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Art & Design 16–18 year olds — UAL Level 2 Diploma

Course information

The course is designed for students who wish to progress to a career in the art & design sector
The course is delivered through a series of internally assessed assignment briefs.
This course provides knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of art & design specialist areas to include fine art skills such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Together with the opportunity to explore ceramic and 3D design crafts and graphics.
On the Level 2 course we understand that you are passionate about art and that you have come to us in the hope of seeing those passions grow. On our course, you will be surrounded by likeminded people from all walks of life. We live, sleep and breath art because we understand that art reflects life. We are experts in our field of study and we understand that art is not just about drawing nice pictures; it's about improving your observational skills, learning to expand your thinking, analysing and tackling difficult issues, establishing your own creative confidence and expanding on your technical ability. Our primary focus is your creative evolution and we create safe, productive environments that actively promote equality and diversity so that you feel comfortable questioning, learning and being who you are without fear of judgement or discrimination. Your assignment themes will reflect our values and issues in the world at large. Each assignment is structured to follow the 'Design Process' (research gathering, creative experimentation, development of media/techniques, ending in design and creating a final piece e.g. a painting, sculpture, drawing etc).
What will I learn?
You will gain a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 4 GCSE’s).
You will learn how to analyse art and related issues.
You will learn how to evaluate materials, techniques and processes.
You will learn how to document process appropriately.
You will have the access to specialist workshops and tools.
You will expand the vocabulary and have the chance to foster critical discussion/debate.
You will experience working independently and have the opportunity to work in groups on project work.
You will build on your time management skills.
You will increase your experience of working to a deadline.
You will be responsible for managing a busy workload.
You will have access to employers and work experience opportunities.


Art & Design UAL Level 2 Diploma

This course leads to...

UAL Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Art and Design with specialist pathways (Art & Design, Fashion, Photography or Digital Graphics)

Entry Requirements

Level 1 Qualification or 3 GCSE's at Grade 3/D or equivalent and an interview to include evidence of a portfolio of artwork (5-10 pieces inclusive of tonal blending).

Why study with us?

This programme is based within the city centre providing access to a range of creative and cultural resources. Student work in specialist workshops to include art & design, print, ceramics, darkrooms, textiles, 3D and life drawing and are taught by specialist staff.
Students participate in educational visits and live project briefs throughout the academic year. They develop a professional portfolio preparing them for progression to a higher level of study. All students exhibit their work at an end of year show within the city centre attended by family, friends the awarding body and employers.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163145

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £18,135 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 2710.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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