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Graphic Design BTEC HND

Graphic Design TBCG


Graphic Design HND (Part time)

This qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, flexibility and skills required for a successful career within an exciting and ever-widening industry. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio, covering branding, corporate identity, design for print, advertising, illustration, editorial design, typography, digital design, and animation. You will regularly engage with leading UK design professionals through ‘live projects’ and talks, and benefit from our impressive track record for both gaining employment and winning national competitions. The course is an active member of British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) and has forged strong industrial links with both local and national designers. At the end of the year, you will exhibit your work locally and at a major London venue as part of D&AD’s New Blood exhibition. Work experience opportunities will also be made available to you in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available on request.

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Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in an Art & Design subject, or relevant professional experience. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your existing work.

You will be suited to this course if you can evidence the ability and/or potential to:

  • Work imaginatively in graphic and visual media
  • Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
  • Articulate and communicate your creative intentions clearly
  • Show a willingness to collaborate and discuss your work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on your activities and learning, and demonstrate intellectual inquiry
  • Embrace new ways of thinking and exploit digital technologies.
Course content

To achieve HND status you will have studied the following modules (Year 1 HNC study modules are marked HNC):

  • Professional Development (HNC)
  • Individual Project (HNC)
  • Contextual Studies (HNC)
  • Techniques and Processes (HNC)
  • Typography (HNC)
  • Graphic Design Practices (HNC)
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
  • Communication in Art & Design (HNC)
  • Surface Design (HNC)
  • Branding & Identity
  • Conceptual Practice
  • Art Direction
Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising designers, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs will be set for each assignment, and you will be encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities will be supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment will be continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you can move directly into employment within the design or advertising industry, or alternatively top-up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at Bedford college or elsewhere. Upon successful completion, graduates are employed as graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, web, and digital designers throughout the UK with some entering Europe and the USA. Alternatively, you could continue your studies with a Master of Arts (MA) qualification at University.

Additional information

You will need to study six hours per week, currently, Thursday – Friday from 9.15 am-4.30 pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose to study.

Additional costs

  • Basic art & design equipment such as layout pads, pens, scalpel, ruler, and external hard drive as per the materials list.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover all in-studio colour laser printing, use of specialist studio materials, papers and adhesives, provision of studio journals, two key texts, visiting speakers’ travel expenses and for completing students a contribution towards exhibiting at a major London venue.
  • Developing a personal portfolio (completing students) and self-promotional items approx. £100, and occasional visits by train to London.
Creative Conscience Awards

Higher Success

Two Graphic Design students, Ellie Di Carlo and Konrad Konopka, have come through with winning/highly commended entries in the International ‘Creative Conscience Awards’.

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 20/09/2023
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Wednesday, TH
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
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Fees: £3,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 21/09/2023
Type: HE
Length: 30 weeks
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: £3,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).


From January to March 2021, HE Graphics students worked on a variety of commercial briefs as part of the YCN International Student Awards. Despite the additional challenges of lockdown and working only online during this period, two teams have been recognised with Awards.


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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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Additional formats

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