Higher Education

Graphic Design HNC



Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration: Part-time 2 years, 1 day a week

Fees (2018-19)

Part-time total tuition fees - £5,989.77

About this course

This Level 4 course has been specifically designed to provide a wide variety of knowledge and practical skills relevant to pursuing or advancing their career as graphic designers in the modern creative industries world.

It includes a combination of stimulating graphic units to give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further specialised study or training.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

What will I learn?

Core Units

  • Unit 1: Professional Development
    • We look at careers in the creative industries, analyse our skills and attributes and map these to the requirements of graphic design, identifying our development needs and addressing them. We undertake a live brief with a real client, developing skills in interpreting a brief, developing and communicating ideas and concepts, presenting ideas and developing solutions. Other topics covered include artworking skills, costing and charging for work and self-promotion.
  • Unit 2: Contextual Studies
    • We look at the history of graphic design, contemporary designers and their influence on us as practitioners. We use primary and secondary research methods to investigate an area of practice, with consideration of research ethics
  • Unit 3: Individual Project (Pearson-set)
    • We follow the design cycle we select an area to investigate, develop and respond to as a graphic design assignment. We produce a portfolio of development work that culminates in a final finished piece.
  • Unit 4: Techniques and Processes
    • This design unit addresses identifying client needs from a brief then we explore concepts, materials and processes through experimentation and testing, taking the work through to a communication strategy and finished work.
  • Unit 13: Typography
    • We investigate the application of typographic practice in print and digital workflows, exploring influences from the historical and contemporary practice of type.
  • Unit 14: Graphic Design Practices
    • We learn to apply research techniques to establish an awareness of context, related to a graphic design problem that will meet client needs in a given context.

Specialist Units

  • Unit 19: Packaging Design
    • We look at how the functions of packaging impact on its design, with reference to historical and contemporary precedent. Ideas are developed and a final design solution produced that responds to client needs and developing environmental awareness of the impact of packaging.
  • Unit 28: Communication in Art and Design
    • In this corporate identity design assignment we will present a communication strategy and finished work.

Options will be dependent on staff specialisms.

What do I need?

48 UCAS points

  • A BTEC Level 3 Qualification in a related area; or
  • 2 or more A Levels with one in a related area
  • Plus GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above is preferred

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

A portfolio of previous work will be requested for your advice and guidance session.

Where can it take me?

Employment routes after completion of qualification

  • a wide variety of employment opportunities in graphics and other creative industries

The course will open up opportunities for apprenticeships or allow you to go straight into employment.

Top up routes after completion of the qualification
If you wish to continue your studies you can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours degree at many universities, in a graphics/visual communication-based subject area.

Additional Information

For more information or an informal chat, please contact Gillian Dunkerley on gdunkerley@halesowen.ac.uk or telephone 0121 602 7777 ext 7564.

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