Visual Communication (Graphic Design with Moving Image) HNC @ SCQF Level 7

Introduction

This course leads to HNC certification in Visual Communication.

The HNC in Graphic Design with Moving Image combines the development of innovative and creative thinking with technological skill. Through use of both digital and traditional media you can develop your skills towards exciting careers. Students have previously continued their studies and gone on to become Graphic Designers, Animators, Freelance Professionals, Magazine Directors, Multidisciplinary Designers and Print Specialists.

 

This is a blended course which integrates online and face to face delivery. The course does have a completely online pathway for those who are not able to attend college. Please ensure you discuss this option at your interview if you know you cannot physically attend the college as there will be additional requirements/resources you will need prior to the course start date.


This course encourages you to further develop your creative and analytical thinking alongside higher level key skills required for progression to higher level study and working in the graphic design, moving image and illustration sectors.

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

  • 1 Year Attendance
  • Full Time 2/3 days per week
  • Independent study time is also required

Entry Requirements

  • A portfolio of work
  • Successful interview
  • Two Highers at C or above or equivalent or successful completion of the L6 in Visual Communication (qualifications ideally include English and Art/Graphics)
  • Current college students will require a positive progressing learner reference and core skills development
  • Entry may be possible for mature students without the stated academic qualifications depending on their prior knowledge and experience

Online Pathway only


Resources you are required to have prior to the start of the course for the online pathway (Blended students will have access to college facilities).

PC or Mac with following specs:

Windows

 

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Windows 10 version 1803, 1809 and later (64 bit)

RAM

8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

Hard disk space

5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; more free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

 

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1280x1024 display

 

GPU

OpenGL version 3.3 or higher (DirectX 12 with feature level 12_0 recommended)

Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

 

MacOS

 

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

macOS X version 10.13 (64 bit), version 10.14 (64 bit) or version 10.15 (64 bit)

RAM

8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)

Hard disk space

6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; more free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)

 

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1024x900 display (1280x1024 recommended)

GPU

OpenGL version 3.3 or higher (Metal Support recommended)

Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

Software

QuickTime 10.x software recommended

 

Software (can be provided by D&G College upon enrolment)

  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop

You will also need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Graphite pencil
  • Fineliner
  • Coloured pencils
  • Camera/smart phone to capture video
  • Scanner/camera to capture stills/copy artwork

Additional Entry Requirements

Examples of Creative Work
 
You will need to submit your examples of creative work prior to your interview. 
 
Please email admissionemail@dumgal.ac.uk with images of your work, a website or Instagram link. 
If you have any technical difficulties, please let us know. 
You can show us work via your webcam during your Teams interview but please let us know in advance if this is how you plan to show your full portfolio. 

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.


Please remember that you are required to bring a portfolio of work with you to your information and interview session. This can be a digital copy or originals.

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.

The following guidelines 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.
  • Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.
  • Video/film work to be restricted to 90 seconds.

You may be asked to complete a skills test as part of your interview.

Interviews can be conducted online by prior arrangement via Teams.

Course Content

This exciting course will give you a taste of the specialist areas of visual communication including graphic design, animation, illustration, web design and video production. You will learn and develop essential skills through both experimental and commercial practical projects, supported by theoretical studies that conclude as integrated design activities to help you achieve your SQA HNC certification in Visual Communication.

Alongside our industry-standard creative Mac studios with Adobe Creative Cloud, our smaller groups ensure you have direct contact with, and personalised support from, your experienced Lecturers throughout your studies.

All SQA HN Awards conclude with a graded unit. This is your opportunity to shine and complete an independent creative project that is graded with an A, B or C pass.

Assessments

Assessments are practical and written.

Progression

Students may apply to progress to HND level or University.

Career Prospects

Career pathways within creative industries are broad, they include; Graphic Design, Illustration, Freelance, Animation, Film, TV, Motion Graphics.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. Please visit their website: www.saas.gov.uk for further details.

Selling Points

  • Experience the full breadth of visual communication disciplines
  • Find your niche subjects
  • Discover your own creative style
  • Guest speakers and workshops
  • Opportunities for commercial creative briefs
  • Produce a wide-ranging portfolio for progression to HND
  • Exhibit your work 
Take part in the Student Film Festival and have your work judged by a panel of professional film-makers