Programme Brief

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.

  • 2 years and 8 months
  • Trincity

Applicants must satisfy any one of the following:

  • 18 years and over with 2 A’ Levels;
  • 18 years and over with Level 4 certification  or other equivalent;
  • 21 years and over with 2 years’ work experience and 4 O’ Levels inclusive of English;
  • Successful completion of the Matriculation to HND (Media and Graphic Design) programme.

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work to assess their proficiency during the delivery of the Introduction to BTEC in the opening semester. Applicants without a portfolio will receive special advisement to provide further guidance regarding the requirements of the programme.

Suitable items for submission will include a wide range of items of traditional, digital or experimental media including, drawing, painting, developmental and conceptual sketches, photography, sculpture, jewellery, film, websites, publications, and other relevant media or artwork. Portfolio reviews will assess originality, use of materials and media, and visual literacy. A new intake for the programme starts in October of each year.

The following are required for programme registration:

  • Originals as well as three (3) copies of relevant entry qualifications;
  • National I.D/Passport or Birth Certificate;
  • An original job letter or CV detailing tenure of employment (where applicable);
  • Proof of completion of any previously funded GATE programme(s) (where applicable);
  • An SBCS Registration Form.


Payment Information

The following are required for programme registration:

  • SBCS Application Fee: TT$1500.00 (per semester) Application Fee payable upon registration;
  • Pearson Registration Fee: £430 (one- time payment; this fee is valid for 5-years);
  • Pearson Annual Fee: £20 (due after first year);
  • Tuition Fee: $2,200.00TT (per unit);
  • Total Fees:  $35,200.00TT;
  • Books: (approx.) $1,000.00TT (per semester).

Compulsory pre-requisite courses are offered to students free it charge.

All SBCS Fees in Sterling Pounds must be paid via bank draft payable to “School of Business and Computer Science Ltd.”. Please include your name on the bank draft in the B/O (by order of) section.

868 640 7090 ext. 1512 – 1516

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This programme will be assessed by a series of theoretical and practical assignments.

Aims and Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of Graphic Design through the interrelation of theory and practice;
  • Encourage the integration of creative technical and professional problem solving skills;
  • Select, educate and develop well-rounded, self-motivated individuals with specific professional design skills;
  • Enable students to study and develop an individual vision and design philosophy;
  • Provide the necessary personal/interpersonal skills to enable graduates to operate efficiently within professional and social environments;
  • Reflect the ethical, environmental and social consequences of design in professional work.


Programme Content

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design can be earned in 2 years and 8 months on a part-time basis. The programme is divided into seven (7) semesters, with classes held on Saturdays and select weekdays.

Students are required to complete a total of sixteen (16) units to be awarded certification. Assessments within the programme are done through a series of theoretical and practical assignments.  


Semester 1.0 (Compulsory Pre-requisite Unit):

  • Introduction to BTEC

Semester 1:

  • Visual Communication in Art & Design
  • Drawing Techniques & Processes in Art & Design

Semester 2:

  •   Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art & Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design

Semester 3:

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Editorial Design

Semester 4:

  • Communication with Images in Art & Design
  • Professional Practice in Art & Design

Semester 5:

  • Design Method
  • Design Principles

Semester 6:

  • Website Creation and Management
  • 2D, 3D and Time-based Applications
  • Critical Study in Art and Design

Semester 7:

  • Copywriting for Advertising
  • Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
  • Personal Style in Graphic Design