Art & Design | UAL Diploma in Art and Design | Level 2

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

Why this course?

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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 for further study.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

At least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, preferably including English and Maths.

Portfolio review with the course tutor.

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.

If you do not have the above grades start on the Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design

Entry requirements

Course units

Course topics include:

  • 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 art 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.


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.


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 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.

Work experience will be planned in blocks or as days during the year. Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement (this will need to be approved by the College in advance). During these work experience blocks you may be required to attend English and/or Maths slots for Functional skills or GCSE if you are re-taking. 

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. 

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

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional 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.

Course costs
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