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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 2 Diploma
Code: 117813
Cost: N/A


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Level 2 Art & Design

Full time course


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If you want to learn how to produce exciting art work with 2D and 3D materials taught by practising professional artists, then this is the course to join. This 1 year project-based course encourages independence and builds confidence in those who prefer a practical approach to study. This course culminates with a Final Major Project during the summer term, where you will have a greater degree of autonomy.

What will I study?

The course comprises eight units covering drawing, painting and experimentation with a variety of 3D materials, including clay. You will also experiment with animation and photograms for time-based projects, use Photoshop, and learn a variety of print-making techniques.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or a Functional Skills programme alongside their main course.


The qualification gained from this course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs. It is recommended that students' progress onto level 3 courses to improve their employability.

Work experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.

Additional qualifications

Employability qualifications might be offered if applicable.

What do I need to join?

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, English and maths are desirable, or a relevant Level 1 qualification. As this is a creative course, we would also like to see a portfolio of creative work at your interview.

How long is the course?

The course will last 1 year, involving up to 4 days a week at college. You also need to be prepared to undertake independent study.

How will I learn?

You will be shown how to research and develop your ideas creatively, watch demonstrations and discuss topics with your tutors at all times. You will be guided to research and plan a projet and will have access to specialist art books and specialist Art and Design facilities. You will develop ideas in sketchbooks and learn how to critically assess your own work. Educational trips will be set up to provide enriching experiences and to enhance the learning process.

How will I know how I am doing?

Project work is set with structured achievable targets organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for material fees, educational visits and trips. Financial support may be available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

You can progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma courses we offer. We offer Graphics and Illustration, Fashion and Textiles, Product Design, Photography, Moving Image and Art and Design. These two-year courses provide students with an excellent foundation for achieving placements at the best universities and colleges in the country.

What are my career options?

A career in art is diverse and can include further study in art therapy, teacher training or other academic study at BA Level or opportunities to work in industry as an illustrator, graphics or theatre designer, specialist art teacher in Secondary or Further Education, work in the ceramics, textiles/fashion industries. Many artists become self-employed.


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Dates & Costs

Level 2 Art & Design

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 2 Diploma
Code: 117813
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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