HNC Digital Media for Design and Print candidate information

HNC Digital Media for Design and Print.The HNC Digital Media for Design and Print will equip you with the broad-based and specialist technical skills you will need to work in the pre-press production area. It covers: Typography and Desktop Publishing; Image Editing; Print Production; Computer Aided Design; Graphic Design; Pre-Press Technologies; Multimedia; and Communication Industry Management.

During the learning process you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in: organising, communicating, information collection and research, logical and analytical thinking, decision making, problem solving, and co-operating with others (and team working); you will also enhance your vocational adaptability.

Employment and progression opportunities

Having completed your HNC in Digital Media for Design and Print, you could expect to gain employment at technician level in a variety of fields including: publishing and media departments; commercial printers; publishers of newspapers, magazines and books; design studios; advertising agencies; local government; and commercial and educational organisations.

When you have completed the HNC Digital Media for Design and Print, you could progress to the HND Digital Media for Design and Print.


While access to these Group Awards will be at the discretion of the centre it would be beneficial if you had some previous experience of printing, graphic design, multimedia or a related area. Evidence of this might be:

  • a locally-devised National Certificate in printing, screen printing, graphics, ICT or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • work experience in the printing industry or a related industry
  • NVQ/SVQ in Printing or a related area at level 3
  • one Higher at level C or above
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages at an appropriate level (if English is not your first language)

Direct entry to the programme can be offered if you have equivalent qualifications from another country, provided the competences can be identified and are appropriate.