Graphics and Digital Design Level 2 Diploma

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This is a one year course which will encourage and challenge your creative talents and teach you new skills and knowledge.

The course will cover drawing and colour theory, but will also introduce you to the design process, typography, photography and computer applications such as Photoshop. It will cover a broad range of skills so that you have a chance to discover where your creative strengths lie.

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

Students on this exciting programme will gain access to specialist facilities such as the Digital Zone, photography equipment and some of the specialist workshops, highly skilled and industry experienced teaching staff, excellent routes of progression within college for further Visual Arts courses, a full Graphic and Digital Design UAL Level 2 Diploma plus Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths, and it will help you to become more independent.

Throughout the duration of the programme, students will develop a portfolio of work, industry knowledge and skills to help them find employment or support an application for further study. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through tutorial support.

Students who successfully complete the one-year programme will be able to progress to a Level 3 course, such as Graphics and Digital Arts, Photography and Digital Imaging or Art and Design.


How I'll learn

The diploma aims to provide education and training in art and design for those learners in full-time education who either want to go into employment or onto further study. It will help you to develop skills, knowledge and a better understanding of the world of graphics and digital arts.  

The Level 2 Diploma gives opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of practice and theory, knowledge of the sector in terms of careers paths, work on a major project, and gives opportunities for you to build a portfolio for progression. In addition to your functional skills sessions and personal tutorial sessions, you will have approximately four art sessions per week of 2.5 hours each. They will be varied and include group critiques, lectures and sessions in the Digital Zone and specialist workshops.

You will produce a variety of practical work including production plans, annotation and final evaluations. You will also learn to develop your critical skills and ability to contextualise your work in relation to historical and contemporary artists. There are several skills and attributes that will be expected of you. You will need to be continually focused on generating and developing ideas as this is the essence of all creativity. In addition to this you must demonstrate a willingness to be experimental and self-motivated.  Many of your tutors are practicing artists and designers bringing current industry practice to the classroom.

From our teaching team you can expect an enthusiastic and committed team, individual guidance to help you progress and achieve, help with working on your individual strengths, extensive guidance for application to further education, help to build a varied portfolio of work and help with exploring careers within the creative industries.

The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your technical and conceptual skills. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in specialist rooms, classroom-based theory sessions supported by IT, computer-based research, real-world industry situations (group projects, collaborative assignments) and educational visits to venues within the UK.


How I'll be assessed

You will be given assignments to work on at regular intervals throughout the year. The teaching team will help guide you through all of the assignment requirements. All of your work will be assessed and as you complete the assignments, staff will provide you with feedback to help you better understand the processes behind the subject matter.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSE grades D/3 or above, including an Art-related subject, English Language and maths or an equivalent Level 1 qualification with English and maths. A satisfactory reference is required.


How to Apply

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You can apply for a vocational 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.