HND in Graphic Design

The course will enable you to develop your design ability and technical graphic skills, allowing you to determine and focus the career path you wish to take. While we strongly advocate academic and theoretical research, the course's main emphasis is on the practitioner skills, which is delivered via a combination of practical, lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

You will be encouraged to create a portfolio and will be given the choice to specialise in a discipline of your choice, such as illustration, mobile or game design, branding.
BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) Graphic Design
Awarding Body: Pearsons
Duration and Delivery
  • 2 ½ - 6 semesters
  • Part-time
Entry Requirements
    A student is eighteen (18) years and over and have

  • A portfolio of work, or evidence of recent experience in art and design plus
  • Three GCSEs grades A - C which MUST include English and Math
  • One A Level or equivalent, in an art and design subject
  • A design certificate from a recognised institution
  • An interview

Additional Requirements
All prospective students will attend an interview where they should be able to demonstrate that they have an introductory knowledge of design theory and skills using creative software, along with English literacy.

It is essential that prospective students have knowledge of design theory and the ability to use creative software. Candidates who fall outside of the general admission criteria and selections are encouraged to enroll in the foundation design programme.

  • Tuition
    20% Introductory Discount on Tuition Fees
    $27 840.00 - (Non - GATE Funded)
  • Non-Tuition
    Fees are paid per semester
    $1 000.00 - Registration
    $1 000.00 - Administration
    $750.00 - Lab
Paying by installments
It is now possible to pay course tuition fees in installments. Call us to find out about our plans.
Registration and applications are in July for classes starting in September.

On successful completion of the HND, Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to produce graphic for entry onto the third year of an appropriate BA Honors programme or alternatively move directly into employment within a design related field.

A graduate will have the knowledge and skills needed to become involved in graphic design, illustration, animation, web design/interactive design, advertising, games design etc.

Course Outline

This programme consists of sixteen units spread across six semesters; the list of units can be viewed below. It is delivered part-time for two and half years with classes held one day per week and on Saturdays.

16 Mandatory Units
Students have to develop a personal project based on a set brief. Throughout the course, there will be continuously formative and summative assessments through the use of one-to-one, group discussions and grading to inform you of your personal progress.

A student's progress will be measured against learning outcomes to see how effect students are able to apply design attitudes, skills and knowledge.
Units of Study
  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
  • Design Principles
  • Editorial Design
  • Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art & Design
  • Personal Style in Graphic Design
  • Corporate Identity in Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media Web Authoring
  • Project Design Implementation and Evaluation
  • Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Research Projects
  • Cultural Interpretation in Graphic Design
  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Packaging in Graphic Design
Topics of Study
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Editorial design
  • Corporate identity
  • Branding
  • Drawing techniques
  • Digital design
  • Copywriting
  • Design methods