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This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

Art and Design (UAL) Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD024
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Approved by: University of the Arts London
  • Study mode: Full Time

This Level 2 Art & Design course is a work related qualification ideally suited to learners who wish to develop their general Art and Design skills, with a view to moving on to a higher level specialist course, in a range of subjects including Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Textiles and Fashion Design or Media.

What will I study?

The course consists of 8 units in total that initially introduce learners to a range of materials, processes and technical skills used in a range of art and design projects and also to research for art and design ideas development. In the middle section of the course, learners are challenged to develop ideas and create finished work in 2 dimensions (eg drawing, textiles, graphics, and photography), 3 dimensions (eg ceramics, sculpture or ideas for the design of 3d products) and time based problems (eg animation, video or time lapse photography). This stage encourages learners to think about what they are good at before producing a specialist option final project response to a tutor set assignment. Learners can specialise in graphics, textiles, fashion, 3D, interiors or time base media. This is in preparation to more in depth study at level 3.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs with at least 2 at Grade D/3 or completion of a Level 1 course.

What can I do next?

After completing the Level 2 Course, you may wish to move onto full time employment or apprenticeship.

You could also choose one of the following Level 3 courses:

  • Art and Design (UAL)
  • Game Art and Concepts (UAL)
  • Graphic Design (UAL)
  • Photography (UAL)
  • Textiles, Fashion and Design (UAL)
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma (UAL)
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Career Options

Advertising Art Director

Art directors or 'creatives' design the visuals for eye-catching advertising campaigns. If you have imagination and a flair for art and design there could be opportunities for you in this career.

You’ll need to be a good communicator and work well in a team. Resilience will help you deal with the feedback you get on your work and give you the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Your creativity and ability in art and design are the most important things to many employers. However, most new art directors have studied design and have an HND or degree in graphic design, advertising design, illustration or fine art.?

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Art Editor

Art editors make sure that magazines look good and are easy to read. They present words and images in a way that appeals to readers and has visual impact.

You’ll need to be creative and have a good understanding of your customers and readers. Great IT skills will help you to complete your work to high standards and in good time for tight deadlines.

There are no set entry requirements to become and art editor. New entrants often have a degree in an art subject. If you have artistic talent and can show employers that you have experience, through a broad portfolio of work, then you could get into this job without a degree. ?

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Art Gallery Curator

Art gallery curators manage collections of paintings and objects. These are usually of artistic and historical interest.

To work in an art gallery you should have a keen interest in art. You should have good organisational skills. You’ll also need strong communication and people skills.

To do this job you would usually need a degree in a relevant subject such as art or art history.?

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Art Therapist

Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities. If you enjoy helping people and you like using your art skills, this job could be ideal for you.

To become an art therapist, you will need to have a non-judgemental attitude. You’ll need to be able to relate to people from all backgrounds. And you’ll need creativity and imagination.

To work as an art therapist you will need to complete a postgraduate course approved by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). You will also need paid or voluntary experience gained from working in areas such as mental health, education, special needs, or social services.

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Art Valuer

Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art or a collection of art is worth. This might be for people who want to sell, buy or insure artworks. As a valuer, you might value paintings, sculptures, jewellery, china, books and furniture.

To be an art valuer, you'll need excellent communication skills. You'll need to have an eye for detail and good research skills. If you have a passion for history and enjoy working with people, this role could be for you.

You can become an art valuer by starting as an assistant and learning through experience and part-time study. You can also complete a degree in a related subject or join a graduate training scheme with a large auction house.?

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Costume Designer

As a costume designer, you would be responsible for the overall look of the clothes and costumes in theatre, film or television productions. As well as researching and designing costumes, you would often lead a team of people in the costume department. If you have knowledge of fashion and costume history, and want a creative job in film, TV or theatre, this could be ideal for you.

You will need to have excellent design skills, be organised and work to a budget. You’ll also need the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Many costume designers have a university qualification in costume design or fashion and start as a wardrobe assistant or costume maker. You could also get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship.

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Fashion Design Assistant

If you've got creative flair and would like to work in fashion, this job could be ideal for you.

Fashion design assistants support designers by helping them create new materials, styles, colours and patterns for fashion brands and labels.

In this job you would need to have an eye for pattern and colour. You would need to manage your time well and prioritise your work. You should also know what's coming in and going out of fashion.

To get into this job you can work your way up through a company or take a higher education course before joining a fashion business. Getting work experience, paid or unpaid, is especially important for this job.

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Fashion Designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. As a fashion designer, you could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. You could also work in high street fashion. You would often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear. If you love being creative and you are passionate about fashion, this job could be perfect for you.

To be a fashion designer, you will need to have a good eye for colour and shape. You’ll need skills like pattern cutting and sewing. You’ll also need to able to spot trends.

You will usually need a relevant degree to do this job. A course that teaches both design and technical skills will give you the knowledge you need to work in the industry.

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Textiles Production Manager

Textiles production managers are in charge of all stages of the textiles manufacturing process. They make sure that the process runs smoothly, is profitable, and delivers products to the right standard and on time.

If you’re interested in fabrics, and improving quality while reducing waste, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need to be a strong leader with a good understanding of modern manufacturing methods.

To get into this job you’ll usually need to have a foundation degree or degree, although you may be able to work your way up while taking further qualifications or an Apprenticeship.

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Ceramics Designer-maker

As a ceramics designer-maker you will design and create a range of products made from clay. These can include tableware, kitchenware, gifts and decorative items. If you have a creative side and enjoy working with clay in a practical way then this could be a job you would enjoy.

You will need to be able to explain ideas through sketches or computer images and turn these into items. Good communication skills will help you explain your ideas to customers and clients.

Many new ceramics designer-makers have a diploma or a degree in a relevant subject such as 3D design, ceramics or ceramic design.

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You will be based in the new £18.3 million Beacon Centre. In order for you to flourish in the creative field we have invested in brand new facilities such as Apple Mac design suites, spacious studios, industrial sewing machines, screen printing and weaving equipment and our very own in house photography studio and infinity curve.

Enrichment & Employability

We are proud to be one of only 10 colleges in the country to have UAL accredited courses and a progression agreement in place.

We offer students the opportunity to experience a diverse and exciting visiting lecturer programme that includes Lecturers from Chelsea School of Art and the Saatchi Gallery.

We also help many students find relevant part time work to enhance your chance of employment and give you a taste of working in a creative career. 

Our students continually engage with real live projects from local initiatives for Child Action Northwest through to working with national bodies such as The Tate, The Saatchi Gallery and having work published in magazines or shown on TV and at Film Festivals.

You will also have the opportunity to go on residentials to gain inspiration, visit universities and take part in critical artist’s discussions.