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Art and Design - Level 2 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This is a practical, career focused course which introduces you to the different aspects of Art & Design through a wide range of projects.

The projects are all based on research and ideas development, through which you will begin to understand the different subject areas within Art & Design.

You will also be introduced to various techniques and skills through workshop sessions helping you build an art & design portfolio.

Toward the end of the course you will be able to choose specialist subject projects to further refine your portfolio, these will help you progress to the most suitable level 3 course.

Course content

You will study:

  • Contextual References in Art & Design
  • 2D & 3D Visual Communications
  • Using Ideas to Explore, Develop Produce Art& Design
  • Working with Textiles Briefs
  • Working in the Art & Design Industry
  • Working with 3D Design Craft Briefs
  • Portfolio Building

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Math’s. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

You will need at least one of the following entry qualifications:

  • BTEC Introductory Diploma or Level 1 Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • 4 GCSEs at grades D-F
  • An equivalent qualification to those above.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.


The qualification is assessed by continuous practical assessment via the collection of coursework, assessed against unit outcomes.

Future opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to an Extended Diploma Level 3 in related subject areas such as;

  • Textiles & Fashion Design
  • 3D Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Animation & Illustration
  • General Art & Design.


This course is highly practical and career-focused. If you’re thinking about changing career or starting a fresh, this course will help.

Gaining a practical, relevant qualification could also improve your promotion prospects.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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