Skip to main content

UAL Applied General Diploma / Extended Diploma, Level 2

Art & Design

Our aim is to discover what really excites you about Art & Design. This course offers a general introduction to a wide range of art and design experiences.

The qualification has been designed by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organization in England.

If you are excited about Art and Design, enjoy being creative and are considering a career in the creative industries, Art and Design Level 2 could be just the course for you. Our aim is to help you discover what really excites you about Art & Design whilst equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress onto Level 3 and support progression into the creative industries.

The main areas you will study are:

  • Lens-based media and photography
  • Digital Illustration
  • Fine art, printmaking, sculpture
  • 3D design
  • Textiles and surface pattern
  • Graphic communications
  • Media production and digital editing processes

Emphasis is placed on visual research and exploring the work of other artists and designers.


Individual topics may include painting, photography, computer graphics, experimental mixed-media, screen printing, relief printing, graphic design, designing for gaming and creative textiles.

Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course

After your completion of your level 2 qualification, you can progress onto Level 3 Applied General Art and Design where you are able to continue with developing your individual skills in an area of your choice.

It is particularly suitable for anyone who is unsure of what specialist art and design area they would like to focus on, or who did not take GCSE Art.

Four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English and Maths.

The course is made up of eight units. The first two units are assessed early in the programme and allow you to gain the Level 2 Award. Following on from this you will continue to explore a wide range of art and design subjects, media and ideas as you work towards the full Level 2 Diploma. There are no exams but, at the end of the year, we set a Final Major Project to test your skills and understanding and to establish your grade for the qualification.

Where can it lead?