Accessibility links

Art and Design Level 2 Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

If you want to learn how to produce exciting art work with 2D and 3D materials taught by practising professional artists, then this is the course to join. This 1 year project-based course encourages independence and builds confidence in those who prefer a practical approach to study. This course culminates with a Final Major Project during the summer term, where you will have a greater degree of autonomy.

Course content

The course comprises eight units covering drawing, painting and experimentation with a variety of 3D materials, including clay. You will also experiment with animation and photograms for time-based projects, use Photoshop, and learn a variety of print-making techniques.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade 3 (grade D) or above. Grade 4 (grade C) in English or Maths is an advantage but if you do not have, you can take Functional Skills Maths and English sessions each week and take exams throughout the year until you achieve a pass. A portfolio of work or sketchbooks.


Project work is set with structured achievable targets organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma courses we offer. We offer Graphics and Illustration, Fashion and Textiles, Product Design, Photography, Moving Image and Art and Design. These two-year courses provide students with an excellent foundation for achieving placements at the best universities and colleges in the country.

A career in art is diverse and can include further study in art therapy, teacher training or other academic study at BA Level or opportunities to work in industry as an illustrator, graphics or theatre designer, specialist art teacher in Secondary or Further Education, work in the ceramics, textiles/fashion industries. Many artists become self-employed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • SGS WISE (the West of England Institute of Specialist Education) was opened in 2005 as a brand new state-of-the-art vocational centre for sport and the arts. The campus is home to the Bristol Academy of Sport, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Bristol School of Art.