Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is for anyone interested in developing their design skills to a professional level and preparing their portfolio for industry or continuing their education with a top-up third year on an appropriate BA (hons) course (e.g. graphic design, illustration, animation, web design/interactive design, advertising, games design etc.). The course will help you gain the theoretical, analytical, creative, technical skills and professional insights to become a successful designer, through exploring traditional and digital media, investigating communication issues and the history and contexts of design.
This course is designed for progression to University and/or progression into industry. Once you have completed your studies, there is a wide range of careers open to you. The nature of your career options depend on which area of the visual communication industries you choose to specialise in.
Modules over 2 years may include:
- Digital Image Creation and Development;
- Website Creation & Management;
- Animation Techniques for Interactivity;
- Advanced Typographic design;
- Visual Communication in Art and Design;
- Interactive Media Design;
- Advertising Campaigns;
- Photographic Techniques;
- Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design;
- Packaging in Graphic Design;
- Professional Practice in Art & Design;
- Interactive Media Web Authoring;
- Communication with Images in Art and Design.
Start and End dates: The course will begin in September 2016 and end in July 2018
One of the following Level 3 qualifications: BTEC L3 Extended/Diploma/Access to HE Diploma/1 A level or 2 AS levels. Work based qualifications will also need learners to be working in the relevant sector. Some courses will have specific entry requirements. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment and successful interview. If first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS for Foundation Degrees and 5.5 for Higher National Diplomas alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification.
Each module is assessed using a variety of assessment methods. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, time management and effective communication skills. Each module carries a number of assessments which will be both practical and written.
What other opportunities will I have? The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector and the national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. After studying for this course, you will have the skills to pursue a career in the creative industries.
Learners who completed this course went on to... On successful completion of the Level 5 HND, students will have the opportunity to apply to study for a full degree. The qualification can lead to employment in a number of careers in the design sector. Employer Involvement: As part of the course curriculum delivery employer visits and guest speakers are arranged to enhance and contextualise learning where appropriate.
Why choose our College?
- We have strong links with partner universities;
- Our tuition fees are lower than universities;
- We support our students through smaller classes and careers advice on progression to either employment or university;
- We are located within walking distance of London Underground and mainline rail stations;
- We have excellent facilities including a common room exclusively for Higher Education students;
- We offer financial support with grants, loans and bursaries that you may be eligible for.
The course is mainly taught through studio based projects, augmented by trips to locations and galleries/exhibitions. You will also work on team and live projects which will prepare you for the processes and demands of the professional environment. Along with traditional art studios, we are fully equipped with Mac computers and Adobe Suite software along with Maya (3D modelling). We have photographic and film studios a darkroom and a well stocked library to support your studies. There is also dedicated HND Common Room, equipped with P.C.s for independent study.