Course Brief

The aim of this unit is to extend learners' knowledge of professional practices within their specialist area and to relate these to personal goals and career opportunities. This unit serves to evaluate and assimilate learners' skills to provide a coherent, creative and professional portfolio of work which can be used for subsequent interviews and presentations. Portfolios will be focused on individual career paths and should be in the most appropriate format, eg paper based, CD, website, blog, vlog, integrated media. Learners will also prepare for their future, through participation in self-analysis and reflection, recognition of strengths and weaknesses, goal setting, practising interview techniques and making applications for jobs. Learners will be expected to research their intended career path and specific job role in order to be well informed of the strategies and knowledge needed to conduct successful interviews. Opportunities will be given to the development of a business database and the opportunity to formulate a long-term career plan or further study proposal. This will be supported by the creation and production of a self-promotional package, including an updated CV, business cards, web page and other appropriate promotional tools.  This unit will allow learners the time to reflect on the previous years of study and to assess their strengths and weaknesses. It will allow evaluation of their own progression, the contribution they have made to their subject and the broader critical debate surrounding their subject.

  • This course is offered in 51 hours

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Be able to place themselves and their work in the context of their selected discipline
  2. Understand their specialist area and the career opportunities available
  3. Be able to develop and present a professional portfolio in an appropriate format
  4. Understand how to promote themselves and their work professionally.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.