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Art and Design - Level 2 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Learn about the creative arts and get an excellent start to your career with our Diploma in Art and Design. Covering a broad range of art and design skills as well as an introduction to the history of art, crafts and design this exciting course gives you vocational skills for employment or for further study on our foundation diploma.

This BTEC diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grade C. You are introduced to pathways in art and design, fashion, graphics and photography.



Course content

This Diploma in Art and Design provides you with vocational skills for entry to employment or progression to further and higher education. It introduces you to pathways in art and design fashion graphics and photography. 

The six vocational units are: 
• 2D and 3D communication
• vocational contexts
• expose and develop ideas
• production and outcome
• working to visual arts briefs
• working to 3D design crafts briefs

Units 3 and 4 form the basis of the final major project. This is the culmination of the course and reflects the project proposal. You produce the project proposal during the spring term. In addition you also undertake a short course in visual arts. It runs over the first half of the autumn term and provides you with an extra award.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 2 programme will normally have:
- At least 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above and/or a completed Level 1 award
- GCSEs to include English and Maths at Grade D or above or Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications
- The willingness to study for an additional qualification in English and/or Maths
- If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


All six units of the course are assessed. Assessment is continual and done internally with some units also being verified externally.

You learn by working in a range of specialist studios. The course runs on a four-day week either Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday. Classes are 9am until 4pm unless otherwise advised.

Future opportunities

You have the opportunity to progress to a range of art and design courses here at City of Oxford College or elsewhere.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPFDART


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