Visual Communication: Illustration

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


The HND Visual Communication specialising in Illustration is a well-respected advanced studio-based course that prepares students for a successful career as an accomplished and professional Illustrator.

What you will learn

Year 1

Illustration; Mixed Media; Printmaking and Producing Print; Developmental Drawing; Observational Drawing; Portfolio Production; Visual Communication: Graded Unit 1; Art and Design Context; Digital Imaging; Art and Design Project; Art and Design: Desktop Publishing and Layout; Typography: An Introduction; Visual Communication: An Introduction; Working in the Field of Visual Communication.

Year 2

Specialist Illustration; Design Production; Developmental Drawing Portfolio; Digital Imaging Project; Art and Design: Desktop Publishing and Layout Project; Client-initiated Design Project; Mixed Media Portfolio; Illustration Project; Visual Communication: Graded Unit 2; Creative Project for Artists and Designers; Web Design: An Introduction; Preparing for a Role in the Field of Visual Communication.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers; or Art and Design Diploma Level 3 (UAL); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview and portfolio.

Progression Routes

Degree level course at university

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years


Art and Design

SCQF Level