Graphic Design

Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)

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Availability & Details

Art and Design (Graphic Design), Level 5 Higher National Diploma AF-ARDEHD-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

How to apply

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You will develop your creative ability and create a diverse portfolio whilst specialising in your chosen discipline, whether it be illustration, branding, advertising or web design. The course is delivered through a combination of creative workshops, lecture presentations, discussions, group work, self-directed study and one-to-one tutorials.

The course provides a broad study of the graphic design industry and is designed for you if you wish to pursue or advance your career in the creative sector.

If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

– BTEC Level 3 qualification in a graphics or art related subject
– A Level profile which includes a relevant art based subject
– Other related Level 3 qualifications
– Access to Higher Education Certificate
– Related work experience

If you are a mature learner, you may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

The course will be delivered over two days at College and one day working remotely on online industry-based projects.

Year 1 (Level 4) Units:

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Techniques & Process
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Communication in Art & Design

Year 2 (Level 5) Units:

  • Professional Practice
  • Collaborative Project (Pearson Set)
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
  • Web Design
  • Branding & Identity
  • Creative Industries Placement

You will develop your knowledge and skills within a range of graphic design contexts. You will build upon your prior knowledge to explore contexts such as poster design, advertising, visual merchandising, magazine design, branding & corporate identity, logo design and web design. You will learn about both historical and contemporary graphic design and be supported in delivering academic presentations and presenting your work professionally.

This is a coursework based programme with no exams. Assignments are issued to you as an assignment brief with a hand out date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that you are expected to provide. Successful student coursework evidence provides a balance of understanding, practical skills and Vocational attributes relevant to graphic design.

You will be required to make purchases throughout the year. These include sketchbooks, art & design materials, colour printing, framing artworks and educational trips.

This course is designed to help you gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. Progression for past students has included employment within magazine design, web design, branding and corporate identity.

The course also opens doors for future Higher Education study should you wish to top-up your qualification. The course aligns with the Framework for Higher Education and students wishing to progress to a BA (Hons) Graphic Design Top Up course (Level 6) should feel well prepared.

We work with a number of local businesses in the creative industry. You will be given the opportunity to participate in a work experience placement and a live brief competition. The course culminates in a negotiated final major project and exhibition.

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student