HND in Art & Design (Graphic Design) // Level 5

This course is delivered at our Queen Alexandra Campus in Wallsend. 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.


Year 1

  • Unit 4: Techniques & Processes  
  • Unit 13: Typography   
  • Unit 3:   Individual Project (Pearson Set)   
  • Unit 14: Graphic Design Practices   
  • Unit 2: Contextual Studies       
  • Unit 28: Communication in Art & Design           
  • Unit 1: Professional Development                                
  • Unit 31: Visual Narratives                        

Year 2

  • Unit 32: Professional Practice         
  • Unit 47:  Branding & Identity                                        
  • Unit 33: Applied Practice Collaborative Project      
  • Unit 48 Conceptual Practice    
  • Unit 49: Art Direction.        
  • Unit 39: Advanced Graphic Design Studies

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

As an HND is a stand-alone higher education qualification, many graduating students apply to top up their qualification to BA Hons Degree.Upon completion you may seek employment in a variety of Graphic Design related roles. We have a long standing and successful progression pathway with Sunderland University, who take our students onto their 3rd year Graphic Design degree programme.

Further Information 

The Art and Design Teams busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September 2021. Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of programmes. At QA we have developed an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching. Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the Art and Design team and wider college services available to you.

Art practical sessions will continue to be taught. This approach will ensure you develop your skills on campus. In addition, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology (Microsoft Teams).

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders (or this can be programme support teams etc) if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contact: Paul Harvey

Programme leader contact email:

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Course detail
UCAS Code 012W
Classification HND
Course Mode Full-time
Level Level 5
Duration Two Years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £6165.00 *
Start September