Expand your skills, knowledge and understanding of graphic design with this exciting and comprehensive higher education programme. This is a one year programme, delivered through a blended learning model, meaning teaching and learning will occur both on site in the classroom and remotely via a virtual learning environment.


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

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HNC in Graphic Design

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Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose to study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

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Cameron Horner

While studying at Newbury College and University Centre Newbury, I gained the confidence to explore different subject areas until I found the right course to support my future career. I recently completed my Graphic Design HND, during which I have had the opportunity to work on live projects, gaining valuable experience while studying. More...

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Jake Lambourn

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Thea Clarke

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HNC in Graphic Design

  • Description

    Designed for those looking to gain employment in the creative industries through working towards building a solid foundation of knowledge in Graphic Design, this course will support and guide you through all the aspects of contemporary graphic design practice, enabling you to build up confidence and develop new skills.

    The Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design) programme follows on from the successful completion of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, you can progress into the workplace or continue on to Level 6 Top up degree.

    Unlike traditional higher education programmes, the HND is vocationally focussed and therefore can lead straight on to a career. You will gain knowledge of industry practices and use industry standard computing software, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects and Illustrator, to create and adapt work. On the HND, there is a focus on preparing for employment and applying for positions in the workplace through building a portfolio and brand identity.

    The course has been recognised for the excellent links with a variety of design agencies and industry professionals who contribute to the programme delivery and invaluable work experience opportunities.

    Other advantages include:

    • The course is cost effective, in comparison to University
    • There is a small cohort of students enabling targeted individual support and guidance, with workshops to build software knowledge
    • Tuition in understanding of print design and print production
    • Work experience opportunities and work placements running alongside | the course programme
    • Live client briefs and projects encouraging and supporting professional practice
    • Visiting speakers and relevant trips to speak to professionals in Industry
    • Lecturers all have experience of working in Industry and continue to maintain professional working practices and have been awarded Certificates of Excellence in the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020.

    During the course you will study the following units:

    • Unit 32 Professional Practice
    • Unit 33 Applied Practice - Collaborative Project (Pearson-Set)
    • Unit 39 Advanced Graphic Design Studies
    • Unit 42 Styling
    • Unit 45 Web Design
    • Unit 60 Digital Animation

    This course operates using a blended learning approach where part of some units may be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. To participate in this programme you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design. An alternative Level 4 qualification in an Art based subject will be considered at the interview stage.

    You will need to be comfortable with basic computer functions such as navigating the desktop; opening, saving and transferring files; and accessing online resources. We recommend that students are familiar with both Windows and Mac operating systems, however, you will receive training on using these platforms.

    This is a creative programme and you will be expected to work imaginatively to generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs. You should show willingness to collaborate and discuss your work, reflect critically, demonstrate intellectual inquiry and be open to embracing new ways of thinking.

  • Qualification

    Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design

  • Progression

    This programme is designed to give graduating students the best opportunities to enter employment as a graphic designer or similar role. Those wishing to further their study may want to consider a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design or diversify to a related subject such as Web Application Development.

  • Assessment

    Project briefs are set for each assignment and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. You will complete research and develop your own ideas, recording your own progress along the way. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments being graded at the end of each brief/unit.

  • Home Study

    You will complete research and set work on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the creative industries. It is expected that you will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on your course work outside of the normal class time.

  • Work Placement

    You will be expected to complete approximately 10 days of related work experience. This will help you to understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £323.95 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. The tuition fees for this programme are £6,000 per year. There is an awarding body registration fee (set by the awarding body) and an annual student association registration fee of £15.

    You may be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these visits may require you to pay for or contribute towards entrance fees and travel costs. You may also benefit from purchasing text books, details will be provided at interview or enrolment.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
HNDGRAPHICS 242501 Mon-Fri 09/09/2024 04/07/2025 09:00 - 19:00 £6000

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..