Digital Design and Development HND

UCAS code 007I

What is special about this course?

The HND Digital Design and Development will give you professional knowledge in the development of interactive and digital media products. It will provide you with an up-to-date qualification within an ever-changing industry.

With digital media becoming an essential aspect of marketing and communications, having the skills in a wide area of disciplines will help you build your career.

Develop a wide range of transferable skills in a number of key disciplines including, graphic design, 2D animation, web design, application and games development, audio/video production, and programming.

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

Accommodation

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 OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • 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

Year 1 is the HNC Digital Design and Development.

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)
  • Human computer interface
  • Interactive media composition

Optional units may include:

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

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

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. Where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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 UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

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 such a Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, App Inventor, 3DS Max, and Unity.

On successful completion, you may wish to seek immediate employment in the digital media industry or progress to further 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.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Digital Design and Development HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.