UAL Level 2 Diploma Visual Arts

Diploma Visual Arts

Course Details

Subject Area
Visual Arts
Age Group
16 - 18

City Campus Manchester
(Full Time - 1 year)

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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.

Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

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.

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.

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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.

You'll find that there's lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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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.

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