Graphics Design males at MAC
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

Creative ideas are at the heart of our Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration course. Through sketchbook development, and following the design process on a variety of briefs, you will gain an introduction to the practices of Graphic Design and Illustration.

What will I learn?

You will cover units involving the study of typography, children’s book illustration, digital imaging, packaging, illustration, magazine design, photography and screen printing. This year long course provides an ideal foundation for those who wish to progress to either HNC/D Graphic Design or HND Illustration. If you are interested in studying an art based subject, our Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration course could be the perfect choice.

Course content:

  • Label and Packaging Design
  • Sketchbook Development
  • Software Skills
  • Children’s Book illustration
  • Typography
  •  Illustration
  • Magazine Design
  • Digital Media
  • Photography–Fist Steps
  • Photography–Artistic Development
  • Photography Digital Imaging
  • Corporate Identity
  • Design Project

For examples of our student work, and our blog, visit:
Graphic Design Blog

Graphic Design Pinterest 

Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration Instagram

HND Illustration Instagram

HND IllustrationShowcase 

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)

Route 1

  • Two National 5 qualifications, which must include English and Art/Graphic Communication or
  • Two Intermediate 2 or Credit Level Standard Grades, which must include English and Art/Graphic Communication
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.

Route 2

Where there are no formal entry qualifications, candidates will be required to present examples of their own creative work as part of the interview process.

  • A personal statement is mandatory to supporting a successful application/interview for route 2 applicants.

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

We teach sketchbook development as a fundamental tool for creative thinking which we consider essential for successful progression onto HND level study. Our course gives you the ability to visually articulate your designs and illustrations: this is the foundation of visual communication and progression to further study and career aspiration.

As a valued student on our Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration course we teach you all the relevant industrial software commensurate with progression to HND level study through dedicated experienced design practitioners.

All Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration students are well schooled in the basics of Graphic Design and Illustration; a key driver for applying to HND/Degree graphic design/illustration specific program and career aspirations. We also pay significant attention to the application of appropriate software and terminology, which reinforces the learning and understanding, again commensurate with further study or possible employment.

Jobs and further study

Progression from Foundation in Graphic Design and Illustration to HNC/HND is dependent on suitable progression through course work as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.

  • HNC/HND Graphic Design
  • HNC/HND Illustration

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?

When you apply, 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 Thursday and Friday 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 3187