Graphic and Communication Design

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


This NC is a course suited to school-leavers or adult returners looking to expand their existing skills and portfolio in the specialist area of Graphic and Communication Design before moving on to study a Foundation Diploma, HND or Degree in Graphic Design, User Experience Design or Visual Communication.

A range of industry-focused briefs give you stimulating opportunities through the year to produce and present effective design outcomes within our design studios and MacLabs. You will use industry-specific software alongside sketchbooks to explore your ideas and concepts whilst investigating historical and contemporary Designer's work to contextualise and critically evaluate your own work. Design thinking and the design process underpin the course giving you the skills to realise and produce successful digital outcomes for both print and web.

You will study:
Graphic Design; Creative Industries; Art and Design: Creative Process; Art and Design Project; Art and Design Context; Digital Imaging; Visual Communication; Design Production; Digital Imaging Project; Graphic Design Project.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5; or Art and Design Diploma Level 2 (UAL); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Interview and portfolio.

Progression Routes

HND Visual Communications: Graphic Design or other relevant HND

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Art and Design

SCQF Level