Graphic Design BTEC HNC
This full-time creative qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, flexibility and skills required for a successful career within this exciting and ever-widening industry. You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based portfolio, either within broad-based graphic design or tailored to a specialism, such as advertising, illustration, typography or new digital media.
You will regularly engage with leading UK design professionals through ‘live projects’ and talks, and benefit from our impressive track record for both gaining employment and winning national competitions. The course is an active member of British Design & Art Direction (D&AD), and has forged strong industrial links with both local and national designers. At the end of the year you will exhibit your work both in Bedford and at a major London venue as part of D&AD’s New Blood exhibition. Work experience opportunities will also be made available to you in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available on request.
“When I finished my Foundation Degree course I had the option to go to university but I specifically chose to stay at Bedford College and do a HND. The main reason why I chose this route was because I had spoken to the teachers and students on the HND course and realised how good it was. It was also a much cheaper option than university because I could live at home.”
“The course was designed to provide as much professional exposure and experience as possible, and that was why so many students went on to great success. We undertook live projects and each one focused on a different area of graphic design such as advertising, magazine layout, corporate identity and web design. For each area we learnt how to use the latest industry software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.”
“The teachers were brilliant. They each had their individual talents and industry knowledge that helped to enhance what they taught us in the classroom. For example our graphics teacher also worked as a designer at Bonfire design agency and he arranged for our class to have a portfolio assessment with one of his colleagues. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons why I got my current job as a designer for an events company so quickly.”
“Overall, I had an amazing time at College – they taught me everything I needed to know for a successful career in design.”
Lauren - Graphic Design HND
To start this course you will need a diploma in Art & Design Foundation Studies, or a National Diploma in an Art & Design subject, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, or relevant professional experience. Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.
You will be suited to this course if you have the ability and/or potential to:
- Work imaginatively in graphic and visual media
- Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
- Articulate and communicate your creative intentions clearly
- Show willingness to collaborate and discuss your work in group situations
- Reflect critically on your activities and learning, and demonstrate intellectual inquiry
- Embrace new ways of thinking and exploit digital technologies.
During the course you will study the following core compulsory units:
- Visual communication
- Ideas generation
- Contextual and cultural referencing
- Professional practice.
You will also study four specialist units from the following selection:
- Advertising campaigns
- Editorial design
- Corporate identity
- Drawing techniques
- Digital design.
You will be taught how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in the first term.
During the course you will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising designers) in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs will be set for each assignment and you will be encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities will be are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment will be continuous, with assignments graded at the end of each task.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment.
- Basic art & design equipment such as layout pads, pens, scalpel, ruler, and external hard drive as per materials list.
- Resource fee of £150 to cover all in-studio colour laser printing, use of specialist studio materials, papers and adhesives, provision of studio journals, two key texts, visiting speakers’ travel expenses and for completing students a contribution towards exhibiting at a major London venue.
- Developing a personal portfolio (completing students) and self-promotional items approx. £100, and occasional visits by train to London.
To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 112W. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.