16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Art and Design (Level 2)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

Grade 3 English Language GCSE or L1 Functional Skill English, Grade 3 Maths GCSE or L1 Functional Skill Maths, 4 GCSEs at Grade 3

Course information

The Creative Arts / Design Industry is actually one of the largest sectors of the UK economy and has been the fastest growing in the last 10 years (Dept. of Culture Media Sport (DCMS) data)

Our broad Art and Design programmes allow you to explore a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes used in art and design. You will explore 3D design, ceramics, fine art, photography, graphics and fashion textiles, and you will work in both traditionally and using digital media. The programme will allow you to specialise in areas of choice or interest that will help you with your personal progression aspirations as either a traditional artist or a designer.

The Art and Design programmes are delivered in a spacious, open-plan studio complex. Facilities include a variety of print making areas, a dedicated 3D workshop, ceramics and plaster rooms, a darkroom for black and white printing and studio for photography. Throughout the spaces there are Apple Mac computer areas, and specialist books and resources. Our tutors all have relevant experience of industry bringing a wide range of experience and expertise to the programmes.

Working for our retail learning company Indigo you will contribute towards the production of artwork, 3D, artefacts or graphics work for sale. Working with local companies through our learning company gives you the opportunity to develop your professional portfolio and produce real outcomes for the public consumer.

You are encouraged to think with an entrepreneurial mind and consider how you could sell your products or begin a creative business venture.

Course Content

New BTEC L2 Diploma in Art and Design Skills - continuously assessed (NO exams!)

This is a highly practical studio based one year programme, designed to give learners the opportunities to practise developing key employability skills in relation to the art and design industries. There are five main content areas that reflect the fundamental creative skills, and which are designed to give learners valuable transferable skills. These five content areas are:

  • investigation
  • communication
  • practical skills
  • development
  • approach

The content supports progression to further study or training at Level 3, is appropriate for study at Level 2, and consistent with current industry practice, providing learners with a foundation in the skills needed to progress to further education with an understanding of industry and the roles and opportunities available to them. Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory learning and teaching modules:

  • Exploring and developing art and design skills
  • Personal development
  • Responding to a creative brief.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Any Level 3 Art and Design course

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