Visual Communication (Graphic Design with Moving Image) (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


This course explores the dynamic world of digital media, focusing on the creation, distribution and management of content across diverse digital platforms.

You’ll gain an understanding of the evolving landscape of digital media, and you’ll be equipped with the practical skills necessary for content creation in various formats.

This course will introduce you to creative and technical skills, in the production of screen-based graphic design and media content for interactive multimedia applications such as editorial, branding, animation, video and motion graphics.

Course code



Dumfries Campus



Full Time 2/2.5 days per week, plus independent study time is also required.

Entry Requirements

  • Two National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English and Art and Design or Graphic Communication; OR
  • Level 5 Foundation Studies in Creative Industries OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience
  • A portfolio of work
  • Current students will be required to have a Positive Learner Reference

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You’ll be invited to a group and/or individual interview/information session where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

You will also be required to send a portfolio of work to us prior to your interview.

Studying full time is a major commitment and reviewing your portfolio will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time. We will make an offer based on your application form, interview and portfolio of work.

The following guidelines for a portfolio of work should be noted:

  • A folio can consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and 3D artwork, typography and layout, digital files, animation, video, or a combination of all.
  • Neat and clean presentation is important.
  • A maximum of 15 pieces and a variety of work is recommended.
  • Video/film work to be restricted to 30 seconds.
  • Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.

Please remember that you are required to submit a portfolio of work prior to your Information and Interview Session.

Please send this in digital format to:

Course Content

This fun, creative graphic design and media course will equip you with the key skills required in this exciting and expanding profession.

This course typically employs a combination of lectures, hands-on workshops, case studies, and practical projects. Students will work individually and in groups to create and present their digital content projects.

During the course, you’ll be taught by staff with significant Digital Media experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

The course is delivered mainly through practical projects in the studio and state of the art lab, using industry standard software and techniques.


Assessment methods may include individual and group projects, presentations, written assignments, and practical exercises,

Emphasis is usually placed on both the creative output and the understanding of theoretical concepts.

The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks, so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year.

There is no formal exam


Students may apply to progress to HNC Visual Communication

Career Prospects

Entry level into professions such as Graphic Designers, Animators, Freelance Professionals, Magazine Editors, Multidisciplinary Designer, Manga Artist and Print Specialist.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

  • Experiment with a range of visual communication disciplines
  • Find your niche subject/s
  • Start to discover your creative style
  • Guest speakers
  • Live briefs

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