Visual Communication HNC

UCAS code 712W

What is special about this course?

The HNC Visual Communication is a practical, skills-based course. It provides the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative tools and techniques relevant to graphic design, photography, moving image and illustration.

Working on a range of creative projects, you will develop an understanding of how your evolving creative skill set can be applied through the design process.

Special features

  • Introduction to a breadth of visual communication tools and techniques
  • State-of-the-art software and printmaking facilities
  • Dynamic project briefs aligned to industry standard skills development
  • Opportunities for national and international trips to enhance your experience
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • 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
  • You may also be required to submit a portfolio and may be invited for an interview

Access routes

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Art and design context
  • Visual communication: an introduction
  • Visual communication: graded unit 1
  • Working in the field of visual communication
  • Digital imaging
  • Art and design project

Option units may include:

  • Graphic Design 
  • Illustration 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Developmental Drawing 
  • Portfolio production
  • Photography: An Introduction 
  • Personal Development Planning 
  • Art and design: creative process
  • Typography

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

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. We hope to have some practical sessions in semester one, however the majority are likely to be in semester two (from January 2021), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • 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

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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 while 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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available.

Additional Costs

Students are expected to fund the materials required for the production of projects and should allow a starting budget of £150 per year for this.

Optional course trips are available in some campuses at a fee of between £300 – £600, dependent upon selected destination.

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?

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Apply for Visual Communication HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.