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Art and Design UAL Diploma Level 2 at Croydon College

Course description

This creative course will offer you the opportunity to work with a wide range of art and design materials, techniques, and processes in our subject specialist studios and workshops.  It will help you to identify your personal strengths and your area of interest and it is a stepping stone to study at Level 3.

You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers and technical staff, covering areas of art and design including contextual studies, drawing, painting, functional design, 2D and 3D visual studies, and photography. You will have a tutor who oversees your learning and development closely, supporting you in building further confidence, new skills, and independence, all of which will help you to build an art and design portfolio.

This course will provide you with an individual learning experience, focusing on how you are developing your thinking skills, ideas, technical skills, and abilities.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

Throughout your course, you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous trips which include visits to London to look at various sites, galleries and museums to gather inspiration.

You will also be involved in collaborative projects such as our annual Pop-Up shop, raising money through creative work for charity. You will have the chance to participate on the enrichment programme which involves working in your group debating and discussing key worldwide topics and getting experience in voluntary action.

The Croydon School of Art end of year shows are a key date when you will have the chance to showcase your best work from the year to your family and friends as well as professional visitors.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview with some examples of art or design work. This may be a portfolio of work, sketchbooks, observational drawings, photographs, design technology or graphic work.


You will be assessed through the production of a variety of practice based projects where sketchbook work and final outcomes are graded at pass, merit, or distinction.

Future opportunities

This course is ideal for those students who want a broad art and design experience which will give you time to consider your future creative path whilst building a strong portfolio of work.

This programme will allow you to progress on to one of our Level 3 Art and Design courses. Alternatively, you can progress on to employment via an internship or an apprenticeship within the creative arts industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport