Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Art and Design - Level 2 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0289-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 2 Awarding Body: UAL

Course aims

Level 2 Art & Design allows you to experience a broad range of disciplines, including, drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D work, textiles and fashion. This course will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

You will express yourself through the use of different materials, develop the discipline of location drawing in museums and galleries, and learn practical skills such as working in sketchbooks, presenting work and building a portfolio.

As well as developing the skills to research different artists and designers, the course has core elements of academic study skills such as meeting deadlines, working in a team, writing about your work, researching, analysing, presentation and discussion.

The course delivery team will support you with guidance, helping you to identify your strengths, interests and action areas.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs grade 3 or above, preferably including English and Maths. Portfolio review with the Course Leader. Your portfolio of work must demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You are required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time.

There are a number of parental consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide parents with the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress made at college.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Drawing skills
  • Cultural and historical studies
  • Painting
  • Sculpture/3D design
  • Graphics and illustration
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Computer-based design
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

Why the MET?

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.   

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.  

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Facilities

Northbrook MET is renowned for its Creative Industries courses, which take place within the fantastic facilities at our West Durrington Campus. Our state-of-the-art studios and workshops are equipped for a wide range of art and design disciplines including painting and drawing, 3D design, textiles and fashion, graphics, printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and photography. Our IT suites have Macs and PCs and our extensive learning resources facilitate the research that will accompany your practical work.

Facilities

Work experience

The completion of a work placement or work based experience can take a variety of forms: work experience with an external company; work related experience working on live projects such as commissioned work from an internal or external client e.g. the level 2 students working with Brighton Fringe on their children’s art competition where our students curated a show of primary school children’s work and then ran a drawing workshop with them and their parents. 

Work experience will be planned in blocks or as days during the year. You will know when your block is during the Welcome days and another reminder will be given at Induction. During these work experience blocks you will be required to attend English and/or Maths slots for Functional skills or GCSE. Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement. NB: This will need to be approved by the College in advance of the placement.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting with real work for real clients – this will ensure you have a professional portfolio for application to jobs or further learning – this is most definitely the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

Alongside contextualising skills and techniques and the language individual to the industry through the work experience or work based experience activities you will hone your employability skills in e.g. meeting and greeting clients, understanding what the client is after in terms of the commissioned work outcomes, suggesting ideas, taking feedback, delivering presentations, turning up on time, wearing the right clothing, delivering to deadlines, going on site, understanding health and safety and possibly producing risk assessments.

Other ways we connect you with the sector thinking is through entry to external and internal competitions to sharpen your understanding of how to present your work for different settings. Lastly we encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and to talk about at interviews. This demonstrates that you are generous in giving up your time to help and support others plus shows your willingness to give back something to your community.

What's next?

This level 2 Course allows you to progress to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design. You may also consider progressing to a course in Fashion & Textiles, Digital Arts, Graphic Design or Games Development. There are numerous options and your tutors will be on-hand to guide your decision. 

On successful completion of a Level 3 course you can consider university, employment or apprenticeships. Career advice is available from our expert staff.

Future careers can include: 

  • Graphic designer  
  • Illustrator
  • Fashion designer or maker
  • Textile designer or maker (printed, woven, embroidered fashion, furnishing fabrics)
  • 3D designer, maker, jewellery designer or product designer
  • Interior designer
  • Spatial designer
  • Educator
  • Freelance practising artist
  • Art therapist

Kit costs

The majority of the equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase an art kit from the college at the start of the course. We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work. 

There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.

Kit costs
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Archivist or curator

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material.
  • Classifies material and arranges for its safe keeping and preservation.
  • Maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary.
  • Examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics.
  • Makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage.
  • Allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers.
  • Develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays.
  • Negotiates loans of material for specialist displays.
  • Liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest.
  • Answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,567

AVERAGE £23,946

POTENTIAL £37,889

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Artist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,706

AVERAGE £26,735

POTENTIAL £48,282

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Graphic designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,077

AVERAGE £24,648

POTENTIAL £39,039

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Product, clothing or related designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,004

AVERAGE £23,790

POTENTIAL £38,415

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science
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