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Art and Design (QCF) UAL Level 2 Diploma at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

All courses are led by engaging tutors with years of experience in the creative industries and include opportunities for work experience and live performances.

You’ll be required to undertake work experience to support your learning in a hands on, practical way. Opportunities from national and regional performing arts bodies, creative agencies and sector organisations will be advertised to students. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in trips and workshops to enhance your professional understanding of the sector.

Art and design: you’ll explore and develop your creativity while learning essential art, design and media skills. You’ll gain both practical and theoretical skills in the key areas of two and three dimensional design, such as fashion, textiles, graphic design, sculpture and product design. Alongside this, your ability and experience of painting, drawing, research and reflection will be continually developed throughout the course.

Course content

You will develop as an individual gaining communication, team working, presentation and research skills along with your creativity and subject specific skills. Topics of study include:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Printmaking including screen printing, lino printing, mono prints
  • Textiles
  • Digital media using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software
  • 3D making processes using wood, metal and ceramics.

Entry requirements

To join this course, you'll need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade D or above including English; or,
  • Four GCSEs at grade D or above, plus functional skills level 1 English; or,
  • A level 1 qualification in a relevant subject area - plus English GCSE at grade D or above, or functional skills level 1 English.

You'll also be required to demonstrate commitment and aptitude for the course through examples of your previous work to be discussed at interview.


You will be continually assessed on the coursework produced for your assignments. You won’t sit any formal examinations as part of this programme. You’ll only sit exams if you’re also doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

Students may be charged additional costs to pay for course materials, uniform if required, trips and visits. Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact for more information.

You do not have to pay course fees if you are between 16 and 18 years old and have been living in the UK or an EU country for three years prior to starting your studies.

If you are over 18 please speak to a client advisor.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme you can progress onto the Level 3 extended diploma in art and design, level 3 extended diploma in creative media production, level 3 extended diploma in graphics and new media or the level 3 extended diploma in fashion.

Further information

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 February 2017
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    • Our Hitchin Campus is on Cambridge Road, a five minute walk from the train station and ten minute walk from the town centre. All of our business, tourism & events, catering & hospitality, creative & performing arts, hairdressing & beauty therapy, public services and sport & fitness courses are based here.

      In recent years, we’ve invested over £10 million in additional space, new equipment and resources to make sure that our learning environment is consistent with that of a modern sector workplace.

      We’ve invested in:

      • dedicated classrooms, learning spaces and breakout areas for project work and independent study, including our black box drama studio for creative arts students
      • Hart Salon is our professional student-run hair and beauty salon at the Hitchin Campus. It’s open to the public and offers a range of affordable services
      • Hart Kitchens is our contemporary, student-run restaurant at the Hitchin Campus. Hart Kitchens is open for lunch Tuesday - Thursday during term time and we also run regular themed evenings
      • a learning resource centre with a great collection of books, journals, electronic databases and websites – open Monday to Friday during term time

      Our Hitchin Campus is a creative and fun environment, with fantastic links to local employers.