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HNC/HND in Graphic Design

Why study this course?

On this course you will be working with experienced design professionals who will help you to refine your analytical, creative and problem solving skills. Live project work with external clients will be combined with internally set project briefs. The course has a focus on employability and aims to equip you with the specific skills demanded by employers in the creative sector.

What will I study?

This course has been designed to develop visual communication skills with the latest graphic design software tools. Drawing, print, photography, mixed media and other traditional image-making techniques are combined with digital processes and techniques to enable you to perform as a flexible, creative and employable design professional.
Gallery/museum visits and guest speakers are key supplementary elements which provide credence to the course and ensure you develop a range of skills suited to the design industry. The course also includes a subsidised trip* to a European City which is linked to an assessed assignment. Previous locations have included Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin and Edinburgh.
*subject to availability

Modules studied include*:
Visual Communication; Ideas Generation and Development; Contextual and Cultural Referencing; Design Method; Packaging in Graphic Design; Digital Image Creation and Development; Art Direction for Advertising; Personal Style in Graphic Design; Advanced Typographic Design; Photographic Materials Techniques and Technology.
*Modules may be subject to change

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

Many of our previous students have gained careers in areas including - Marketing, Interior Design,UK wide Graphic Design Agencies, Illustration, Teaching and as self-employed Graphic Designers.
Completing the HND can also lead to a Level 6 ‘Top-Up’ year to gain a full BA Degree. Support for applications can be provided by the University Centre and course team.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are portfolio based and include critiques, presentations and group work. You will be tasked with creating graphic design projects in a range of mediums. You will also have the opportunity to present to external clients to ensure you are ready for your next career step.

Are there any additional costs?

You should expect costs of between £100-£150 per year for art materials (e.g. range of paper/pads, pens/pencils, drawing aids) dry materials (oil and soft pastels, graphite, water-proof pens and charcoal) and wet materials (paints, acrylics, inks, variety of brushes).

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

Your timetable will include a minimum of 15 hours of teaching in our Mac suite, printmaking, photography and design studios. You are expected to conduct a minimum of a further 12 hours each week on private study and enrichment activities – taking the opportunity to use the library and studio outside of formal lectures and design time.


Applications can be made direct to Tresham University Centre using the online application form. Alternatively, full time applications can also be made through the UCAS system.

The UCAS code for this course is 5W9W (full time only). This course can be studied on a part time basis.

Please note that all students who wish to apply for this course who are non-native English speakers, or have not studied the final two years of school/college in English, must demonstrate capability in English to a standard commensurate to:
-IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections
-PTE Academic score of 42 to 49.
Please contact us for further information.