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Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Art & Design (UAL)

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £1,896*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Full-time; Full-time (16-18s); Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

This 1-year design course will introduce you to a range of 2D & 3D visual language and design skills. Using Visual research as a starting point you will learn and develop a broad range of practical techniques and skills to produce creative work in the areas of 2D and 3D design.

You will be taught by dedicated and experienced lecturers. You will work on design projects that involve exploring the properties and potential of materials for design using a range of 2D & 3D techniques and technologies. Work will involve 2D printing using ink and digital software as well as Photography and developing drawing skills. You will regularly visit museums and galleries to gather information to inform your design work.

We believe that supporting you so that you can pursue a future in design is important, so the course will include helping you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional Key Skills qualification study. You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.

Outline of skills and knowledge

  • Constructed Textile Design
  • Digital Design
  • Photography

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

When students successfully complete this course they have the opportunity to progress onto a level 3 vocational qualification course to develop their design skills in greater depth and equip them with the relevant knowledge and production skills needed to pursue University study or career opportunities in their chosen design subject area.

How will I learn?

 Practical and theory based classes will take place.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

You will need to work independently outside of college on assignments and projects will roughly run for about six weeks.

In addition to your coursework there will be regular opportunity for you to visit galleries & museums, participate in additonal workshops and attend talks from visiting artists.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Entry onto the course is by interview. You will need to bring with you some examples of your work that you would like to talk about, a reference from school or college and your National Record of Achievement. At interview you should demonstrate potential to benefit from this course. Ideally you will have 4 GCSEs at D grade. If you don't think that you have the right qualifications but think this is the right course for you then apply or come along to the college to see how we can support you.

Expected prior knowledge

 You will have some experience of art and design through school or college.

English level

 GCSE Grade D or the equivalent.

Mathematics level

 GCSE Grade D or the equivalent, but not essential

Equipment and other costs

 It will be essential to have the following eqipment such as pencils, brushes, pens, rubbers, rulers, scissors etc. It would be desirable to equip yourself with a materials art box. A materials list will be provided at enrolment.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.



* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.