The University of the Arts London Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design is designed to build on the skills knowledge and understanding acquired at School or previous experience to provide an opportunity to explore develop and test your creativity.
The qualification structure provides a sound base of skills and knowledge will enhance self confidence and impart an understanding of the career demands and opportunities within art and design. If you`re interested in developing a portfolio for application to more advanced level courses in art and design this course is ideal. Read our blog post Why Invest in an Art and Design course at Edinburgh College.
You`ll study a wide range of different specialities and the course is structured to allow you to develop your interests while being introduced to new specialist areas. It`s the perfect preparation whether you`re a school leaver or more mature student to develop and explore ideas materials and visual imagery through the use of drawing and sketchbooks. It will allow you to widen your knowledge and understanding of the creative process.
You`ll put your learning into context by researching relevant artists and designers. The course also offers you the rewarding opportunity of exhibiting your final major project in an end of year show
- 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
How Course Is Assessed:
- This is a practical studio based course based on continual assessment of Art and Design work
- Student can gain an overall final grade of Pass Merit or Distinction
Number of Days per week:
- A minimum of 4 N4 including Art and Design and English (or equivalent)
- Successful Portfolio submission
- Employment at a junior level within the creative industries
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process in sketchbooks and larger scale imagery. Potential applicants should take note that the selection decision and emphasis is based on the portfolio assessment and interview rather than only on specific qualification grades. You’ll need to consider that we may ask you questions at interview about your knowledge of artists and designers work and what areas of art and design you are interested in and why. Essentially we want to know more about you and what makes you ‘tick’ creatively. In order to fully gauge your creativity, we will not only offer you an interview but will ask you to make a portfolio submission of your recent practical and contextual art and design work. 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. Try to include a variety of work that shows your 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. 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. Potential candidates studying school qualifications in art and design (such as Intermediate 2 Highers A-Level) are strongly advised to either scan or photograph your course work before it is submitted for external examination as we can only offer places after seeing your practical artwork at interview. Candidates who have applied through UCAS are also advised to include your UCAS personal statement to enhance your folio submission. This can be handed in with the portfolio at interview or within the information in support of your application section online. Digital based work can be shown via disc memory stick or online at interview. Candidates should present your work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with your name and address on the outside. Simple A1 folios can be made out of card - please do not submit work rolled up. If you do not have a portfolio of work from either school or personal study for application to the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design you should undertake the tasks bellow and bring the drawings to 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.
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.
You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form structure texture colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). Candidates without a portfolio applying for an introductory course should complete a minimum of six drawings as above and bring them on the interview date.
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- UAL level 3 Diploma
- UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
- Specialist HN qualifications within Art and Design
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