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Art and Design (UAL) Level 2 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

You will have the opportunity to explore and discover new ways of working with methods of production and specialist techniques in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, digital image making, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. You will also research the lives and work of other selected artists and designers related to each project. This research will inspire and inform your own creative outcomes alongside developing your verbal and written analytical skills and use of formal art and design language. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at different points throughout the year which then culminates in a large external exhibition of the whole art department in June.

The Level 2 Art and Design Diploma provides the perfect stepping stone to further study by engaging students in such a wide range of media. It enables you to build your skills, knowledge and portfolio in preparation for progression to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or alternatively a range of other Level 3 qualifications offered at the College.

Course content

The course is taught through practical projects and assignments. The projects cover a range of art skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking and crafts such as ceramics. You will produce individual outcomes through guided research, ideas, development, media experimentation and evaluation. During the course, we also make several research visits to art galleries and exhibitions. 

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is 3 grade Es at GCSE to include English and maths.


The diploma is made up of eight units, each with its own assessment criteria. Each completed practical project is graded against a unit. All students complete a final personal project which is graded pass, merit or distinction. The grade for this final unit gives the overall grade for the course.

Future opportunities

The Level 2 Diploma give you the ideal foundation of skills to then progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or a range of other Level 3 programmes within the College.

Further information

We encourage all students to spend their own time sketching, designing or making things. Visiting galleries and exhibitions is an excellent way to see a wide range of artists’ and designers’ work which can then be used to inspire your own creativity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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