Level 2 UAL Diploma Art and Design


You will develop your skills in Drawing, Painting, 3D, and Graphics, gaining a contextual understanding of Art and Design styles and Art movements. You will have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and the annual fashion show.

Course type

Level 2 UAL Diploma

Course length

One year

Required qualifications

Successful completion of a broad GCSE or equivalent programme, including two A*-D grades in relevant subjects including either English Language or Mathematics, and a good school reference. You will be asked to present a portfolio of your Art or Design work at interview.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • 2D and 3D visual language materials, techniques and technology
  • Drawing and Design exploration
  • Graphics, Textiles and 3D design

On the course you will:

  • create your own Art portfolio and Design work
  • develop your research skills
  • visit galleries and exhibitions
  • develop your critical skills
  • meet with professional artists and designers

Method of assessment

The Level 2 UAL Diploma is made up of seven mandatory units and a choice of one of two optional units.

What will I be able to progress to?

This course will enable you to progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design or you may apply for jobs in Design-related areas, apprenticeships and work based-training.

Other information

You will need to buy a course Art pack at the start of the year. Single Art items, together with sketchbooks, are available to buy within the department’s Art shop. Research trips will require a small financial contribution.

Students on a Level 2 UAL Diploma will also be studying towards Maths and/or English Level 2 qualifications if they have a grade D or below at GCSE. Students with Grade C and above in both Maths and English will undertake the Higher Project Qualification alongside their vocational qualification.