- Subject Area
- Design & Visual Arts
- Age Group
Shena Simon Campus
(Full Time - 1 year)
This Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design is the ideal route for anyone who would like to complete one of our Level 3 courses here at The Manchester College but who doesn’t yet meet the necessary entry requirements.
Throughout the whole year, you’ll have the chance to work across a range of materials and disciplines, developing your practical and analytical skills in areas such as graphic and communication design, fashion & textiles, drawing, and working with 3D materials.
You’ll be able to focus on your own creative potential, and use your skills to find innovative solutions to a number of art and design problems, some of which will be posed to you directly by employers in live briefs. This will give you real work experience of the industry and - along with sessions on study skills like reflective thinking, self-management and problem solving – will help prepare you for a future successful career. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.
You’ll need to have at least two GCSEs at grade D or above, including either English or Maths, to enrol on this course. Alternatively, you’ll have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design. You should also be enthusiastic about the subject, and it would be helpful to have a small portfolio of art work for your interview.
Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.
If you’re an adult learner, you’ll be able to join us on this Level 2 Diploma without previous qualifications if you can attend an interview and show us your ability to cope with the demands of study, based on your previous experience, commitment and interests.
How will I be assessed?
During this Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll be assessed via a range of creative briefs, each designed to combine practical and theoretical studies and challenge you to develop creative solutions. You’ll also take part in lectures/presentations, discussion group critiques and computer workshops.
Continuing Your Journey
When you have completed this Level 2 course, you’ll have the qualification needed to advance onto any one of our specialist Level 3 diplomas, including Fashion & Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Jewellery Design, or 3D & Spatial Design.
Alternatively, you can also take the more general Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design here at The Manchester College, if you don’t want to specialise yet. Whichever route you take, you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding career in design and visual arts.
Fees, Finance & Funding
Most equipment for this course will be provided, but you’re expected to buy your own materials for the Final Major Project. Any trips or visits are usually funded by yourself, but can be subsidised by the college at times.
If you are required to pay any fees for this course, or you need help affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available that are specially designed to help you. These range from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out more on our fees, finance & funding page.
Got a question?
Do you want to ask us about something specifically on this course, or find out more about the possible career opportunities this qualification can help you get?
Whatever questions you might want to ask, big or small, our course enquiry team is more than happy to help! Just send us a message or give us a call here.
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Design & Visual Arts
If you never stop doodling on scraps of paper or love nothing more than redesigning and upcycling your old clothes, then a course in Design & Visual Arts could be just what you need to express your creativity and hone your artistic flair.