Channel your passion into a rewarding year of personal and creative development.
This course is ideal for students who want to further their experience of art, design and media, and develop their ability and confidence.
The majority of students use this course as a stepping-stone to a level three Diploma in Art and Design, though others may choose alternative further study pathways or full-time employment.
You will create your own work and explore a range of new processes, such as working with surface pattern, wood, ceramics, metals, print, photography and digital media. There will be opportunities to throw yourself into drawing, mark making and finding ways to record, understand and communicate the world around you.
A central element of the course is problem solving by working through fun tasks, taking risks and developing new ideas. Stimulating and demanding projects will challenge you to think about how and why you make art work.
Studio and library discussions with your tutors and peers will give you a chance to look at the work of other artists and designers, which in turn will give you the confidence to talk about your own work.
You will have plenty of support in finding new ways to research and investigate and all your experiences on the course will help you discover your creative strengths.
Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress to higher-level courses such as the level three Art & Design programme and the course will provide you with the skills which can lead to training in a wide variety of occupations.
The level two Diploma Art and Design course consists of eight units which cover a variety of art, design and craft subjects, including 2D, 3D and time-based work, research, contextual awareness, creative development skills and progression skills.
This course also includes Essential Skills plus a Welsh language unit and employability Skills.
All units are internally assessed and internally verified with the exception of the final major project, which is externally moderated by UAL.
All unit assessment is of the student’s portfolio work, in addition to this the final major project unit also culminates in an assessed exhibition.
All applicants will need to bring a portfolio of art, craft, and design work to their interview. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.
An applicant for the Level 2 will need to have: 4 GCSEs grades A* - D with 2 Cs, one being either English/Welsh (1st language) or Maths. Or successful completion of L1 vocational qualification in relevant subject.
English and Maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills depending on prior GCSE grades.
There is a £75 studio fee for this course which will provide basic materials for you to develop practical work within our workshop and studio facilities.
All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.
You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.