Digital Design and Development HND

UCAS code 007I

What is special about this course?

Digital agencies are replacing traditional web design companies as technologies develop. Services provided have expanded into: e-commerce; app development; digital marketing and branding; SEO; UX/UI design; graphic design; video production; motion graphics; animation; and copywriting. Many larger organisations have their own digital teams who provide services in-house.

The HND Digital Design and Development brings together a collection of related technologies, which provide a user experience using digital platforms. Digital content creation goes hand-in-hand with an understanding of digital design and development; disciplines such as graphic design, animation, video and audio production all form part of this subject area.

You will have the opportunity to examine the principles of user-centred design and developing trends in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and put these theories into practice while working on real-world interactive media projects. The HND builds on the HNC Digital Design and Web Development content.

Special features

  • Enhance your employability within an ever-changing employment market, with an up-to-date, relevant qualification 
  • Develop your creativity in the design and production of digital/interactive products
  • Option to progress to degree level studies on our BSc (Hons) Interactive Media


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

For year one, HNC Digital Design and Web Development:

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Computing with Digital Media Level 6
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Direct entry to year two may be possible with the HNC Digital Design and Web Development, HNC Interactive Media or equivalent.

Year 1 - HNC

Core units include:

  • Developing software: introduction
  • System development: user-centred design
  • Team working in computing
  • Digital design and web development: graded unit 1
  • Digital graphics fundamentals
  • User interface design
  • Web technologies 1: HTML and CSS

Optional units may include: 

  • Graphic design
  • Manage database systems using SQL
  • Digital media: video
  • Web development: content management systems (CMS)
  • Developing mobile web based applications: an introduction

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

Year 2 - HND

Core units include:

  • Designing and developing an interactive product
  • Developing digital media for an interactive media product
  • Digital design and development: graded unit 2 (Project)
  • Interactive media composition
  • Human computer interface  

Optional units may include:

  • Digital media: audio
  • Web development: producing a data driven website
  • Web technologies 2: HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Building an e-business
  • Emerging technologies and experiences
  • Digital imaging: advanced bitmap techniques

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical projects and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 year (HNC+HND)
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years (HNC+HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - September start only
  • Moray College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HND Digital Design and Development has been designed to keep pace with the latest developments in industry, enabling students to learn the latest techniques using software from companies such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft. 

On successful completion, you may wish to seek employment in the interactive media industry, for example as a digital designer or content developer; alternatively, you could progress to degree-level study.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HND, you may be able to progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Interactive Media.

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Apply for Digital Design and Development HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.