Art & Design

L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This UAL Level 2 Award and Diploma in Art and Design will suit anyone who is interested in a career in art and design. You will get to explore a wide range of media and design techniques including 3D design, ceramics, textiles, graphic communication, print making and painting.

What you will study

Most students who successfully complete this course progress onto one of the Level 3 art and design related courses run at the College. Successful completion of a level 3 course can allow you to progress onto university.

Candidates will be expected to show evidence of an Art and Design Portfolio at interview.

On the course you will study four projects themed by:

1. The Formal Elements in Art and Design
2. Still Life: Light and Measure
3. Design & Make: 2D Art, 3D Design and Animation for a Purpose
4. Personal Final Major Project

They will include subjects such as:

3D Design
Graphic Communications
Contextual studies
Digital Portfolio in Teams for each Project
Essential Skills Application of Number, Communication and ICT

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A* - D including an Art related subject, English Language and Maths.


Level 1 qualification in Art & Design to include English and Maths at D or above. 
Candidates will be expected to show evidence of an Art and Design Portfolio at interview.

You must provide a Portfolio and may be requested to attend an interview. 
You must re-sit GCSE English Language or Maths if Grade D for successful progression onto L3 qualifications.
Candidates will be expected to show evidence of an Art and Design Portfolio with a range of drawings to the standard required for entry onto the L2 course.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



UAL Level 2 Diploma In Art & Design


What our students say

My highlight of this course is learning to sew and being able to explore all of the themes that I wanted to and producing a really cool cowboy project. My plans after college are to go to Brighton University and study fashion design and business studies so that I can then go on to potentially own a store. This course allowed me to find my specialty and, with the support from my tutors, I was able to learn and refine my skills. 

Art Foundation
Caitlin Rees
Previously studied Art & Design level 3, and Art & Design – Foundation level 4.

Career prospects & further study


Within the Creative industries, there are nearly 3,000 job openings predicted from now until 2024 and a 16.0% growth in Cardiff Capital Region (EMSI, 2018).

After completing this course, successful candidates may have the option to continue onto the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design. Many students also pursue employment apprenticeships within the industry.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE