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Graphic Design HND Level 5

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This is the second year of a 2 year course, which can be taken after successful completion of the HNC Graphic Design. This course will concentrate on graphic design and digital communication fundamentals for an ever-changing multi-channel world. It’s about building the skills to create great ideas and deliver them at a professional level across a host of print and digital applications.

Each module will be delivered in collaboration with an external organisation, from client briefing, understanding your target market, project development to the final pitch and presentation. Work experience will be offered in prestigious design studios.

After successfully completing the programme, you will be awarded a HND (Higher National Diploma) in Grapic Design. The majority of our students go on to complete a full BA (Hons) top-up, meaning that the first two years of their degree are less than half the tuition fees of universities.


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  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 23-FL5HD-GRA-1

    Start Date Monday 04 Sep 2023

    How long is the course? 34 weeks

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 5PM

    When does the course run? Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £4,693

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Pearsons

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • Are you interested in working in the creative industries?

    This course offers students the opportunity to develop their creative potential as a designer through a wide area of study, with dedicated one-to-one support from professionals from the start of the course.

    You will learn to visualise, collaborate, experiment, and project manage as you work on real-world projects with other students. As you do so, you will also develop your knowledge of the creative industries, explore design theory, branding and strategy, and learn Adobe CS.

    Graphic Communication is an exciting, dynamic, continually evolving field. In this course, you will be taught the design process through a series of tutorials, lectures and practical workshops in graphic design, illustration, photography and animation in its broadest sense to make you a flexible practitioner.

    You will be mentored by visiting professionals working in the field and online one-to-one mentorship and offered work experience to equip you with industry-ready skills.

  • How will you be taught?

    Students will be taught in a dynamic studio environment by passionate, enthusiastic staff with a wealth of professional expertise and external industry professionals. Students will develop a theoretical understanding throughout the two-year programme through highly structured learning. Each year, the students undertake 3 major projects delivered through a unique project toolkit workbook that ensures each individual's success. These unique workbooks allow the students to monitor their progress by enabling step-by-step individual blocks of learning and ensuring success at the highest level possible.

    Students will be trained in design and multi-media software and acquire the technical skills to be highly proficient in Adobe CS. The course will nurture and encourage innovative and creative thinking to enable you to find your own voice and way of working within the broad scope of Graphic Communication.

    Professional Support

    With more than 70 market leading brands, Haymarket Media Group will introduce students to real industry expertise and guide you in taking your first steps in the industry. In the second year of the course you will take on the challenge of building your own portfolio website with the assistance of a professional website company, Buzz Lead media.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This level 5 course is designed for those focused on developing their professional skills & portfolio to an industry ready standard. The majority of our students then complete a full BA(Hons) degree as a top-up. The HND introduces the student to higher-level thinking working independently with prestigious clients such as Kew Gardens on a sustainable product for their gift shop and developing your own professional portfolio with a web design company, Buzz lead media.

    Project 1: Create a professional portfolio website

    Project 2: Create a sustainable product with Kew Garden Graphic Design department

    Project 3: Pearson set

  • Skills and experience you will need for the course

    You will need to meet the entry requirements for the course. You should be creative, with a passion for the subject and an eye for design. Having experience with Adobe Creative Cloud would be an advantage, but is not essential. Previous work experience in a design capacity would also be an advantage, but not essential. Good organisation, time management and the ability to meet deadlines would also be an advantage, not just for the course, but for your working life too.

  • Entry requirements

    To study this course, you must be 18 years or over and have successfully completed the HNC Graphic Design

  • Progression options?

    After the first year of successfully completing the HNC and HND in Graphic Design, the majority of our students go on to complete a full BA (Hons) top-up, meaning that the first two years of their degree are less than half the tuition fees of universities.

  • Costs - tuition fees, loans and classroom costs

    HND:  The total fee to pay is the tuition fee  plus the top up fee of £94 = £4693.

    As this course is higher education, it means that you can apply for a student loan to pay for your tuition fees. You can find out more about student loans by clicking here.


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