Art, Design & Photography

Summary of course

The Level 2 in art and design photography course is a general art and design program aimed at young people who have a specific interest in developing photography skills. The core units in this course are general art and design focused, so all studetns will be expected to develop their drawing skills, research artists and designers work and develop a portfolio of work and sketchbooks. As the course developes studetns will then develop more specialist skills as an introduction to photography. This will include dark room skills, digital photography and photographic manipulation using a reange of creative techniques.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Observational drawing skills
  • General Art and Design skills using a wide range of different media and materials
  • Dark room techniques
  • Digital photography
  • Photographic techniques
  • The work of professional photographers
  • Careers in photography and employability skills
  • Portfolio building and sketchbook development

Specialist Units:

  • Visual art briefs
  • Creative projects in art and design

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

The BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Art and Design includes two externally assessed units. This will assist students as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, by providing independent assessment evidence of learning alongside the portfolio-based assessment. This approach will also assist students with developing a range of transferable skills, and in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts. The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment allows students to develop a wider range of skills and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for internal assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including practical art and design activities, workshops, generation of final art and design outcomes, and verbal presentations when reviewing or discussing outcomes.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in focussing your learning and career development in Photography and wish to gain a Level 1/2 qualification in Photography.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Students are able to progress onto level 3 Photography and then onto a degree in photography.

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 3

Students applying for art courses are required to bring with them to interview a portfolio of art work demonstrating their skills and particular interested in art. This can include GCSE art work and personal work produced at home.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

A portfolio review will be held as part of your interview. If you are coming for an interview for any of the courses in Art, Design, Photography and Fashion, you will need to bring with you a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity, enthusiasm and shows the skills you have already developed. Your portfolio could include GCSE coursework from art and design subjects and work you do in your own time.

General Info (materials required for the course)

At the start of the course students are charged for the materials they use during the course and for the visits we undertake during the course, details of these fees will be given to you at your interview. At Level 2 we do not expect students to provide their own cameras or buy their own kit, but going forward this investment is necessary for Level 3 students.

Course fee information


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