Visual Communication HNC

UCAS code 712W
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HNC Visual Communication is a practical course that will encourage you to develop your skills in the creative design process.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive and exciting range of graphic design, illustration and photographic studies, combining traditional design techniques with state-of-the-art digital technology.

Special features

  • You will undertake live project work in liaison with the industry to generate employment opportunities
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Art and Design
  • Individual competence in art, design or lens-based skills evidenced by a portfolio of work will be considered
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

  • NC Art, Design and Media
  • NC Digital Media

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Art and design context
  • Visual communication: an introduction
  • Visual communication: graded unit 1
  • Digital imaging
  • Art and design project

Option units may include:

  • Graphic Design 
  • Illustration 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Web Design: An Introduction
  • New Media
  • Developmental Drawing 
  • Portfolio production
  • Photography: An Introduction 
  • Personal Development Planning 
  • Web Design 
  • Life Drawing 
  • Observational Drawing 

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical work in the classroom and design studio.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider careers in art, digital media, design, broadcast, graphics or illustration.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Visual Communication at Inverness College UHI, Moray College UHI and Perth College UHI.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Visual Communication HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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