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Art and Design 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. 

Fashion retail is an ever-changing industry, particularly with the growth of online fashion retail sites and the advent of   designer clothing. Explore this and more on this one year course which will open your eyes up to the many opportunities that exist in fashion retail.

You’ll carry out a work placement as part of the course and alongside this you’ll get to complete a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects.

Our industry links provide amazing opportunities for our students. Our partnership with House of Fraser led to fashion retail students styling and development the look-book used by House of Fraser personal shopper staff to help customers find clothing and accessories based on the latest trends. This is just one example of our students getting real hands on experience in a real working environment.

Course content

This course consists of the following:  



Term 1 - Award in Art & Design


The first term provides an opportunity for students to explore their interest in art and design using various materials, methods and processes that support many art and design activities to include: 

  • Drawing
  • Pattern & texture
  • Colour work
  • Exploration of ideas

Term 2 - Full Diploma
The full diploma will complete the course enabling students to build their skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through the Award. Students will increase their self-confidence, and understanding of the career demands and opportunities within art and design. Students will also be involved in an annual studio-based art show.

The course will provide skills and knowledge in the following:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics

Projects often link to live briefs and competitions. 

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 is also required. Applications from mature students are welcomed.

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


Assessment is continuous and will consist of a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects plus a final major project at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

  • UAL Extended Diploma in Design, Fine Art or Fashion
  • Certificate and Diploma courses in Retail and 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

Key information


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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!