SCQF Level 5
Art and Design

Course Overview
The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design is designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at School or previous study. During this course your creativity will be explored, developed and tested. This course will encourage you to build a personal portfolio which can be used to apply for further study or a job in the arts sector. 

The qualification structure provides a sound base of skills and knowledge that will enhance your self-confidence and understanding of career demands and opportunities within the art sector. This course will encourage you to build a personal portfolio which can be used to apply for further study or a job in the arts industry. 
This is a practical studio-based course where you will study a wide range of different specialities. This course is suited to school-leavers or mature students looking to develop skills in drawing using sketchbooks and to gain a better understanding of the creative process. You will research famous designers and take inspiration from their work. This course will finish with your final major project which can be displayed at our end of year show. 
What You Will Learn
  • An introductory experience to some of the materials, methods, processes and technical skills that support art and design activity
  • An introductory understanding of the context in which art and design activity is located
  • An opportunity to test student interest in art and design activities
  • Development of an awareness of the value of research to support art and design activity
  • An introduction to drawing skills necessary to support creative activity in art and design
  • Development of an understanding of the role of communication skills in the development of ideas
  • An opportunity to use the knowledge understanding and skills developed in previous units to identify research and produce a personal art and design project
  • Present personal project work in the end of year Diploma Exhibition
Entry Requirements
  • Four National 4’s including Art and Design and English (or equivalent)
  • You must submit a portfolio of practical artwork that demonstrates creative potential 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continual assessment of Art and Design work 
  • You will gain an overall final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
Acceptance into this course is based mainly on interview and portfolio submission 

You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be asked about your knowledge and interest in architecture and interior design 

Information on portfolio submission: 

  • You should include a variety of work that shows creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills  
  • Strong portfolios usually include sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches 
  • Portfolios could include loose drawings, prints, paintings, design work or photographs, drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper 
  • 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or, if a suitable scale, brought to interview 
  • We encourage candidates to include historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays 
  • Please ensure all bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details 
  • Candidates should present their work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with their name and address on the outside 
  • Please do not submit work rolled up 

Candidates without a portfolio should undertake the tasks below and bring the drawings to your interview. 

Drawing Project Research and Investigation: Consider a variety of different objects. 

  • Natural form e.g. shells, plants (botanic gardens) fruits and vegetables  
  • Man-made e.g. kitchen utensils, musical instruments, shoes/boots, clothing.   

Please pick one of the themes above. Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s)). The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials. 

  • Pencil  
  • Pen  
  • Charcoal  
  • Crayon/pastel 

You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form, structure, texture and colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). You should complete a minimum of six drawings. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • UAL Level 3 Diploma 
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Specialist HNC/D qualifications within Art and Design 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Employment at a junior level within the creative industries 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Niamh Curran has been named Star Creative Student at the Marketing Society Star Awards. 

Twenty-year-old Niamh beat off stiff competition from other college and university students across Scotland to be crowned the winner. After wowing the panel with her design work, Niamh headed along to the awards ceremony with Edinburgh College lecturers Helena Good and Chris Hughes, where she was announced as the winner and presented with the award by sponsor The Union marketing agency. 

As a result of the award, Niamh will do a paid work placement with The Union marketing agency in the summer. Niamh said:  

“I couldn’t believe it when I was shortlisted for this award. The project is unique because you have to initially do a written submission and, after being told I was horrendous at English in school and getting an F in my English exam, it was such a surprise that my written submission was shortlisted.” 
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Pre Degree Courses

The Pre Degree Courses Book showcases the work of students from our UAL Level 1, 2, 3, and Foundation Diploma students. 

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