BTEC HND Art & Design

The Graphic Design specialist pathway provides an introduction into a wide range of graphics disciplines, allowing you to specialise in whichever aspect of the graphic design industry you wish to pursue.

Course details

The Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at David Game College is a fast track pathway to a successful career in the creative industries.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Mode of study: Full-time Blended learning
  • Intake: Intakes: January, May & September
  • Course length: 2 years
  • Course fee: 6000 per year
  • Locations: London

Plymouth University

Course overview

You will learn and work with the most up to date digital software (Adobe Suite), studying a range of modules that develop skills in digital design, typography, branding, infographics, packaging, motion graphics, illustration and editorial design. You will also be further prepared by core skills development in professional practice, contextual research studies and visual communication, be given the chance to respond to professional briefs and be taught by specialist tutors and visiting lecturers who are all working within the industry.


Entry requirements

A level standard or overseas equivalent Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)

Overseas Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 (e.g. Diploma de Baccalaureate, Brandos Atestas, Ensino Medio, etc )


The focus on specialist pathways, at Level 4 and Level 5, provides students with a clear set of skills and goals for further study or entering employment. Students who complete a BTEC Higher National in Art and Design may find work in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic designer
  • Print Production
  • Web Design studios
  • Animator
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator
  • Design Agencies
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Magazine features editor
  • Fashion Design Studios
  • Branding Agencies
  • Publishing Companies


This course focuses on the development of design skills, practical programme knowledge and technical ability to work in a design environment.

Graphic Design Practices415
Communication in Art & Design415
Visual Narratives415
Technique and Process415
Professional Practice415
Contextual Studies415
Pearson Set Project415
Advanced Graphic Design530
Digital Animation515
Art Direction515
Branding & Identity515
Professional Practice515
Applied Practice Collaboration Project530