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Graphic Design

South Downs College

UCAS Course code W212


The BTEC HND Level 5 in Graphic Design is a one-year top-up course for students who have already completed the Level 4 HNC in Graphic Design.

The HND is a specialist work-related programme of study which covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in today's graphic design industry. The course offers a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the graphic design sector and the national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

This course has been developed to focus on:

Providing education and training for a range of careers in graphic design

Providing opportunities to gain a nationally recognised vocationally-specific qualification to enter employment in design or progress to Higher Education vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in graphic design or a related area

Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the field of graphic design

Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in graphic design context

Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life

Developing critical awareness and the ability to research and understand complex information

Developing skills in communication and presentation.

Course Structure
The HND in Graphic Design comprises of the following topics:
• Digital Image Creation

• Copywriting for Advertising

• Corporate Identity and Branding

• Critical Study and Design History

• Magazine Design

• Work Based Experience

• Final Major Project

Teaching and Learning
You will attend approximately 11 - 12 hours of workshops, lectures and tutorials each week over a period of 34 weeks. The course will be taught with an approach that delivers:
• A balance between practical skills development and knowledge acquirement

• Links made between theory and practice in the workplace

• Utilisation of Industry Knowledgeable staff

• Links and work with industry employers

• Opportunities to apply learning to actual events within the sector through working upon live creative briefs.

Students will have access to a Higher Education Study Room with Apple Macs. The teaching computers are Apple Mac Minis and iMacs, using Adobe Creative Cloud giving them access to the latest versions of Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop, Muse alongside other essential programmes.

The HNC in Graphic Design is assessed continuously through a range of assessments, projects, group projects, lectures, workshops and formative tasks. Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. The process of assessment is part of the effective planning of teaching and learning and provides opportunities for both the learner and assessor to obtain information about progress towards learning goals.

The HND in Graphic Design is a one year Higher Education course, providing direct entry into employment. The HND can then be advanced to a full degree (Level 6) by attending a second or third year degree (or honours degree) at a University.

Award: HND
Professional Qualification
1 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

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