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Art & Design — UAL Level 2 Diploma

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 173821

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Gain a Level 2 qualification that is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.
  • Learn to analyse art and related issues.
  • Gain access to employers and work experience opportunities.
  • Boost your creative confidence and expand your technical abilities.
  • 1 year course.
  • Learn in the College's fantastic setting and make use of our outstanding facilities.
  • Gain guidance and support from our passionate teaching team.

What to expect from the course

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

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.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Designed for all learners with a grade profile of 3 GCSEs at grade 3 and 4 and/or level 1 qualification at grade Merit or above. English and Maths GCSEs are not required, but you will need to work toward these within the academic year.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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 £21,225 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 for24/25 is 2710.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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