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Art & Design

UAL Level 2 Diploma


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Art and Design - UAL Level 2 Diploma SF-ARDE2D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

Examination board
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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This course is designed to give you new insights into many different aspects of art & design. Through a series of workshops and projects you’ll learn and build upon new and existing skills in a variety of areas while building a creative portfolio.

As a student, you’ll work in well-equipped studios and have access to a broad range of media and materials such as glass, clay, paint and photography. You’ll also acquire a greater insight into industry practices through visits to galleries and exhibitions.

Importantly, you’ll produce artwork based on specific briefs that will allow you to explore historical and contemporary art practices while analysing the work of others as well. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to improve your day-to-day skills in areas such as IT, helping you prepare for work or Higher Education study.


Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language or Mathematics and an art subject. Applicants should also bring examples of their recent work, including drawings made from observation and some research and/or written notes about your work to discuss at the interview.

You will produce artwork based on a given brief. Each brief will allow you to explore historical and contemporary art practices, which is lecturer-led, while looking at others’ work. This theory will then be applied to practice, with the creation of your own 2D/3D outcomes.

On this course, you will study:

  • Introduction to specialist pathways in art & design
  • Creative project in art & design
  • Developing an art & design portfolio
  • Investigating contextual references in art & design
  • Recording for creative intentions in art & design
  • Textiles
  • Visual art
  • Photography
  • Applying contextual references in art & design
  • Practical research project in art & design
  • Surface design

This course provides an exciting introduction to many aspects of art and design, delivered through a series of workshops and projects. Our Art and Design facilities have been designed to provide specialist creative areas of provision for both Vocational and A Level students.

Graphics suites have been designed each with individual screens and the latest Apple Mac Computers with Adobe Design suite and A3 laser printers allow for high definition printing.

The specialist printing studio has a range of printing presses including a 160 year old Albion flatbed press, silk screen developing unit and ample storage racks for student work. Students have secure portfolio storage within the building along with dedicated technician support.

Textile design students have two specialist studios fitted with sewing machines, dyeing facilities, knitting machines and a heat press. Individual work stations allow students to work on projects plus ample storage units give flexibility to teaching and learning activities. Three dimensional design studios give students the opportunity to work in plaster, clay, fused glass, wood, metal, light craftwork and jewellery.

Purpose built kiln firing facilities offer a wide range of pottery and glass firing techniques including earthenware and stoneware, glass fusing and an outdoor Raku and sawdust firing facility.

A dedicated team of technicians support the demands of this very popular area of specialist provision, storage of portfolios and 3D work is available to all students using the 3D studios.

All units are assessed individually, following set deadlines. On completion of this one-year course, you will be awarded an overall grade for the qualification.

During each assignment, there is a period of practical workshops that introduce you to a wide range of art techniques and processes, followed by one-to-one help while producing your own work.

Students who achieve a Merit grade or above can progress to a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Fashion & Clothing or Photography & Graphic Communication, or any other relevant Level 3 qualification.

Members of the course team have experience in creative industries, with individuals specialising in Visual Arts, Photography, Visual Communication, Textiles, Fashion, and Surface Design, in 2 or 3 Dimensions.

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student