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Art and Design UAL Level 2



This one-yearcourse provides an opportunity to develop your creativity and participate in practical workshops. In Art and Design, you explore how to successfully express your ideas visually and how to develop your practical skills in different media. Art and Design encourages you to be experimental, using lots of different forms of visual language to make exciting 2D and 3D work. You will also research the lives and work of other selected artists and designers

Exam Board: University of the Arts London (UAL)

Qualification title: UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design



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  • What will I study and learn?

    The course is taught through practical projects and assignments. You will produce individual outcomes through guided research, ideas development, different media experimentation and reflective evaluations. We also make several research visits to art galleries andexhibitions and undertake work experience opportunitiesThe courseexplores range of technical processes and materials which including the following:

    2D skills:tonal and perspective drawing techniques, painting, printmaking, collage, analogue and darkroom photography.

    3D skills:ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, sculpture, textiles

    4D skills:animation, digital photography

    You will have the opportunity to work within dedicated specialist workshop spaces, supported by techniciansMany of our projects are live briefs where students work with organisations internal and external to the college. Clients that students have worked with include Oxfam, Richmond Borough Council, SIMA Unionand Glastonbury Festival!

  • How is the course assessed?

    The qualification has no exams, it is a coursework-basedprogramme of study, made up of 8 units, each with its own identity and specialist focus. To pass you must complete all 8 unitsThe Final Major Projectis assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction, giving you an overall grade for the year.

    The full qualification, once completed, provides the learner with the equivalent of 3 GCSEs.If a student only completes the first two units of the course, they will receive the UAL Level 2 Award in Art & Design, which is the equivalent of 1 GCSE.

  • What courses combine well with this course?

    If you do not have a grade C/4 in your English and Maths GCSEs you will be continuing to study both Maths and English alongside your Level 2 Art and Design course.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should enjoy art and will probably be doing well in your GCSE in this subject. In your own time you will likely enjoy sketching, designing, painting, photographingor making things.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    A proven interest and enthusiasm in any area of art and design.

    Minimum requirements:4 GCSEs at gradesD/3, ideally including an Art, Design or Media subject at grade C/4, OR Level 1 Diploma at Pass with GCSE English at grade 3 AND a good portfolio of art and design work.

    Students who have not passed English and/or Maths at GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills will be required to retake the subject(s) as part of their full-time study program.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Successful students generally progress on to the Art and Design Level 3 qualification. When you complete the Level 2 and level 3 qualification many students progress onto one of our Foundation courses or university, to study on a higher education degree programme

  • Are there any costs involved?

    For Art and Design, it is expected that you will work with specialist media and materials for which a studio fee is charged at enrolment. Thestudio fee is a cover charge so that a variety of specialist materials can be purchased at an economical rate through educational suppliers and be available for use where appropriate in developing and presenting a personal portfolio.

    Studio fee - £50 - cover charge for:

    A portfolio, high quality cartridge paper, acrylic / oil / watercolour paints, oil pastels, conte chalks, graphite, inks, fabric transfer inks, batik dyes, batik wax, cotton and synthetic fabric, transfer mediums, wool for felting, screen printing, relief printing, a variety of clay, slip and glazes, glasswork, metal casting, balsa wood, plastic work including vacuum forming, photographic processing and printing, foam core board, grey card and mounting card.

    The studio fee will also cover entry costs for ticketed educational trips.


  • How do I apply for this course?

    To apply, please click on the Apply button at the top of the page.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 2. If you are aged 19-23 as of 31 August and this is your first full Level 2 you may not have to pay fees.
    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (i.e., tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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