Level 2 Diploma Art & Design

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This intermediate course will provide you with an introductory art and design experience to help you develop your technical knowledge and practical and research skills.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of art and design, and develop the essential skills required to progress onto a creative further education programme, or employment in the creative sector.

The course is unit-based and offers the ideal introduction into a range of two and three dimensional design processes. You will be encouraged to use experimental drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media processes in your work.
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The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career within the art and design industry. You will have the opportunity to explore creative techniques and processes, and will be introduced to a number of specialisms, including how to apply various popular techniques and processes to different materials.

This practical qualification will allow you to develop and test your creativity. You will develop an extensive range of skills that are required for progression into any creative discipline.


You will study the following core units and two specialist units:
  • Contextual References in Art and Design
  • 2D Visual Communication
  • 3D Visual Communication
  • Using ideas to Explore, Develop and Produce Art and Design
  • Building an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Working in the Art and Design Industry.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Alongside developing a good grounding of basic art and design skills, you will be encouraged to explore and develop experimental strategies to enhance your creativity in all assignments. You will take part in a number of innovative assignments that cover a total of eight units over the year.

The course operates on a continuous assessment basis involving several alternative methods of assessing work for grading. Your grades will be monitored continually during tutorials and individual action plans will be put in place to ensure you know how you can improve your performance.
You will have a supportive team of art and design staff to assist you throughout the programme. Our objective is to prepare you with a sound basis for your future career.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold. To enhance your experience, we work with a number of industry professionals. We have strong links with the following well-established organisations within the art and design industry:


You will undertake a structured work experience, to develop your skills and knowledge in a relevant area. You will be supported throughout the course and will attend sessions to prepare you with work-ready skills for employment within the industry.

You could progress to a Level 3 course in art and design, or specialise in an area such as graphic design, at New College Durham.

Careers in art and design that you could progress to include animator, fashion designer, illustrator, photographer, production designer, fine artist, architect or community arts worker.

What else?

You could visit the following local art galleries: The Biscuit Factory or The Baltic
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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will be expected to pay £20 each academic year to cover costs for trips and consumables. The College will provide specialist resources where possible.

You will be required to have access to your own materials and equipment. These can be purchased for approximately £30 (dependant on supplier).

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will be required to bring a portfolio of artwork.

You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. We will happily answer any questions you may have.
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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades D or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English, or a relevant Level 1 qualification.