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Graphics Pathway in Art & Design - UAL Level 2 Diploma

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 174486

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 1 year course.
  • Majority of students progress to further education, or straight into employment within this industry.
  • Take part in excursions throughout Merseyside.
  • UAL Level 2 Diploma.
  • Gain your first Level 2 design qualification and kick-start your career.
  • This course gives you the skills needed to succeed in a competitive environment.
  • Learn in a safe, incluisve and respectful learning environment.
  • Access outstanding teaching support from our dedicated and pasisonate team.

What to expect from the course

The UAL Diploma Level 2 in Digital Art and Graphic Design course is designed for students to gain their first Level 2 design qualification. It enables you to pursue a career in the visual and creative industries by developing the skills needed to succeed in a competitive environment.

Through project assignments, you'll have the opportunity to explore a range of digital and art based design disciplines such as graphic design, illustration, web design, digital photography, art production and visual communication.

The aim of this course is to develop your skills and a knowledge base in the field of graphic design covering disciplines in 3D design, digital graphics and illustration for the advertising and marketing industries.

The delivery of the programme is through: project assignment work, practical demonstrations, workshops, lectures, mini tasks, group critiques, presentations, contextual studies, historical studies, theory and research.

Each student's individual portfolio will show samples of work which explore digital and artistic techniques, methods and approaches. You'll also develop cultural awareness and a mature attitude towards a potential career in your chosen field.
The course covers core skills such as drawing, creative thinking, design theory, research and communication skills.

In addition, specific software tool skills will be gained in industry-based packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D, web design in HTML5.

This is a one year course programme consisting of 3-4 assignment projects for study. On completion of these 7 units, you will get to write your own project based final major project.

The majority of students who successfully complete the course go on to Further Education. Alternatively, students have gone straight into employment/self employment and have developed careers in the industry.

In addition, the course has a commitment to develop the student experience by offering regular excursions to all gallery and events throughout Merseyside.

If you would like to see examples of work by current students please follow:


The course includes support to improve literacy and numeracy skills.


UAL Level 2 Diploma in Digital Art and Graphic Design

Why study with us?

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

Digital Art & Design Level 3
Art & Design with specialist pathways - Art & Design,Photography, Fashion Level 3.
Game Art Level 3

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, however 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 £33,958.60 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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