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Art and Design Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course.

About this course

This course introduces you to the dynamic area of art and design. You will learn by completing project briefs based on realistic work-based activities. There will be the opportunity to explore materials and experiment with new techniques. 

To assess your skills and interests, you will sample a range of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D work, ceramics, fashion and textiles. You will also study the work of other artists and designers.

Your course will include tutor-led demonstrations, presentations and regular tutorials to support your studies. Course enrichment activities can include visits to galleries and museums and working on live projects and competitions.

You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college for at least 6 hours a week.

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4.

Students are required to provide their own basic equipment as well as pay a studio fee of approximately £50 towards the cost of materials provided by the college and you are expected to contribute towards the cost of trips and visits. You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course from the college’s Learner Support Fund.  

Staff and facilities

You will learn from experienced and specialised art and design tutors who will be able to offer advice and support in terms of your studies and future goals.

Classes are delivered in well- resourced art studios and IT rooms as well as specialist workshops for photography, printmaking, ceramics and textiles.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and express their ideas visually. As the course is assessed partly by coursework you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Qualification Title            

UAL Level 2 Diploma Art and Design.

UAL award: University of the Arts London a highly respected qualification for the creative arts nationally and internationally.


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at minimun Grade 3   (or acceptable alternatives) including a minimum Grade 3 in English Language and an art related subject or portfolio of art work.


The work is by continual assessment but you will also be graded on each project and a pass must be achieved to continue to the next stage.

At the end of the course you will undertake a final project which concludes in a final grade and your work exhibited in an end of year show. 


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Successful completion of this course with good attendance and punctuality and tutor recommendation can lead to one of our Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma courses or an appropriate alternative.



Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018 4-7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 4-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019 4-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019 4-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFFAD1