HND Graphic Design (Visual Communication)

Throughout this graphic design course, students will be supported in developing their creative ability and technical knowledge through a range of practical projects and creative briefs. Students will gain an extensive understanding of the design process, develop their own creative concepts, learn technical software skills and produce finished design work both printed and digitally.

Students will work in our high quality studios and facilities (using Adobe Creative Cloud) and will also benefit from working on live projects with external clients, as well as experiencing studio visits and guest speakers.

This course will prepare students for a career in the exciting and fast paced world of graphic design.

One of our current students recently worked with Stirling Gin Distillery on a live project as part of their course, click here to find out more.

Please be aware that the SQA award achieved on completion of the course is HND Visual Communication.

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Digital Imaging
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Sustainable Design
  • Portfolio Production
  • Printmaking
  • Desktop Publishing

  • Graphic designer
  • Digital designer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Illustrator
  • Artworker
  • Art director
  • Freelance designer
  • Games artist

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into Year three of the following degree programmes:

  • BA Art and Design - Forth Valley College
  • BA (Hons) Digital Media - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise – Fife College, Glenrothes campus (validated by Queen Margaret University)

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students can still apply for entry to Year one or two of many of these degree programmes and should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

All applicants are required to demonstrate a portfolio during interview

Plus one of the following:

  • Two Highers at grade C or above to include Art and Design and, preferably, English. If applicants do not hold Higher English they must possess National 5 English
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media plus Higher Art at grade C or above
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units
  • Alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as: the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email



Stirling Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 8