Art & Design | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0058-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including a creative subject, English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work. Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 2

Why this course?

Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our art & design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of subjects including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the art & design course, enabling you to to develop employability skills with the confidence to progress in the creative industries.

  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Highly experienced teaching team
  • Strong track record of progression to prestigious universities
  • Fantastic facilities and your own studio space

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To start at this level you need at least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including a creative subject, English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work to be reviewed 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.

Entry requirements

About this course

You will build on your previous knowledge and skills in art and design, including history, research and portfolio development. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the art & design course, enabling you to to develop employability skills with the confidence to progress in the creative industries. 

Topics include
  • Develop technical skills and processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, digital skills, photography, textiles and fashion
  • Explore a range of 2D and 3D design skills
  • How to present your project work and portfolio to a professional standard


The course is divided into three stages of which you are required to pass each stage before progressing to the next.

The final stage, stage three, is graded at pass, merit or distinction. Project work for assessment will take the form of sketchbooks, design sheets, and planners including your reflections and final outcomes.


The Creative Industries department at Brighton MET has an extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios.

  • Extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios
  • 3D printer, laser cutting machine, large scale ink jet printer, Canon EOS DSLR cameras, Mac animation suite, photographic suite
  • Printmaking workshop (screen, lino, metal and dry point etching)
  • Plaster, ceramics and glass workshops
  • 3D wood, metal and plastics workshop including a forge, a pattern cutting room and fashion studios

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 Brighton’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 Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

After this course

Further study

This Level 2 Course allows you to progress to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design, Photography, Filmmaking or Games Design.

On successful completion of Level 3 you can consider university, employment or an apprenticeship. 

Future careers 

  • Fashion/textile designer
  • Graphic designer or illustrator
  • Product/interior/furniture/jewellery designer
  • Architect
  • Teacher/museum curator
  • Freelance artist/craftsperson 

Work experience

The completion of a work placement or work-based experience, can take a variety of forms, whether this be in the form of work experience with an external company, work related experience with live projects such as commissioned work from an internal or external client. Our Level 2 students have worked with Brighton Fringe on their children’s art competition. Students curated a show displaying primary school children’s work and ran a drawing workshop with them and their parents.  

Work experience will be planned in blocks or days during the year. You will be informed when your block is scheduled during welcome days and another reminder will be given at induction.

During these work experience blocks, if you are re-taking your English/maths GCSEs, you will be required to attend tutorials in these subjects as normal. Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience, however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure a placement. Your placement 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, allowing you to demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real life setting, with real work for real clients. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio for employment applications, which is definitely the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

Alongside contextualising skills and techniques, we align you with the sectors way of thinking through work-based experience and activities. You will hone your employability skills by: meeting and greeting clients; understanding what the client is looking for in terms of commissioned work outcomes; making idea suggestions and taking feedback from clients and employer; delivering presentations; turning up on time; wearing the right clothing; delivering to set deadlines; understanding health and safety processes and possibly producing risk assessments.

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, and it shows your willingness to give back something to your community.

Course costs

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here. Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

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.

Further Information:

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


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND 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

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