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Full Time

Level 2 Art and Design Skills Diploma

Art & Design Skills

1 year

Central Campus


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Course summary

This Level 2 Art and Design Skills Diploma course is ideal for school leavers who wish to further develop their skills in 2D/3D Art, and have ambitions to work in the Architecture, Illustration, Graphic Design or Tattoo industries.

Course requirements

You will need a Level 1 qualification or GCSEs at Grade 3/D. You should bring a portfolio of your work to your interview or submit it to the tutor by email.


You will cover four units across the year.

Module A: Exploring and Developing Art and Design Skills

Part 1: Skills Development

You will develop your skills in 2D and 3D Art. You will learn about sketchbook presentation skills and develop a variety of 2D techniques such as mark making and impasto painting while exploring a variety of art styles and artists. You will experiment with cardboard, clay and plaster of Paris to create interesting sculptures. This will lead to your first assessment brief which involves exploring a country of your choice to produce 2D/3D work for a newly opened restaurant chain.

Part 2: Art and Design Project

You will experiment with a wide variety of textile techniques such as lino printing, batik and ink on fabric. You will examine the work of a number of textiles artists and learn about tapestries. Your brief involves creating your own tapestry designs inspired by a natural form of your choice and making your own tapestry.

Module B: Personal Development

You will investigate your own professional practice and interests in the creative industry. You will develop a portfolio of drawings related to this area of interest and explore a range of artists.

Module C: Responding to a Creative Brief

You will put together all the skills you have cumulated across the year into your own exciting Final Major Project (FMP). Within this, you will learn how to generate your own contexts, exploring and developing skills in an area of your choice. Such areas may include: fashion, architecture, interior design, tattooing and digital art. You will exhibit your final piece in the end-of-year exhibition which will be open to friends and the public to view.

We run visits to museums and galleries, locally and nationally. We also have strong links with the creative industries in the West Midlands and put on talks by practising artists and give you the chance to take part in art projects for big-name organisations such as Fat Face and West Midlands Trains.

Assessment is 100% coursework based. This includes a combination of practical 2D/3D work and written annotations presented in A3 sketchbooks throughout the year.

Successful completion of this Level 2 Art and Design Skills Diploma course can lead to a BTEC Level 3 National in Art and Design Practice in one of our specialist areas: Fashion, Art or Digital Media.

You will leave with a professional portfolio of 2D/3D work suitable for future careers in: architecture, tattooing, graphic design and illustration.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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