HNC 3D Design candidate information

HNC 3D Design.The HNC 3D Design encompasses a range of generic Art and Design units and specialist design disciplines. Normally your course will focus on one of these disciplines to enable you to develop specialist skills and knowledge. The specialist design areas covered in the HNC are: Exhibition Design; Furniture Design; Interior Design; Model Making; and Product Design.

The HNC also allows you to develop these generic skills: fluency in drawing the language of the designer; understanding of design as a problem solving activity; ability to arrive at and evaluate design proposals; knowledge of the stages of developing design solutions from conception to final production drawings/3D work; proficiency in the production of design drawings/3D work; proficiency in IT skills in specialist software; professional presentation of design work, including visual, oral and written material; understanding of the links between creativity and drawing; understanding of the significance of health and safety; the ability to research and synthesise information relevant to the design activity; the ability to make well reasoned evaluation of design work; time management.

Employment and progression opportunities

Completing the HNC would allow you to progress to the HND 3D Design.

On completion of this award you would have employment opportunities in: Interior Design practices; Architectural practices; Product Design practices; Product Development companies; Exhibition Design companies; Model Making companies; Theatre or film production; Design consultancies.


Access to this group award will be at the discretion of the centre, depending on your qualifications. Normally, one or more of the following would be desirable:

  • SQA National Units and courses in relevant areas at Higher level (SCQF level 6), eg Art and Design
  • SQA National Certificates in Art and Design at SCQF levels 5 or 6
  • An appropriate grouping of GCSEs
  • GCE A level in Art and Design related subjects or other relevant GCE awards.