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

This is a hands-on course giving you a broad experience in Art & Design covering a range of skills including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D work, textiles and fashion

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Key information

Course code: B0625 Course type: Full-time, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: • 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, 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. End qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 2 Awarding body: UAL Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: 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, planners including your reflections and final outcomes.

Course aims and areas

Giving you a broad experience in 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.

Course Units

  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
  • Introduction to contextual research
  • Introduction to drawing skills
  • Introduction to communication skills
  • Solving 2D creative problems
  • Solving 3D creative problems
  • Solving time-based creative problems
  • Developing and producing a personal project

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.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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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, Photography or Film Making.

On successful completion of Level 3 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

  • 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

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 to the course includes a portfolio review with the course leader. Your portfolio of work must show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You may be expected to talk about a favourite artist or designer; a piece of artwork which has inspired you or how you have developed your ideas.

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.

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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

1939 Available opportunities -1.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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

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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

448 Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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

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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

278 Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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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