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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

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About the course

This course will give learners a first step to gaining a national qualification in Art and Design and will introduce them to a wide range of creative techniques and imaginative ideas.

Entry requirements

A portfolio of Art and Design and a strong interest in the subject is essential. This course offers flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff, with an opportunity for the learner to present their work and discuss their requirements of the course.


Students will achieve the prestigious UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This is a fast-moving course with innovative assignments - taught by dedicated and professional lecturers. Students will study drawing, painting, 3D design, digital art/illustration, graphic design, illustration, printmaking and animation. The Level 2 Diploma had an outstanding success rate last year. We can guarantee the student a rewarding course that will focus them on progression to Level 3 courses and a rewarding future in the creative industries.

See some of the work our students have created on Instagram.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.

How will I be assessed?

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.

Where will the course take me?

90% of learners progress to one of our Level 3 qualifications in a creative subject in The School of Art and Design at West Suffolk College. Those wishing to seek employment will be fully supported.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need a range of basic art and design equipment and an A2 portfolio. A fee for trip and enrichment is collected at the start of the year.

Days & times

Date(s) to be confirmed

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