HNC/HND GRAPHIC DESIGN

HNC/HND GRAPHIC DESIGN

Undergraduate

COURSE OVERVIEW


The HNC/HND in Graphic Design will enable you to develop your creative ability and technical graphic skills, allowing you to determine the career path you wish to take. The course is delivered via a combination of practical workshops, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and field trips to galleries and museums. You will engage in creating your own portfolio and will have the choice to specialise within a discipline of your choice, such as illustration, digital media, advertising or typography.

KEYFACTS
Campus: London
Post Code: EC1N 2LL – Holborn
Duration: HNC First Year – HND Second Year
Delivery: Full-time
Intakes: March, June and October
Open Day: Periodically
Recruitment: I.M. Easy Recruitment Ltd
Level: HNC- level 4, HND- level 5
Non -Academic Entry Requirements All applicants need to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to your chosen subject or other design related projects.

You will also undertake a literacy and numeracy diagnostic test. (Full list of entry requirements can be view below)

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The course is aimed at students wanting to develop a career in various strands of the Graphic Design industry such as magazine design, publishing, branding and design agencies, art direction and advertising, website design, work in the television and film industries, founding their own design studio, further study and research.

Our students also develop skills that can enable them to develop careers in a wide range of related industries such as Arts Administration, Education, Media Practice and research and much more.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Graphic design has been gaining popularity in the design market. Our learners will have the opportunity to expand their work of artistic and creative nature. They will be offered the possibility of working flexibly, which provides many benefits on a personal and educational level. Our graphic designers will develop skills that will open the doors to creative expression, capturing different ideas, messages and emotions through newly created images.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

This course enables further development and exploration of your studies to HNC/D level. You will build on your prior learning to explore advanced typography along with design projects based around: corporate identity and advertising (for print and screen). Live/competition work is a major part of the programme. The course culminates in a negotiated final major project and exhibition.

The aim of the HNC/D Graphic Design is to enable you to develop conceptual, cultural, creative and practical skills and to encourage flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development.

A large part of the course will stretch you in terms of cultural understanding and the interpretation of it in contemporary and historical design and although this course will give you a vocational training that will ready you for industry, it will also act as a tool to open your mind, make new associations in your environment and will make you begin to question the depth and originality of responses.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of graphic design
  • Develop higher-level skills in a graphic design context
  • Develop range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • Ability to manage the delivery of various media and design projects
  • Demonstrate critical awareness and ability to research and synthesize complex information
  • Ability to communicate and present information and ideas in various forms
  • Develop ability to handle information.

TUITION

Also host guest speakers from the graphic design sector and advertising agencies to speak to you about their experiences. You will be taught to engage with the rapidly evolving market of digital design and visual communication on a local, national and global scale, in line with the demands of a fast-expanding industry.

The programme is complimented by visits to studio’s, agencies and industry practitioners; as well as attendance to Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions. The school takes part in international competitions, submits tenders and collaborates with companies thus allowing individual students or whole classes to take part in external professional offers – and ‘live projects’ which are always stimulating during their training period.

TEACHING

We offer a variety of engaging teaching methods from workshops, lectures, group critique and seminars, to individual tutorials. There is also emphasis on hands-on practical sessions which contributes towards the strong studio culture that has developed within the subject area.

ASSESSMENT

There are no exams on this course as your work is assessed primarily by coursework. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • project presentations
  • research and developmental work
  • design portfolios
  • written essays or reports

PROGRESSION

This qualification gives you the opportunity to progress directly into employment in the graphic design industry.

Upon completion, you with be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to produce graphic content for a number of design industries, such as advertising, magazine and fine art.

You may also choose to progress onto high education in the form of professional qualifications or a degree.

**Progression to Higher National Diploma (HND) is subject to sufficient interest and student experience.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

AGE: minimum 18 years

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • UK applicants: four GCSEs (C or above).
  • Minimum two A-levels (D or above) or any NARIC recognised equivalence
  • Level 2 literacy and numeracy (or equivalent).

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY 

  • IELTS 5.5 (min. 5.0 in each component)
  • PTE 51 (min. 51 in each component)
  • TOEFL (IBT) 87 – min. L-21, R-22, S-23, W-21

 

NON-ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

Mature students (over 21) are accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement.

You’ll typically have at least three years’ relevant work experience at an appropriate level and have prepared yourself for academic studies. You must also be operating at level 2 in both literacy and numeracy.

All applicants need to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to your chosen subject or other design related projects

Mature students: (over 21) are accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement.

 

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TERM 1

HIGH NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

  • Communication in Art and Design
  • Typography
  • Techniques and Processes

HIGH NATIONAL DIPLOMA

  • Web Design
  • Branding & Identity
  • Packaging Design

 

TERM 2

HIGH NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

  • Contextual Studies
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Individual Project (Pearson-Set)

HIGH NATIONAL DIPLOMA

  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-Set)
  • Art Direction

 

TERM 3

HIGH NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

  • Professional Development
  • Digital Design Practices

HIGH NATIONAL DIPLOMA

  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
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