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Art and Design (Digital) BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

Stafford College has many years experience teaching Level 2 Art and Design courses and for September 2013 we are introducing this new and exciting programme of study which enables students to focus even more specifically on the aspects of Art and Design that they really enjoy and feel good at. It is intended to prepare students to progress to more advanced levels of study in further education and eventually higher education or employment in the creative industries.


This course is worth the equivalent of 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C. 

Course content

This Level 2 First Diploma in Art and Design (Digital) is for anyone who really enjoys experimenting with digital technology, for example, digital cameras, scanners, computers and software. It encourages creativity whilst focusing on the development of practical skills and teaches you how to express your ideas through visual language.


The course work will cover a variety of different project briefs through which you will experience digital image making, graphic design for screen and print, website development and animation.


On this course you will learn about the work of other artists and designers and what opportunities there are to work within the art and design industry. These lessons will not only take place in college, but also through visits to museums, art galleries and to organisations within the art and design industry. There will also be field trips where students will gather research for your projects.


The work produced on the course will form the basis of your own portfolio, which will be essential if you intend to apply to do a Level 3 Art and Design qualification, either at Stafford College or any other college.


To achieve, you have to successfully complete seven core/mandatory and four optional specialist units. All of these will be covered by course work and some self-directed study.


At the end of the course, all students have the opportunity to participate in the annual art and design exhibition.


English & maths


We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths. Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades. Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE’s at D/E or equivalent qualifications in relevant subjects.
  • Or a full Level 1 Vocational qualification at a Pass grade plus demonstration of suitable practical skills and a satisfactory reference.
  • Other experience will be considered for mature students.
  • Selection will be by interview. You will be asked to provide some examples of your own work and some evidence of your interest in Art and Design.


Students progress on this art programme is continually monitored with formal assessment of practical and written work produced in all the projects.  At the end of the course students display their work in a final exhibition, which also forms part of the assessment. However, students who need to take Functional Skills English will sit an exam.

Financial information

Students will need to buy sketchbooks, paper and art materials which will cost approximately £3.00 per week. Trips and visits will also need to be paid for, but students will be given prior notice of this.


For information about possible other fees and financial help, please call 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course could lead to employment or progression to a Level 3 qualification. At Stafford College we offer the following courses:


  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Interactive Media
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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