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Visual Communication: Illustration HND

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

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: 

ILLUSTRATION ETC Graduates 2021

Here is a link to our ‘moving image’ videos: 

https://vimeo.com/illustrationetcvids

And a link to some of our graduates who are now working in the industry: 

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/Illustrationetc/_saved/

What you will learn
  • 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
  • Printmaking
  • 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

How the course is assessed

  • Assessment is through practical projects where students tackle a range of client-initiated briefs, design competitions, and studio projects 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week 

Entry requirements

  • 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 
  • Adult learners with relevant employment/life experience/skills will be considered for entry to this course. 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • All applicants are required to submit a Digital Portfolio and attend an Applicant Session.
  • Information on Digital Portfolios and Applicant Sessions will be sent to you after completing your online application form.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

Recognised entry to second and third year Scottish 4 year Degree, for example

  • DJCAD
  • ECA Second-year entry
  • Grays School of Art
  • GSA
  • HWU
  • Napier and Abertay
  • Recognised second-year entry to R.U.K 3 year Degrees

Career options

  • Freelance illustration 
  • Working in a design or advertising agency 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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