UAL Level 2 Diploma -       Art & Design

"The UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training in a range of art and design subjects." - -

This course is aimed at adults wishing to further develop their artistic skills in a supportive and inclusive environment.


Course content

The course is designed for adult learners as well as younger learners who wish to explore and extend their experience in working creatively. In the first term students will explore a range of disciplines building a strong foundation. Work will include painting, drawing, print making, 3D and photography. Students will be able to try out different techniques and materials and explore  ways in which artists and designers communicate visual ideas.  Work created will form a final personal project and learners will take part in an end of year exhibition. The course includes general observation drawing, painting, design,art history and  art appreciation. This course is broadly equivalent to GCSE level.


teaching and assessment

 This is a one year program of study delivered over 3 academic terms.

The course is made up of 8 project/assignment based units. Tutors are available at all times and have a variety of specialisms. Assessment takes place continually throughout the course in the form of group discussion, one to one tutorials and formal feedback and grading. The course requires a major final project, assessment and exhibition.

How many UCAS points is this course worth?

Successful completion of this course attracts UCAS points and is broadly equivalent to GCSE level.

Can I go straight onto University from this course?

It would be unusual for a learner to secure a place on a Higher Education Degree Course directly from a Level 2 qualification although the criteria for admissions for individual universities varies. We would recommend you contact your university of choice to inquire about this. Learners would typically progress to a Level 3 Extended Diploma or self- employment or employment within the creative industries.

How many days will I be in College?

Attendance - 1 tutored day per week 10.00 am  till 4.30 pm. Learners are welcome to use extra time in the studio on other days.

How many hours of work will I do at home?

At least one or more days of self- study are required.

Do I need to buy all my materials? 

Learners are required to pay a £200 fee at enrolment and at the start of the course which allows them to use the studio materials and printing facilities whilst at college and goes towards an educational trip. This fee will be waived if you are able to provide evidence to show that you have a personal gross income of less than £15,736.50 per year. Evidence can include 3 months wage slips, Latest P60, last Self-Employed Tax Return, Benefit letter dated within the last 3 months, proof of Pension and/or 3 months bank statements.

Some materials will be required for self- study.

If your yearly earnings are over £15,736.50 then College of West Anglia can offer a Materials Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that goes towards the materials fee for learners who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

We also offer the option to spread the payments over the year, please speak to us and we can arrange this.

Is there any help with travel costs?

College of West Anglia can offer a Travel Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that helps with travel costs for learners who live certain distances from AAE and who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

What qualifications do I need?

 We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome those who may not have formal qualifications. In the past we have accepted students where the opportunity for attaining a full spectrum of qualifications has not been possible due to circumstances. We are most concerned with the applicants level of creativity and willingness to learn, so each case is judged individually.  You will be invited to attend an interview where you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the subject applied for.