Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 19
Total Hours: 570
Fee: 2600
Places Available: 15
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 15 September 2021
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00–16:00
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 390
Fee: 630
Places Available: 15
Course Coordinator:


Expand your skills, knowledge and understanding of graphic design with this exciting and comprehensive higher education programme. Designed for those looking to gain employment in the creative industries through working towards building a solid foundation of knowledge in Graphic Design, the course supports and guides students through all the aspects of contemporary graphic design practice, enabling them to build up confidence and develop new skills. This client and project-led course will teach you the elements of visual design for both web and print delivery. You will work on creative live briefs to ensure you have practical experience of the design processes. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self employed students. Please ask for further details.

Additional Information

The course will allow students to develop their technical and creative skills, opening avenues of future study in various design disciplines. The course teaches industry standard software and processes, meaning a student could pursue work immediately after completion. Fees are payable annually.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Core Modules

    Year 1 Mandatory Modules

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques & Processes
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Year 2 Mandatory Modules
  • Professional Practice
  • Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studies
  • Optional Modules

    Year 1 Optional Modules

  • Printmaking
  • Studio Photography
  • Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Branding & Identity
  • Commercial Photography
  • Digital Animation
  • Assessment Method

    Project briefs are set for each assignment and students are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. Students are expected to complete research and develop their own ideas, recording their own progress along the way. Assessment is through practical projects, where students tackle a range of client-initiated briefs, design competitions, and studio projects. The curriculum mixes research, problem-solving and teamwork skills with theory and practice in areas such as typography, colour, layout, publishing, and creative advertising. This will include the production of 2D and 3D work with accompanying sketchbooks and written work. This will culminate in a final major project and end-of-the-year show. There are no formal examinations. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments being graded at the end of each brief.

    Progression Opportunities

    The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Art & Design offers a progression route for learners on successful completion of the course. Students may also progress to other universities to complete a degree in associated studies. Usually being accepted onto their second or third year dependent on portfolio, interview and satisfactory completion of the course. The course is designed to prepare students for Direct entry into the workplace.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

  • 32 UCAS Tariff Points: This must include one full 6-unit award (GCE A2 or equivalent at A- level).
  • 4 GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent), and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English, however students may be required to have GCSE English for articulation on to degree programmes.
  • Access Diploma: Pass relevant subject-related Access course with a minimum of 48 credits at level 3 or above including 14 at Merit.
  • International Student Entry Requirements

    International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.