Higher Education

Graphic Design (Level 5 Higher National Diploma)

Applications to this course must be made via UCAS. If you need help or advice with completing your UCAS application, please contact us at info@ncclondon.ac.uk

Course Overview

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have GCSE grades 9 to 4 (or equivalent) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English may be considered, 16-64 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels or Level 3 qualification in related subjects or an Access to HE Diploma.

Students over 21 years old, who do not meet these academic qualifications but have relevant work or life experience will be considered. Non-native English speakers or those who have not studied the final two years of school in English will take college assessments in English and Maths. Applicants are expected to attend an interview. You should bring a portfolio of your work E-portfolios are also acceptable.


On this course, you may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, find out more

This course is unique in its design as you will become a member of our design studio Blueorange. Blueorange is a live design studio delivering work to clients daily. From day one you will be assigned live client projects and real client briefs, giving you the experience of working with clients and developing your employment and communication skills.

Throughout this course, you will be supported to develop your creative ability and technical knowledge through a wide range of briefs and projects. You will gain an extensive understanding of the design process and professional behaviours. You will understand how to develop your own creative concepts, learn technical skills and produce finished design work both printed and digitally.

All students work in our industry standard design studio with current industry software. This course will prepare you for a career in the exciting and fast-paced world of Graphic Design.

What Will I Study

You will be studying a required mix of core, specialist and optional units totalling 240 credits.

Year 1 Units:
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Contextual Studies
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Typography
  • Professional Development
  • Photographic Practices
  • Visual Narratives
  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
Year 2 Units:
  • Professional Practice L5
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
  • Branding and Identity
  • Advanced Photographic Studies
  • Professional Development L4 (15 Credits)
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Assessment Criteria

    Throughout this course you will be assessed in the following ways:

    • Assessment briefs including live briefs from clients
    • Written reports
    • Oral presentations
    • Practical Assessments
    • Production of preparatory and secondary art and design work
    • Peer assessment
    • Production of art and design work
    • Portfolio/Exhibition/Peer vs client Interviews
  • Further Information

    You will be learning in our state-of-the-art facility, taking a hands-on approach to your learning by combining practical work and theory-based written assignments. You will be taught by industry experienced tutors with a curriculum designed to equip you with skills to enable you to progress to employment or further study. We aim to provide real working environments with our unique facilities for our students to fully prepare for a successful future.

    You can apply for the Student loan. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available.

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What Can This Course Lead To

On completion of the course, learners can progress onto second/third year of study in a creative Degree or other related subjects. You will have the skills and knowledge for employment as an Interior Graphic Designer, Creative Designer, Graphic Designer or even work as a Freelancer in your chosen field.

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