Art and Design Level 2 Diploma

Gain the knowledge and experience for employment or progression onto one of our Level 3 pathways in either, art and design, fashion and clothing, graphic design or photography.

  • Level

    Level 2

  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

Explore your creative side in our warm and friendly, purpose built spacious studios, all together in their own designated zone within the college.

The art and design industries infiltrate our world through endless routes of specialised creativity including painting, textiles, printmaking, graphics, fashion, computer design, concept art and sculpture to name but a few.

BTEC Firsts in Art and Design can help you take your first steps towards a career in visual arts. You will learn essential skills throughout the year including following briefs, meetings clients’ needs and communicating your ideas through art, design and exploration. The qualification give you the chance to explore your creative abilities, develop your individual knowledge, skill and understanding.

During the course you will work to gain:

  • An awareness of different viewpoints and approaches within the arts industry both historical and contemporary
  • Skills in research, analysis and evaluation to assist in your development of creative solutions when meeting a brief
  • An ability to use safely the appropriate materials, techniques and processes necessary for the production and application of art
  • Reflective evaluative and annotation skills to help you with your individual learning development and decision making, planning and time management
  • Practical 2D and 3D skills through research, experimentation and design

BTEC offers structured professional qualifications for anyone taking their first steps into the world of work, recognised by universities throughout the United Kingdom. You will follow a one year programme that will prepare you for your next step in your education and career prospects.

BTEC have worked closely with over 5000 employers, universities, teaching professionals and trainers in education to develop a wide range of BTEC Arts qualifications that develop an individual’s creativity and individuality.

Throughout the year you will have both internal and external set units of work in a wide range of art areas. You will be required to demonstration in-depth research for each unit, a range of practical skills, personal experimentation and development and written reflection and evaluation, these will be assessed using a grading scale of Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Minimum of 3 GCSEs grades 3 (D) or above including English and usually maths.
Level 1 qualification in Art and Design or a portfolio of work
If you do not have a grade 4/C in GCSE English language and/or maths you will be required to be working towards achieving these alongside your art course

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Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

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