University Centre at Salford City College
Graphic Design HND
University Centre at Salford City College

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20046 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £18042 - £24043 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

Course Description

The objectives of this HND Art & Design (Graphic Design) course are as follows: ● To equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global graphic design environment. ● To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels. ● To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values. ● To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in fashion, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Graphic Design, or a related area. ● To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives. ● To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of graphic design. ● To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large, with particular emphasis on sustainability and the environment, recognising the role that graphic design plays in addressing these issues. ● To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification within their chosen area of specialisation. ● To provide opportunities for students to achieve certifications. ● To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond. ● To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations. ● To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

Core Units at Level 4 include: ● Professional Development ● Contextual Studies ● Individual Project (Pearson-set) ● Techniques & Processes ● Screen-based Practice ● Typography ● Graphic Design Practices ● Communication in Art & Design

Core Units at Level 5 include: ● Professional Practice ● Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson set) ● Advanced Graphic Design Studies ● Branding & Identity ● Art Direction ● Digital Animation

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Graphic Design, HND you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

Through a combination of practical, lecture and work based learning, over the two years of the course you’ll study areas such as: Branding and Corporate Identity, Advertising and Art Direction, Lettering and Typography, traditional and digital Illustration, Digital Animation, Graphic Design techniques and processes, Contextual Studies and Professional and Collaborative Practice. All of these are via projects that have the maximum industrial context, and through a wide variety of field trips and our visiting practitioner ‘Walk The Walk’ talks. These will give you a flexible set of creative, analytical and organisational skills that are in high demand in the Creative Industries and beyond. Students on both years of the course also have opportunities to work on Live Briefs for real-world clients through our in-house design studio, ‘STUDIO PENDULUM’. Our HNC/HND students are based in bespoke graphic design studios, which are fitted with industry-standard Apple Macs and Adobe software – so no need to buy your own computer or software. You’ll also have access to the other facilities in the School of Creative Arts, including our Photography studios and darkroom, Fine Art and Fashion & Textiles studios, and a well-stocked Art & Design Library. Our aim is to create flexible, resourceful, creative visual communicators with strong transferable and interpersonal skills. Through all of the above, we’ll help you to develop: ● Critical thinking skills, which can be used to inform judgments and produce solutions to problems. ● The technical skills and understanding necessary for the effective realisation of creative and professional graphic communication concepts. ● An understanding of the broad contexts in which visual communication operates. ● The intellectual potential, practical skills and capabilities in preparation for employment, self-employment or further study at Level Combining all of these - together with developing your social media/digital presence - allows you to prepare a high-quality Portfolio of Work and join the ranks of our previous students working in the exciting and ever-changing Creative Industries!

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Applicants should have 5 GCSE including English and Maths at C/4 (or equivalent)

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Creative Arts and Design

Qualification requirements

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Graphic Design, HND, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Graphic Design HND

EU £7500 year 1
England UK £7500 year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 year 1
Scotland £7500 year 1
Wales £7500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About University Centre at Salford City College

The University Centre at Salford City College is the division of the institution that delivers their Higher Education offerings, and is located in the English city of Salford. The University Centre specifically can be found within MediaCityUK.

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