The HNC is equivalent to the first year of a standard three-year university degree. After the HNC, you can move onto a HND with us or with another institution and then on to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree.
This course lets you engage in the intellectual, creative and technical skills needed for success in the creative industries. It focuses on diverse disciplines in the industry such as print to motion graphics, photographic work, typography, illustration and editorial and web design. You'll learn the essential skills of visual communication and draw on inspiration from all areas of art and design and through your own life experiences. This will develop your individual visual style. A practical course with time specific and industry-related briefs.
You'll need to pay for some design material for your individual projects. Units of study include:
- Corporate design
- Record industry
- Historical design
- Marketing and advertising media
- Typographical and editorial design
- Web design
- Exhibition and display design.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be HNC Graphic Design
- GCSE maths and English grade A*-C or equivalent; AND
- A related Level 3 qualification, which could be an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR
- At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E; OR
- Related work experience (if you're an older learner we'll take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience). You'll need to bring a portfolio of your work to interview. If you don't have one, you'll be given tasks by the interview panel.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
Progression to a HND, degree or work in a range of graphics or related roles, including ad designers and illustrators.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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