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Art & Design | UAL Diploma in Art and Design | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0058-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 2 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our Art & Design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of areas including: drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling students to develop the skills to progress into creative industries with energy and the confidence to thrive.

Brighton is renowned for its creativity and our creative industry facilities live up to that reputation. Our extensive range of specialist art studios and workshops are spacious and well-equipped. Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include a graphic design suite, 3D multimedia suite with motion capture, video studio and equipment, plus traditional dark rooms for photography. We also have Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

At least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths, and a portfolio review with the course leader.

Your portfolio of work must demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You are required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time.

Entry requirements

Course units

You will build on your previous knowledge and skills in art and design, including history, research and portfolio development.

Course topics include:
  • Developing materials
  • Processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, digital skills, photography, textiles & fashion
  • 2D and 3D problem solving
  • Developing knowledge and contextual awareness


The course is divided into three stages of which you are required to pass each stage before progressing to the next.

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The Creative Industries department at Brighton MET has an extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios.

  • Extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios
  • 3D printer, laser cutting machine, large scale ink jet printer, Canon EOS DSLR cameras, Mac animation suite, photographic suite
  • Printmaking workshop (screen, lino, metal and dry point etching)
  • Plaster, ceramics and glass workshops
  • 3D wood, metal and plastics workshop including a forge, a pattern cutting room and fashion studios

Why the MET?

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients, and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Work experience

The completion of a work placement or work-based experience, can take a variety of forms, whether this be in the form of work experience with an external company, work related experience with live projects such as commissioned work from an internal or external client. Our Level 2 students have worked with Brighton Fringe on their children’s art competition. Students curated a show displaying primary school children’s work and ran a drawing workshop with them and their parents.  

Work experience will be planned in blocks or days during the year. You will be informed when your block is scheduled during welcome days and another reminder will be given at induction.

During these work experience blocks, if you are re-taking your English/maths GCSEs, you will be required to attend tutorials in these subjects as normal. Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience, however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure a placement. Your placement will need to be approved by the College in advance of the placement.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content, allowing you to demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real life setting, with real work for real clients. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio for employment applications, which is definitely the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

Alongside contextualising skills and techniques, we align you with the sectors way of thinking through work-based experience and activities. You will hone your employability skills by: meeting and greeting clients; understanding what the client is looking for in terms of commissioned work outcomes; making idea suggestions and taking feedback from clients and employer; delivering presentations; turning up on time; wearing the right clothing; delivering to set deadlines; understanding health and safety processes and possibly producing risk assessments.

Lastly, we encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and to talk about at interviews. This demonstrates that you are generous in giving up your time to help and support others, and it shows your willingness to give back something to your community.

What's next?

This Level 2 Course allows you to progress to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design, Photography or Filmmaking

On successful completion of Level 3 you can consider university, employment or an apprenticeship. 

Future careers include: 

  • Graphic designer  
  • Illustrator
  • Fashion designer or maker
  • Textile designer or maker (printed, woven, embroidered fashion, furnishing fabrics) 
  • 3D designer, maker, jewellery designer or product designer
  • Interior designer
  • Spatial designer
  • Educator
  • Freelance practising artist
  • Art therapist

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs:

The majority of the equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase an art kit from the college at the start of the course. We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work. There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.

Additional information

There are a number of parental/carer consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide parents/carers with the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress made at college.

  • alumni Views Isaac O'Riordan UAL Level 2 Art and Design

    “Isaac is autistic and found the familiarity of college life reassuring and supportive and it has allowed him to engage in a multitude of extra-curricular fashion projects.”

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