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Art & Design: Level 2 UAL Diploma

OUR STUDENTS HAVE progressed to FE and HE courses including London College of Fashion, UCA, University of Hertfordshire, CSM, De Montfort University and many more.

Course information

Course Summary

Are you creative? Do you spend a lot of time drawing and painting or making things? If so, this practical course is a very good way to prepare yourself for future study in art & design. You will be able to develop your practical skills using a range of materials. You will learn about different artists, crafts people, and designers and develop your own ideas by working on challenging projects.

Course Code:N5582
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:UAL (University of the Arts London)  
Course Length

One year

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

This course is a very good way for you to develop your skills in art and design and will enable you to explore new techniques and specialist areas of art and design that you will not have studied at school. The course will appeal to you if you are keen to develop your own particular interests and ideas when you are creating work.

The course is delivered through workshops, 1-2-1 tutorials with lecturers and group work which enables students to develop their creative and practical skills as well as confidence in communication and applying problem solving skills. Each project explores a different aspect of art & design, with students compiling sketchbooks that evidence the development of their practical work and ideas along with supporting written work: You will undertake projects in drawing, sculpture and 3D design, textiles, ceramics, graphic design, illustration and games design.

Programme of Study:

Your main course forms part of your individually tailored study programme which will include tutorial sessions and dedicated sessions where you will take part in commissions, live briefs, competitions and work experience. It will also include English and Maths if you have not yet achieved a level 2. This programme of study will enable you to develop the skills and experience to gain the competitive edge in both job and further education applications.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,150

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

You will also incur the following costs, estimated below for 2022/23:

  • A sketchbook and materials - about £50
  • Project materials - about £30
  • Admission to two art galleries per term - about £60 for admission, plus travel

Entry Requirements

New Students

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above - it would be beneficial to have studied Art and Design / an Art and Design related subject before (Textiles / Graphics / Photography).

Progressing Students

Level 1 Diploma plus a satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Following your interview you will also be required to submit a Digital Portfolio:

  • 10-15 examples of work sent as a PowerPoint or PDF – examples of work should include photographs of sketchbook pages / finished pieces of work / artwork completed in own time.

Your Next Steps

Successful students from this course usually either progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma, or into careers in the arts, crafts and design-related sectors. This can include work in art shops and framing studios. There are also opportunities in community arts centres and arts projects, which may include a range of art and design skills.

Potential career routes in the Art and Design industry:

  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Art therapist
  • Fine artist
  • Designer
    • Ceramics
    • Costume
    • Fashion
    • Footwear
    • Graphics
    • Interior
    • Jewellery
    • Product
    • Textile
    • Web design
  • Illustrator
  • Model maker
  • Museum/gallery assistant or curator
  • Photographer
  • Picture framer
  • Visual merchandiser
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021