Visual Communication (Graphic Design with Moving Image) (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


Graphic Design with Moving Image combines the development of innovative and creative thinking with technological skill. Through use of both digital and traditional media you can develop your skills towards exciting careers. Students have previously gone on to study higher education courses and now work in a range of professions, these include Graphic Designers, Animators, Freelance Professionals, Magazine Directors, Multidisciplinary Designer, Manga Artists, and Print Specialists.  


This course helps you develop key skills required for progression to Higher Education studies and working in the graphic design, moving image and illustration sectors.

Course code






Attendance: Full Time 2/3 days per week.  

Independent study time is also required.

Entry Requirements

  • A portfolio of work
  • Successful interview
  • 3 National 5 awards at C or 3 intermediate 2 awards or Foundation Studies in Creative Industries (qualifications ideally include English and Art/Graphics)
  • Current college students will require a positive Progressing Learner Reference
  • Entry may be possible for mature students without the stated academic qualifications depending on their prior knowledge and experience
  • You may be asked to complete a skills test as part of your interview.
  • Video/film work to be restricted to 30 seconds.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application, you may be asked to attend an interview. This may be face to face, phone, or Microsoft Teams. You must confirm your attendance, should you be offered an appointment. Your interview will last no more than 20mins and it is imperative you arrive on time, or you may be asked to reschedule.

Reviewing your portfolio will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time.

The following guidelines should be noted:

  • A folio can consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and 3D artwork, typography and layout, digital files, animation, video, or a combination of all.
  • Neat and clean presentation is important.
  • A maximum of 15 pieces and a variety of work is recommended.
  • Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.
  • Applicants who do not bring their portfolio will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Course Content

This fun, creative graphic design and media course will equip you with the key skills required in this exciting profession. 

Enjoy learning through a series of experimental projects in animation, typography, illustration, image editing, graphic design, video, sound, and web design. The course content is subject to change.  

Essential skills for employment or progression to further study will be developed including ICT, Communication, Numeracy, Problem Solving and Working with Others, all within a stimulating and industry standard Mac environment. Our smaller group sizes ensure that you benefit from direct support with an experienced lecturer.


Practical and written.


Students may apply to progress to HNC Visual Communication

Career Prospects

The course is designed to provide an option for further study in Visual Communication which will then lead to employment in a range of visual or digital media-based careers including self-employment or creative roles such as animation, web design, advertising, graphic design, film, TV etc.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

  • Experiment with a range of visual communication disciplines  
  • Find your niche subject/s 
  • Start to discover your creative style 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Live briefs