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Art and Design (Fashion) UAL Diploma Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

This course is accredited by the University of the Arts London awarding body, Europe's largest specialist arts and design university. 

If you’ve got a keen eye for detail, love being creative and have a particular interest and growing talent in fashion, drawing or designing, this course is perfect for you.

You’ll study in the heart of the Creative Quarter in the Adams Building, which is steeped in art and design history. The facilities and studio spaces are spacious and have all the latest equipment so you’ll feel completely free to explore your full creative talents.

There are opportunities throughout the year to go on visits to galleries & exhibitions locally & nationally. Plus, you’ll take part in a yearly studio-based art show, live project briefs and competitions.

Course content

This one year course covers a whole variety of principles and techniques in fashion and design, helping you to explore your interests and talents, whilst giving you broad skills across a range of methods. 

Term 1 - Award in Art and Design

The first term provides an opportunity to explore your interest in art and design using various materials, methods and processes that support many art and design activities to include: 
• Drawing
• Pattern and texture
• Colour work
• Exploration of ideas

Term 2 - full diploma

The full diploma will complete your course enabling you to build your skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through the Award. The course will provide skills and knowledge the following:

• Design
• Textiles
• Styling
• Garment construction

This course is accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body.

Entry requirements

Students must have ONE of the following:  

• 4 GCSEs (3 at grades A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E), including English & Maths
• Level 1 qualification at merit, plus GCSE English & Maths (1 at grade A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E)  
• Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and/or English 

A portfolio of art & design work and a reference are also required. 

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.  

All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100.


Assessment is continuous with final assessment points at the end of term 1 and term 3.

Future opportunities

  • Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Design, Fine Art or Fashion


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!