Visual Communication HND

UCAS code 312W

What is special about this course?

The HND Visual Communication is a practical course that will encourage you to develop your skills in the creative design process.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive and exciting range of graphic design, illustration and photographic studies, combining traditional design techniques with state-of-the-art digital technology.

Special features

  • You will undertake live project work in liaison with the industry to generate employment opportunities
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Art and Design
  • You will be required to submit a portfolio of your work and may be asked to attend an interview
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply
  • HNC Visual Communications may allow direct entry to year 2

Access routes

Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with HNC Visual Communications

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Creative Project for Artists and Designers
  • Digital Imaging Project
  • Design Production
  • Working in Creative Inudstries 2 
  • Preparing for a Role in the Field of Visual Communication 
  • Visual Communication: Graded Unit 2

Option units may include:

  • Client Initiated Design Project
  • Graphic Design Project 
  • Illustration Project 
  • Mixed Media Portfolio 
  • Web Design Project 
  • Photography: Advertising
  • Work Experience 
  • Photography: Image Editing 1 
  • New Media Project

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical work in the classroom and design studio.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC+ HND)
  • Part-time: approx 5 years (HNC+ HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider careers in art, digital media, design, broadcast, graphics or illustration.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion, you can progress to the BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Visual Communication HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.