Award & Diploma in Art & Design (UAL Level 2)

What is the Course About?

This course will provide you with an introduction to art and design, enabling you to re-engage with education and acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to further education or employment in the creative industries.

The course has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities, and to develop related technical skills.

The course is practical which means you will learn how to produce a range of art, design and media work through a variety of assignments. In addition, it also provides opportunities to explore and develop creativity as well as develop a sound base of skills and knowledge which will enhance self-confidence and provide an understanding of the career demands within art and design.

It will provide you with opportunities to develop and utilise broad, transferable skills by encouraging an ethos of personal and professional development. Specifically, the programme will allow you to demonstrate initiative, independence, enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team-working, self-management, effective participation, problem solving, and communication.

This course is broadly equivalent to four GCSE grades A* - C and by resitting English and Maths it could give you six GCSEs.

What subjects will I study?

The course will cover drawing skills, communication skills, 2D (painting, printmaking, photography and graphics), 3D (ceramics, 3D design, textiles), time-based media (animation, video, and sound) problem-solving. The year will culminate in an independent personal creative project in Art, Design and Media.

The qualification is delivered in two parts.

1. The Award: delivered through the first two units:

  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in Art & Design.

  • Introduction to contextual research in Art & Design.

2. The Diploma: delivered through a further six units:

  • Introduction to drawing skills.

  • Introduction to communication skills in art and design.

  • Solving 2D creative problems.

  • Solving 3D creative problems.

  • Solving time-based problems.

  • Developing and producing a personal project in Art & Design.

What are my progression and career options?

This course has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further studies and training in a range of Art & Design subjects at Level 3, including fine art, photography, graphic design, fashion, textiles, product design, animation and media.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments take place throughout the course at approximately six-week intervals. You are expected to present work in a variety of forms for presentation and/or exhibition for assessments.

All units are internally assessed and verified through your portfolio of evidence, subject to UAL’s external quality assurance, and are moderated against the assessment criteria for those units.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of three GCSEs, grade D or above. You can re-sit English and/or Maths alongside this course if you have a D.

  • A portfolio of Art & Design or Design Technology work should be presented during your personal interview, along with either a reference or school report/Record of Achievement.

  • Students will be required to present a portfolio of their drawing and design work during their interview, to confirm their interest in the subject.

There are no age restrictions for this qualification. The majority of students are 16 -18-year-olds, some are 19 and over.