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Diploma in Art and Design L2

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This intermediate level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression onto one of our Level 3 pathways in either, art and design, fashion and clothing, graphic design or photography.

If your plan is to pursue a career in an art or craft-related specialism, then this is for you. 

This intermediate level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression onto one of our Level 3 pathways in either, art and design, fashion and clothing, graphic design or photography. 

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

Over the one year course you will learn by completing projects and assignments using a broad range of techniques, processes and materials. Areas covered include workshops in photography, fine art, textiles, graphic design, fashion, ceramics, sculpture and metalwork.

You will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art and design
  • Unit 3: Introduction to drawing skills
  • Unit 4: Introduction to communication skills in art and design
  • Unit 5: Solving 2D creative problems
  • Unit 6: Solving 3D creative problems
  • Unit 7: Solving time-based creative problems

And one of the following: 

  • Unit 8: Developing and producing a personal project in art and design at Level 2
  • Unit 9: Developing and producing a personal project in art and design at Level 3

 

How I'll learn

You will work on a variety of different projects, delivered through a combination of practical project work, specialist workshops and lectures. 

In addition, you will develop English and Maths and entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities. You will also develop professional skills in presentation techniques.

You should take responsibility for a significant amount of self-directed study. This will allow you to build a portfolio of work suitable for progression on to a Level 3 course or employment.

 

How I'll be assessed

You will be set practical assignments to complete that reflect professional practice. Emphasis is placed on working and learning with others. You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning. 

Throughout the course, you will be required to complete additional tasks, including research, on your home study days.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants for a Level 2 programme will normally have:

  • at least 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above and/ or a completed Diploma in Level 1 Art and Design, Merit profile
  • GCSEs to include English and Maths at Grade D or above or Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications
  • the willingness to study for an additional qualification in English and/ or maths

If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us to discuss your circumstances. 

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss:

  • Portfolio containing artwork from school (sketchbooks) 
  • Drawings and paintings from observation (including both black and white and colour)
  • 3D work (photos of these are acceptable)
  • Digital work (printed or saved on a memory stick) 
  • Work completed outside of school/ college e.g. photographs, drawings, paintings
  • Artwork fully analysed and/ or a written study of a piece of artwork. 

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.
You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.