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UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

As a student on this course, you will be challenged to investigate a diverse range of art and design media, you will also develop your practical skills and enhance your presentation abilities with a view to progressing on to a higher-level course of study.


This course is a fast-paced, creatively rewarding, hands-on subject. You will explore how to successfully express your ideas visually and how to develop your practical skills in different artistic techniques and processes. The Level 2 Art and Design Diploma encourages you to be experimental with your approach and to explore lots of visual ideas, which will lead to you making exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional finished work.

You will have the opportunity to explore and discover new ways of working with methods of production and specialist techniques in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, textiles and sculpture. You will also research the lives and work of other selected artists and designers related to each project. This research will inspire and inform your own creative outcomes alongside developing your verbal and written analytical skills and use of formal art and design language. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at different points throughout the year, which then culminates in a large external exhibition of the whole art department in June.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
1 year


Small classes

Excellent tutor support

Outstanding facilities

Live projects

Exhibition opportunities

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Specialist studios and equipment

This includes a 3D workshop, Ceramics studio, Ceramic and Glass kilns, printing presses and screen-printing facilities.


Friendly and creative staff

The Art department is friendly, supportive, ambitious and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.


Series of Workshops

The workshops are designed to give you an understanding of a wide range of practical and theoretical techniques and processes.

What Will I Learn?

The Level 2 Art and Design Diploma provides the perfect stepping stone to further study by engaging students with a wide range of media. It enables you to build your skills, knowledge and portfolio in preparation for progression to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or alternatively a range of other qualifications offered at the College. The course is taught through practical projects and assignments, the projects cover a range of art skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking and crafts such as textiles. You will produce individual outcomes through guided research, ideas, development, media experimentation and evaluation. During the course, we also make research visits to art galleries and exhibitions.

Where Will It Take Me?

Employment within the creative industries is as varied as it is challenging. Students from this course usually undertake the Level 3 Extended Diploma and then specialist degree level education before entering employment. Many of our alumni have progressed into careers such as print and textile design, animation, designer-makers, graphic design, fashion design, illustration and design crafts such as ceramics or jewellry and silversmithing.

The Level 2 Diploma gives you the ideal foundation of skills to then progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or a range of other programmes within the College.

Assessment Arrangements

Each unit has interim assessment points and a final assessment, which is pass or fail. Your final unit in each year is graded pass, merit or distinction and this will be your yearly grade if all units are successfully completed. There are no exams on the main award, it is all assessed on practical work.

Entry Requirements

In addition to Level 1 and 2 entry requirements, an interest in drawing and making would be advantageous.

Information & Support

Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets and other guides available through our Moodle course. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work.

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at different points throughout the year, which then culminates in a large external exhibition of the whole art department in June.

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