Art & Design

L2 Level 2
Full Time
6 September 2021 — 24 June 2022
Barry Campus

About this course

Our Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design is the perfect foundation for developing your  knowledge, for individuals who are keen to pursue a career in the creative industries. This programme will provide students with a broad overview of working towards creative intentions, as well as practical experience of using a wide range of materials and techniques. Studying in the College's dedicated studios and multimedia suites, students will gain a broad overview of working towards creative intentions, as well as practical experience of using a wide range of materials and techniques. Successful completion of this course will enable students to progress onto Level 3 at the college. 

This programme teaches a range of specialist Art and Design practices. Students will study the foundation skills of art and design, such as exploring formal elements and generating observational drawings. The course aims to develop contextual knowledge of Art and Design, in order to enable students to appreciate the work of other artists and to find their own influences.

What you will study

Areas of Art and Design which are studied include:

  • Fine Art
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • 3D Design
  • Graphic Design

There are two timed examinations within this qualification, which provides students with the opportunity to engage in a client brief and to develop an outcome. This invaluable experience mirrors the practical, real life scenario that the majority of successful, practicing artists face during their careers.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Studio Fees: £65.00

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A* - D including English Language or Maths or a Level 1 qualification in Art & Design. You must attend an interview. You must resit GCSE English Language or Maths if Grade D or less.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessment including practical assessment and coursework

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
  • 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

6 September 2021

End date

24 June 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

17.5 hours per week


Barry Campus
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Course code



Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)


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Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ