Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Art and Design

Art and Design

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UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design

This course has been developed to provide learners with an interest in art and design with the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities, and to begin to develop some related technical skills.

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Is this course right for me?

On this one year course you will learn by completing assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will sample a range of vocational areas such as Art Practice, 2D and 3D Design. You will develop your understanding of materials and techniques and explore new ideas by creative use of drawing, painting and sculpture, and the use of visual language to communicate these ideas effectively.

  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • A portfolio/examples of work will be required for this course
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 1 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting

This programme consists of integrated units enabling experience in a range of disciplines.

You will:

  • Work creatively with a wide range of 2D and 3D media and improve drawing skills
  • Make 3D objects such as sculptures and ceramics
  • Explore the potential of modern technology
  • Use directed study to support assignment activity
  • Work confidently in a group and independently
  • Have practical demonstrations and discussions and use specialist materials and equipment
  • Use notes, handouts and ICT

Units studied include:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Unit 2 Introduction to contextual research in art and design
  • Unit 3 Introduction to drawing skills
  • Unit 4 Introduction to communication skills in art and design
  • Unit 5 Solving 2D creative problems
  • Unit 6 Solving 3D creative problems
  • Unit 7 Solving time-based creative problems
  • Unit 8 Developing and producing a personal project in art and design

Units 1-7 are delivered through a series of assignments and each unit must be attained prior to starting unit 8. The assignment for Unit 8 will decide the final grade awarded (Pass, Merit, Distinction).

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Completion of a final major project

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Art materials - you will be told about any specific items during or before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £70 art workshop fee each year before you start the course
  • You can rent a locker for £10 per year this will be refunded if the locker remains undamaged and keys are returned
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 07/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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