Art and Design UAL Level 2 Diploma

Study what you want, how you want. We help you create your own study programme so that you can try different disciplines before specialising.

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College is exciting, practical, and industry focused.

We offer a bespoke creative pathway tailored to your preferred specialism.

You’ll be taught by industry trained, expert practitioners in specialist buildings housing a variety of professional facilities, including:

  • an HD TV studio
  • a cinema room
  • multiple Mac suites
  • expansive dark room
  • dedicated art workshops

This course is the UAL Level 2 Award and Diploma in Art and Design.

The qualification is accredited by the highly-regarded UAL Awarding Body. Among the benefits, students have the opportunity to have their work shortlisted to appear at the annual UAL awarding body exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.


Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College is focussed on developing personalised pathway, allowing you to undertake a broad and multi-disciplined programme of study.

Whilst learners may take this qualification in a specialist subject, it is also ideal for those who have not decided which discipline or subject area within art and design they wish to specialise in.

The creative industries need people with a mix of technical and creative skills. It relies on people that know how to work as part of a team, but still have that independent mindset, which you’ll grow through setting your own challenges.

If you’re ready to specialise in an area, we’ve got you covered too! Our specialist subjects include:

  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Design
  • Ceramics

Whatever your area of interest, you’ll be taught by industry-experienced practitioners in professional-level facilities.

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College provides an opportunity to explore, develop and test creativity through stimulating and demanding practical exploration.

It focuses on developing understanding and application of the creative process to enable the development of creative ideas and outcomes.

100% coursework (there is no exam). Coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated by UAL Awarding Body.

Throughout the course, you will be required to complete additional tasks, including research, on your home study days.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

You need to have 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English and maths, with a keen interest & evidence in the subject (example of work or portfolio).

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Banbury and Bicester 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.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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