HNC in Art & Design (Graphics) // Level 4

This course is delivered at our Queen Alexandra Campus in North Shields. It provides an understanding of the theory, skills and professional practice required to work in the field of graphic design. Combining practical skills, including the use of Adobe design packages, with essential theory such as the development of graphic design from its roots to the latest street and urban art, this course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

You will be encouraged to develop your own individual ideas-based portfolio, which could include broad-based graphic design or more specific illustration, typography or digital media.


  • Visual communication in Graphic Design
  • Historical and contextual referencing
  • Professional practice
  • Developing a personal style
  • Ideas generation in Graphic Design
  • Typographic skills

Entry requirements

An appropriate BTEC National Diploma in Design; or an appropriate Access to HE qualification; or a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies; or two AS Levels and one A Level, including an Art and Design subject. You will be expected to bring a portfolio of work that reflects your to the subject. Applicants without formal qualifications/with appropriate work experience or other can apply. An interview required.


Assessment is through assignments and work submitted, which is assessed each semester, with an external examiner visit at the end of the academic year.

Progression & Careers

HNC students have the option of topping their qualification up to an HND with a further year of study. Upon completion you may seek employment in a variety of Graphic Design related roles.

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Course detail
Classification HNC
Course Mode Part-time
Level Level 4
Duration Two years
Location Queen Alexandra Campus
Annual fee £2260.00
Start September