Accessibility links

Art and Design BTEC Level 2 at Shipley College

Course description

Enjoy being creative?

In this practical course you will produce a wide range of art and design work including 2D and 3D graphics in our art studio.

Explore a broad range of materials, techniques and processes including digital photography, painting, printmaking, graphic design, wirework, textiles and surface pattern.

Working on your own project brief, you build up a portfolio - essential for job applications or further study at Level 3. Other project work will include ‘live’ briefs from employers and community organisations.

Overall, this course will help you develop as an art and design practitioner. There are visits to galleries and exhibitions, providing you with useful insights for showcasing your own work at the End of Year Exhibition.

Course content

You will stud y a range of 9 (nine) units.

These include:

  • Unit 1- Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Art and Design (Internal) You will learn about different art, craft and design specialism’s which will help you develop your own ideas for art and design.
  • Unit 2 - Creative Project in Art and Design (External) This unit looks at contemporary and historical art, design and craft; you will explore the work of other artists to help you develop your own research skills and presentation skills.
  • Unit 5 - Developing an Art and Design Portfolio (Internal) You will work to your own project brief. You will research, plan and develop an idea to produce final design ideas of your own.
  • Unit 6 - Investigating Contextual References in Art and Design (Internal) You will learn about employment opportunities available within the art and design industry. The course also includes a range of optional units in areas such as textiles, fine art, graphic design and community art.
  • You may also study GCSE or Functional Skills in English and maths. Improved English and maths grades helps to make students more employable and improve CVs or personal statements.

You will have the chance to curate and showcase your work at the End of Year Art Exhibition. It is a great way for others to see your artwork. Many of the projects are set with the involvement of employers and community agencies working to ‘live’ assignment briefs giving you the opportunity to work as an art and design practitioner.

Other projects and educational trips have included:

  • Volunteering at Saltaire ArtsTrail.
  • Trips to Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park for insights and ideas.

These were great opportunities and a fun experience for all ourstudents and staff and thechance to contributeto the localcommunity.

Entry requirements

  • 2 GCSEs at grade D (3) or above, including English or Level 1 at Pass grade, plus a GCSE grade D (3) in English.
  • You will have an interview and further assessment to check the course is right for you.
  • You need a portfolio of artwork or sketch books.


The course is unit-based and is mostly assessed internally with two units being assessed externally to Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. You will also take GCSE or functional skills English and maths depending on your grade profile. These will require learners to take end of year externally set tests.

Financial information

Most students will not have to pay tuition fees. There will be a number of basic materials you must pay for and you will beexpected to add to these as you progress through the course. The total cost is likely to be approximately £50 per year. You will also have to pay for educational visits to galleries, museums and exhibitions.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you can have the opportunity to progress on to the Art & Design BTEC Level 3, or begin your career in fashion Design and Clothing, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles, Multimedia and 3D Design or Fine Art.

Further information

This is a 1 year course and you will attend college for approximately 16 hours per week. You will need to spend a number of hours on extra study to complete coursework and/or assignments. You will also visit several galleries and exhibitions in order to study the work of other artists which will help you to see how art and design fits into the wider world.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
Provider logo

Key information