sitting Higher Art and Design this year
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.

Year 2

  • HNC Illustration OR
  • First year of HND Illustration
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application
    If you do not meet the entry criteria 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

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.

Articulation Routes

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (Dundee University) – Illustration

University of the West of Scotland

Gray’s School of Art

Abertay University

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, animation industry, textiles, the games industry, arts and crafts commissions, education and community arts.

Further Study
University of the Arts London (UAL), University of Manchester School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh University), Edinburgh Napier University, Caledonian University Glasgow, University of Highlands and Islands, University of Creative Arts

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 for the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application.

If you meet the minimum entry requirements you will then be invited to an interview. (this will most likely be virtual on Zoom/Teams so you will have to download the apps) Interviews  will generally take place on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon 2.00 – 4.00pm between February and May 2021. You may also be required to show evidence of drawing and design work, you will be informed at interview if this is required.

You will be informed by email within two weeks of the interview whether you have been successful in achieving either a conditional or an unconditional place on the course.

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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291