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Art & Design UAL Level 2 Diploma

This study programme will introduce you to a wide range of art, design and craft techniques through a mix of studio-based projects, lectures, teamwork and one-to-one teaching. You will develop a comprehensive portfolio of work that reflects improvements in your ability. The study programme will give you an insight to the Art and Design pathway, allowing you to explore various disciplines within this area. You will be taught by a range of subject specialist tutors.


Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
Duration: 2 Years
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and maths and a keen interest in art and design. Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • 2D and 3D communication
    • Contextual references in art and design
    • Exploring and developing ideas
    • Producing art and design outcomes
    • Building a portfolio
    • Working in the art and design industry.
    • You will also study two specialist units, which may include graphic design, moving image and textiles design (surface pattern design).
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • There will also be trips planned throughout the year to various galleries, museums and exhibitions. Past trips have included Tate Modern, V&A, Pitt Rivers and the Design Museum.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed at regular intervals during the study programme. The project briefs will tell you what you need to do and tutors will advise on how to improve your performance.


Art & Design UAL Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications (if required)
  • Short course in Art & Design related practice (if required)
Further study and career options

Successful completion at merit level or above will enable you to progress on to our Art & Design Level 3. Entry is subject to successful interview.

Additional information

You will undertake practical work over four days a week. Running alongside the practical project work you will be given opportunities to develop and apply Functional Skills. This will lead to standalone qualifications in mathematics and English and are essential for a successful career within the creative industries and other areas of working life. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of £40 for course materials and £40 for trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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