Visual Communication in Illustration HND is a vibrant and creative course designed to give you a thorough understanding of the visual communication industry. This course will allow you to discover dynamic knowledge and develop the skills needed to work as a freelance illustrator or progress on to university degree courses.
You will learn industry-relevant programmes in specialised illustration areas such as editorial, design, advertising and book publishing. Our aim is to promote your individual creativity, develop your artwork and prepare you for working in the industry. You will be taught by experienced illustrators and there will be options to undertake client-led live projects and briefs set by professionals from the creative industry as well as taking part in national design and illustration competitions. This is all invaluable practical experience to prepare you to work as a professional illustrator. Throughout the course, you will also develop a range of vocational and transferable skills which are highly sought after in today’s competitive job market. Edinburgh is a creative hub and it is a gift to study art and design in such a cultured city. HND students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in prestigious galleries for the general public, industry professionals and future colleagues to view.
The course has a dedicated Facebook page. If you’d like to see some of our students’ work or simply look at things that inspire us, please follow the link here:
Here is a link to our ‘moving image’ videos:
And a link to some of our graduates who are now working in the industry:
- Visual Communication Skills and Knowledge
- Project Work Based on Specialised Illustration Areas: Editorial (Magazines and Newspapers) Design, Advertising, Moving Image and Book Publishing
- Drawing Skills
- Design, Typography and Layout Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Preparing and Organising Work and Meeting Deadlines
- Portfolio Production
- Producing Self-Promotion and Marketing Materials
- Transferrable Core Skills
- Year one: Two Highers or Btec/UAL Level 2/3 or Foundation Diploma or SQA NC at SCQF Level 6
- Year two: Pass all 15 credits available at HNC Level
- You must submit a portfolio that demonstrates your advanced art and design skills and an understanding of the creative process
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- Assessment is through practical projects where students tackle a range of client-initiated briefs, design competitions, and studio projects
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- Candidates should show good drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process. If possible, your portfolio and your sketchbooks should show project work from research, through a development phase and on to final artwork. Candidates should show a range of creative work that they have undertaken which could be from other creative disciplines as well as from an Illustrative route.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Recognised entry to second and third year Scottish 4 year
Degree, for example
- ECA Second-year entry
- Grays School of Art
- Napier and Abertay
- Recognised second-year entry to R.U.K 3 year Degrees
Download our progression route map here
- Freelance illustration
- Working in a design or advertising agency
Course Cost And Funding Options
HND Illustration student Alex Williams tells us of his creative process and experiences at Edinburgh College school of art.
“Studying Illustration for the past two years has allowed me to develop a broad array of techniques using digital software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Prior to this course I had little knowlegde of digital illustration do starting out was difficult but so rewarding! Now my work is mostly all digital. I enjoy poster and book cover design, however, this year I’ve been focusing on chracter development which I’ve never done before. This course has allowed me to discover what I am passionate about and enjoy.
Next year I will be heading to Abertay University to study Computer Arts. I will continue to develop my digital skills as an illustrator and progress onto a bright future in the industry.”
Read more of our student stories here.