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This fast-paced course will help you develop your confidence and skills in Art and Design, and prepare you for entry on to Level 3 Extended Diplomas, specialist apprenticeships or employment.

You will explore a diverse range of specialisms within Art and Design, including drawing, fine art, textiles, photography and graphic design and work in a range of media and materials from charcoal to electronic media. The main aim of this course is to develop skills in drawing and painting to prepare for a portfolio in art and design which has an illustrative emphasis. This is also a useful course for those students who are intending to pursue a career in tattoo design.

You will be guided and supported throughout the course which is based on internally set and assessed projects. All project work includes opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills and students who have not gained GCSE 4 (C) Grade for Mathematics and/or English will resit these qualifications alongside their UAL Diploma.

A UAL Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs Grades 9-4 (A*-C).

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    1. Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
    2. Introduction to contextual research in art and design
    3. Introduction to drawing skills
    4. Introduction to communication skills in art and design
    5. Solving 2D creative problems
    6. Solving 3D creative problems
    7. Solving time-based creative problems
    8. Developing and producing a personal project in art and design
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in pursuing a career in Art and Design and can demonstrate an enthusiasm particularly for illustration techniques.

  • How is the course assessed?

    On the UAL Diploma in Art and Design students will take a total of eight units to complete the qualification. All work is internally set and assessed and unit 8 is externally moderated by the exam board.

    All units are graded and students are required to achieve a minimum of a pass in each unit to achieve the full qualification grade. Units 1 - 7 are awarded at a pass grade only. Unit 8 provides the overall qualification grade either P (Pass), M (Merit), D (Distinction).

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • A range of different artists, crafts and designers both from current art practise and in art history and other cultures
    • The creative industries relevant to a specific chosen area of focused interest

    • Sustainable practise in the creative industries and how this can be applied to student's own studio practise.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Develop specialist skills in a range of art and design materials, techniques and processes relevant to the chosen course of study

    • Develop skills in applying design ideas, problem solving and to be able to apply them to specific design project briefs

    • Develop skills in presenting art work in a portfolio of work, both digital and practical to prepare for progression to employment or university.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • To be able to plan and organise your own work to meet industry standards and expectations in the creative industries and to meet specific timescales

    • To be able to work as a reflective practitioner, evaluating and analysing work practise and action plan to make changes and improvements to own work practise

    • To be able to take responsibility for your own work through project management and development, responding to feedback from potential clients or stakeholders.
  • General info

    Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. This will be conveyed to them in the form of a kit list, sent via email during the summer before they enrol.

    There may be opportunities to go on trips throughout the year, the cost of these will be discussed with students ahead of time.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    A UAL Level 2 Diploma provides a good grounding to go on to more advanced courses such as Level 3 Diplomas in:

    • Art and Design
    • Fashion and Clothing
    • Photography
    • Media
    • Illustration
    • Graphic and Digital Design

    You could also consider apprenticeships, other training schemes or employment.

    To progress to any Level 3 course you will need to achieve UAL Level 2 Diploma with a Pass Grade or above and GCSE English (or equivalent) at Grade 3 or above.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    4 GCSEs Grade 3 incl. Art & portfolio showing ability to draw/develop ideas. This can include GCSE Art & work from home (if not taking GCSE Art - 4 GCSEs at 3 plus a portfolio as above). The level of course will be based on the quality of artwork.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.